This colorful graphic novel features the philosophical and existential musings of a cat named Penny.
Told through a collection of stories, Penny: A Graphic Memoir wanders through her colorful imagination as she recalls her humble beginnings on the streets of New York and waxes poetic about the realities of her sheltered life living in an apartment with her owners.
Filled with ennui, angst, and vivid dreams, Penny proves that being a cat is more profound than we once thought. A unique blend of high art and humor, Penny: A Graphic Memoir perfectly portrays one cat's struggles between her animal instincts, her philosophical reflections, and the lush creature comforts of a life with human servants.
"What sets Penny apart from the cat crowd is Stevens's skill at depicting her. A bit snub-nosed, like an English shorthair, Penny is shown in both her most graceful and most endearingly awkward poses, always identifiably feline and yet with an obvious intelligence and focus that makes her most lofty thoughts credible. It's this clear-eyed love and attention that makes Penny stand out, revealing, as great authors do, that even the smallest life may be full of interest - and profound." - The Arts Fuse
"Stevens employs his detailed and stylistic realism to nice comic effect. [His] clever send-up should delight the feline faithful." - Publishers Weekly
Penny: A Graphic Memoir by Karl Stevens
Chronicle Books 2021