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Allison Breaking is a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay. So when she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it's an offer she can't refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison's ever known—because he's a cat! And this cat has stories to tell aboAllison Breaking is a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay. So when she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it's an offer she can't refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison's ever known—because he's a cat! And this cat has stories to tell about how he (over the course of a few lifetimes) has shaped the world—and another, darker story that Allison must risk all to uncover... a story of what this particular cat has been doing with the LAST of his nine lives....

Title : I Was the Cat
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ISBN : 9781620101391
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 186 Pages
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I Was the Cat Reviews

  • karen
    2018-10-28 16:45

    this book reminded me of the best garfield book ever: Garfield: His 9 Lives, which was basically authorized garfield fanfic, taking the reader through his past incarnations, all with completely different styles of artwork, many of which terrified the crap out of me when i was just a little kid. good lord. goosebumps, still.this one is a little less jarring, since i didn't have to watch the death of a beloved cartoon character again and again, but it still has its moments of subdued horror.this is a book about a talking cat. but it doesn't take place in a world full of talking animals - this is our world, and burma is a one-of-a-kind deal. he is now on his 9th life, and he decides it's time to write his memoirs. however, just because he can talk, it doesn't follow that he can also write - he is stuck with these little cat paws with their little toe-beans and all. so he hires a ghost-writer - allison breaking of the blog BREAKING NEWS (groan) to write it for him. he does not tell her she will be writing the memoirs of a cat before he imports her from america to london, but he does warn her over and over again that she may be alarmed by his appearance, to the paranoid consternation of her friend reggie, a london-born girl with whom allison is staying. but once they meet, the cat's kind of out of the bag (!!), and after some "should i or shouldn't i??" allison decides to embark on the project. she had been warned of the unusual nature of the situation, yes, but she had not been warned that burma was quite so eeeevil, having used pretty much each and every one of his former existences to try to take over the world. because he is a cat, and they appear lazy, but are secretly ambitious:This is going to sound arrogant, and maybe it's just because I've always been different, always an outsider, the only talking cat, but for my whole life, for all of my lives, I've always felt superior. And there's no sense in being superior without exercising that superiority.burma has been around for millennia. i'm not really sure how cat-lives work, but i guess when one of their lives is finished, they get to scoot forward in time to a different significant period and carry on from there. as such, burma has seen WWI, met audrey hepburn, and served napoleon, each time a different breed, but with the same basic goal. he also got to be bayonetted, drowned, eaten by dogs, beheaded, - some wins, some losses.and if you have been paying attention, you have already come to the conclusion that no cat with such a history of world-domination attempts is gonna slack off in his last go-round. so, all the while he is dictating his life to allison, he is also mobilizing a cat-and-human army to try for the gold one last time. conspiracies, assassins, doubles and disguises - a whole criminal underworld at burma's beck and's a fun little book - the only part i hated was the james bond-interlude. a little cringe-y, and definitely not as interesting as his other lives.but, like all books, this one came to an end. and like many comic books, it ends with what feels more like a pause than a coda. so, maybe there is more to come, or maybe this is just a standalone with a weakish ending. but it's about the machinations of a talking cat. worth a read, right?

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-11 11:37

    Allison Breaking is a character whose name is purely a pun so that writer Paul Tobin can name her blog, Breaking News. Sigh… that’s the level of creativity we’re dealing with here, people. So, Allison, a blogger, gets picked up to write a high profile autobiography of a wealthy mysterious figure called Burma because you know, bloggers get chosen over industry professionals all the time! Burma - you’ve guessed it - is the cat on the cover, and he’s lived for centuries and centuries and now wants to tell his story because he’s run down to the last of his nine lives. What can I say about this unoriginal piece of tripe? Well, it’s Tobin’s best since Plants Vs Zombies: Lawnmageddon, but that’s like saying vomiting is slightly better than diarrhea. I don’t know what it is this year with talking cat stories - Lynne Truss’ godawful Cat Out Of Hell came out recently - but so far, so terrible. What makes I Was The Cat so insufferable is how there’s a dual story going on with neither complementing the other and both being uninteresting. On the one hand you’ve got Allison getting used to there being a talking cat in existence (yawn) while Burma tells Allison his story. He inspired the cat worship culture of Egypt, he says. Cut to scenes in Ancient Egypt where, indeed, cats are being worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians. That’s it. He helped Napoleon in his military conquests, he says. Cut to scenes with Napoleon where Burma’s pointing to a map and saying “attack here”. That’s it. See, the point of showing is to avoid telling BUT if you’re going to tell something, then when you show it it’s got to be different or add to it in some way. Here, Burma telling Allison he helped Napoleon is sufficient - having a scene afterwards where we see Burma doing just that, and nothing else, is completely redundant. And that’s the whole book. I Was The Cat is unimaginative, unoriginal, and a complete waste of time. I packed it in halfway through - it’s amazing that this is the same writer who brought us the delightful Bandette which is a comic I’d highly recommend over this.

  • Amanda Elliott
    2018-10-21 15:37

    Here is a list of things I liked about this comic:1. It has cats!2. It has speech bubbles shaped like cats!3. Ummm, I can't think of anymore...

  • Gary Butler
    2018-11-15 10:45

    49th book read in 2017.Number 349 out of 613 on my all time book list.

  • Yodamom
    2018-10-16 16:34

    Imagine you could trace your cat's nine lives, to relive his history and his deaths. That is the magic of this comic. The wonders the cat discovered, the times he lived in are a historical carpet ride. The downside is always having to be there for his deaths. It is part of life and the cat takes it in stride. I found it fascinating and found myself looking at my cat wondering if.... LOLNice illustrations support the story without taking away from it. I hope we get more cat's stories in the future for this author. Very interesting and unique

  • Leo
    2018-10-30 13:31

    Issue one was promising, but issue two starts with a cat being run over by a motorcycle. So, no way Jose. I won't continue it reading it.

  • Jen
    2018-11-15 08:41

    Meh. This had promise, but the dumb MC, who was supposed to be this great "Breaking News" blogger, couldn't follow a simple instruction to call but not on her cell phone. Reporter instincts? Not so much. Also, if the blinking butler was on the other side once long ago, why can't he just kill the darn cat? He's the BUTLER, he LIVES there. Also, I can't see people willingly kill other human beings because a CAT SAID SO. The suspension of disbelief was waaaay too much. I liked the food as a way to control people idea, since it kind of already is (re:gluten), but I digress. I liked the artwork. It looked REAL to me. I don't go for the gravity-defying body parts and too gorgeous to be believed characters. I'm not an artist or huge into graphic novels, so my POV may not be very educated. Others have complained about the artwork, but I saw nothing bad about it. Burma's life was interesting, but I would have liked to see more from his past. All in all, not a bad book, but not one I would go out of my way to recommend. The plot holes irked me. Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC of this.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2018-10-17 14:51

    I've just found a great book for cat lovers: I Was The Cat by Paul Tobin tells the story of Burma, a cat who seems to be on his ninth life and is finally ready to have his memoirs presented to the world. In order to do so, he contacts Allison Breaking to act as a ghost writer for his biography. Allison is an American in London staying with her female friend Reggie, who is very wary of Allison's new job working for Burma. And who wouldn't be? Allison is contacted by a strange "man" who says he wants to pay her a very hefty salary to work for him. Burma doesn't tell Allison he is a cat, but he does warn her that she may be alarmed by his appearance. Reggie tries ... Read More:

  • Nicky
    2018-11-10 09:25

    I think all cats could and would try to take over the world if they could talk and had access to resources, like the comic’s main protagonist. The other two characters annoyed me a little—I think they could have been workshopped to be a bit tighter—but it’s a fun read. I especially liked the first 75% of the book.

  • Rob
    2018-10-21 10:53

    This is one of the books we bought from the Oni Press booth at Pax West last year. It's the story of a cat writing the memoirs of his previous eight lives, most of which involved him trying to take over the world. It's a great looking little hardcover and was on sale, so how could we resist?A rich stranger invites an American journalist (or, blogger, I guess?) to London under much secrecy in order to write his memoirs. The stranger, it turns out, is a talking cat, and he tells the blogger tales of his previous lives - running messages for troops through the trenches at The Battle of the Somme, convincing ancient Egyptians to worship cats, advising Napoleon during his wartime campaigns, that sort of thing. It's a fun concept, but it fell a bit flat for me. I enjoyed the flashbacks, but the idea was too ambitious for the size of this book, so most of those stories were pretty thin. It felt like they took away from the potentially interesting modern-day narrative as well, which was also left feeling a bit anemic. The stories from the past didn't really compliment the main plot at all, and as a result the book felt disjointed.This is just a minor annoyance, but I knew without checking the bio that the writer wasn't English. I couldn't tell if he was trying to play up stereotypes for comedic effect (he had villains in bowler hats, after all) or if he really thought a bunch of 'bloody hell's and Manchester United references was what the reader needed to truly imagine London. It wasn't enough to ruin the experience, and actually this fictional Disney view of London was fun, but I did find it quite jarring throughout the book. I imagine it would be even worse if you were actually English.This had some problems, but it was also a fun read with some great artwork. It's hard to go truly wrong with talking cats taking over the world.Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    2018-11-09 11:25

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog, Tobin and Dewey, you little minxes, you had me from the first page. Your exquisitely illustrated pages, the layered storyline, and fun but quirky characters. I was completely enthralled reading about the story of the world's only talking cat and his doomed attempts at world dominion. But then I came to an ending so abrupt, so anticlimactic, that I could only stare at the last panel in shock, a tear in my eye and an unanswered, "why?!?" on my lips.Story: Alison Breaking is an American investigative journalist blogger in London on assignment. She's been paid a huge amount of money to write the memoirs of a mysterious gentleman named Burma. With her 'Betty Page' influenced British friend, they take on the assignment of Burma, only to find that he is a talking cat. And what a story he has to tell - 8 lives spent trying to take over the world but always failing due to the shortcomings of the humans with whom he plots. Choosing Mary Queen of Scotts over Elizabeth Rex, Jonathan Wild, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Audrey Hepburn - we have a story of a cat in the right and wrong places at the right and wrong times. But now, with this 8th life, has Burma changed his tune? Or is he still secretly plotting to take over the world? The girls are about to find out....If you've read Bandette, you know how imaginative Tobin writes. And as for Dewey's illustrations....beautifully rendered, clean artwork with interesting angles and a strong sense of style, mood, and atmosphere. I've rarely come across an artist who understands so naturally and intuitively how to make everything into its own distinct character - the world, the location, the plot, even clothing and cars. I loved looking at every single page, from the quirk of a cat's stride to the clothing worn by the girls. Even the shoes were perfect! And then the story: a cat and mouse (pun intended) game of two innocent and quirky girls (loved them both!) and the cat leading them on, slowly unwinding a tale of a very bad kitty. We had the historical aspects and then we had the modern deviousness interwoven throughout - secret companies, cat underground, a band of thugs executing a nefarious set of executions. Who was the car courier who died? Why was the mysterious man trying to contact the girls? Why an investigative journalist instead of a real biographer?And then the ending comes and the door shuts cruelly in our face. We would get no answers to the intriguing puzzle and instead find that I was The Cat is the most achingly beautiful of presents, all wrapped up and pretty but never meant to be opened. For when you do, you find that all you have is an empty box, a promise never fulfilled. An anticlimax of an ending that leaves you hanging with no clever resolution, no wink or nod or even point to the girls being there to take down Burma's story (or Burma himself). Rather, we are given an understood fait accompli that should leave us amused but instead renders a kick in the gut.Graphic novels can be an art form and this book was heading there with a bullet. Great literary and cultural references: from Breakfast at Tiffany's to 007 to a world war. Add in art that expands upon and really elevated the story's mood and character, adding gravity and quirkiness where needed. But to see it all ruined by such a non ending is so unfortunate and frustrating.Now that I know how it ends, I will read it again and enjoy it for the journey, knowing that it ultimately goes nowhere. For it is a great journey and definitely worth the three stars rating. And at the same time, I will eagerly await artist Tobin's next book.Reviewed from an ARC.

  • Francesca
    2018-10-22 13:40

    3.5/5Tra le varie uscite di fumetti su Netgalley della settimana, una sicuramente cattura subito l’attenzione, tanto più se siete amanti dei gatti (reali e virtuali), ossia la nuova graphic novel I Was The Cat, scritta da Paul Tobin e illustrata da Benjamin Dewey, in uscita ad agosto per la Oni Press.Allison è una giovane giornalista di talento, che scrive articoli e notizie soprattutto per il suo blog e deve fare i conti con un lavoro mal pagato e le numerose bollette da saldare.Un giorno riceve una strana proposta di lavoro da un certo Burma.Benché l’istinto e gli amici consigliano Allison di non fidarsi di questo sinistro sconosciuto, lei si reca comunque all’appuntamento per scoprire che Burma in realtà è un… gatto! Sì, un gatto parlante e ben determinato.Dopo lo sconcerto iniziale, Allison accetta l’incarico, che consiste nel raccontare le memorie delle nove vite di Burma: sorprendentemente sempre presente nei momenti cruciali della storia e grazie alle sue caratteristiche feline (intuito, scaltrezza, raffinatezza, astuzia, ecc.), costantemente mosso dall’aspirazione di voler essere il dominatore del mondo, Burma a suo modo ha plasmato gli eventi e la storia.Se questa non fosse una notizia sufficientemente sconvolgente, quello che cerca di fare Burma con la sua nona e ultima vita, con la complicità dell’ignara Allison, è ancor più scioccante.L’idea alla base del fumetto è originale, la storia è raccontata tramite rapidi scambi di battute, un rapido susseguirsi di azioni, oltre ad essere narrata alternando il punto di vista di Allison, nelle parti generali, e quello di Burma, nelle pagine dedicate alle sue memorie.Il personaggio di Allison mi è sembrato un po’ simbolo del lettore in generale, la voce che esprime al contempo la sensazione intrigante verso questo gatto insolito e lo shock di fronte al fatto che una tale creatura davvero esista e da così tanto tempo.Burma ha le caratteristiche tipiche, talora un po’ stereotipate del gatto insensibile, presuntuoso e dispotico. A mio parere egli è una sorta di metafora ironica del “potere” che i gatti hanno conquistato ultimamente in rete – in questo senso la sottile critica, mai aspra comunque, ma divertita, è di sicuro effetto e colpisce nel segno.Una piacevole graphic novel, che si legge velocemente.***Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
    2018-10-25 13:53

    Catpocalypse! My first book of 2017!This was a fun read and I really liked the artwork, especially how Burma was drawn but unfortunately the plot wasn’t good. The whole idea of having different lives within a cat’s nine lives was a really neat idea but I felt like I would have enjoyed it more if Burma hadn’t been so old, if he had started in the early 1900’s instead of in Ancient Egypt. Then the author could have really focused on explaining stories in detail rather than vague overviews of important events, such as when he “lead” Napoleon and made it sound like he had a lot to do with his conquering when the only scene we get is Burma pointing to a map and telling him to attack. There were also huge gaps, like between Ancient Egypt which then jumps to the Elizabethan era. Also I feel like there is always this divide between “cat people” vs “dog people” but I really love all animals so I was quite sad to see all the dogs being killed in this novel as well as the cat that got run over, fairly graphic and might not be for everyone, especially if someone picks this up because they are a cat lover. Lastly, one little nit-picky thing that bothered me was that Audrey Hepburn didn’t look like herself! The author got the clothing and style very spot on but any of the close up’s on her face didn’t look like her which I thought was strange. It wouldn’t be hard to draw her accurately since this was basically a retelling of history.

  • Puddlyduck
    2018-10-21 09:48

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this graphic novel from the kind people at netgalley and Diamond Book Publishers.'I Was The Cat' is my first graphic novel and it's set the bar pretty high. Sure, I've read panels and leafed through chapters of various manga and comics, but this is the first volume I've read from start to finish. Dewey's striking artwork truly lends credence to the phrase 'a picture says a thousand words'. His illustrations serve to both let us into characters' world, in addition to adding more sinister implications to Burma's memoirs. In many cases, Dewey's are the only thing the reader can trust and this highlights the enormity of the cat's ominous manipulations.Despite this, the author Tobin, injects Burma with a gentile wit that I couldn't help but be charmed by. The recollections from each of his previous eight lives ended far too soon for my liking! In the unlikely event either of this talented duo are reading this review; I implore you, I want to know more!

  • Tammy
    2018-10-29 09:23

    Allison gets an offer to write the memoirs of a mysterious figure. This figure has many historical tales to tell, tales that suggest he's lived a very long life. Or nine lives, because he's a talking cat.This was a really cute graphic novel. Allison is at first thrown by the idea of a talking cat, but then she realizes this is a fascinating story that needs to be told. But that's not all: she finds a cat conspiracy that she's determined to get to the bottom of.(Provided by publisher)

  • Michele
    2018-10-31 12:39

    I purchased this book when it released and although I started reading it, for some reason I didn't get far initially. However, I am a fan of writer Paul Tobin, especially since his Witcher series from Dark Horse over the past couple of years. Finally, I gave this a proper read and very much enjoyed how Tobin brought in the historical accounts from the perspective of Burma, the talking cat, as his memoirs are recorded by Allison Breaking. As with Bandette, Tobin proves his skill with portraying periods of history that resonate believability. Add the beautiful artistic style of Benjamin Dewey, and the visual experience is like candy for the eyes. Burma is gorgeously illustrated. Dewey's illustrations are not elaborately detailed, nor does he need to because his art conveys plenty of expression and feelings without feeling heavy by an inordinate amount of detail. Instead, as also the colorist, he is able to pull in the colors that accentuate his drawings well. The only drawback I encountered was with the lettering. Jared Jones had very clean and clear lettering, however the thickness of the font was thin. I found it hard to read at times and I struggled to make sure I had enough bright light. It's a personal issue, which probably would be fine for most other people.

  • Alicia
    2018-10-29 14:36

    I really don't know what to say about this one. The premise was really interesting but I feel like a lot of it fell flat. "I Was the Cat" tells the story of a talking cat named Burma chronicling his past 8 lives while orchestrating nefarious dealings. I really wish they would have delved into Burma's past lives more than they did, most of them are boiled down to brief single panel sketches. The one life they did go into detail about I found to be tedious.The two main female characters are so blind to everything going on around them that I found it frustrating. I don't know if it's supposed to tie into the reveal at the end of the book, but I feel like that would be lending the book a little too much credit.The pacing of the book was very slow, until you get to the ending, then it's over so quickly leaves you flipping back and forth between the last few pages. I was surprised to see that there's no sequel.The art was decent and the storyline was solid, if poorly executed. I must say I had high expectations for this one.

  • Kyleigh
    2018-11-12 12:50

    3.2 Talking Cats out of 5STORY - 3.5/5 (really interesting! The melding of all kinds of historical elements that even someone who doesn't study history would recognize was really fun. It did get a little out of hand a couple time though.)CHARACTERS - 3/5 (I don't really feel I know the human characters but I'm add a half a point because Burma the cat was EXCELLENT)WRITING & ART - 2/5 (the writing was ok but sometimes stunted. The art on the other hand I really didn't like.)UNIQUENESS - 3.5/5 (It reminded me of other books I've read before but also there was a cat who was trying to take over the yeah)ENJOYMENT - 4/5 (It was so quick, interesting, and funny! I sped through this book and really enjoyed it. There were some parts that dragged a little though

  • Mrs. Hahn
    2018-10-26 15:40

    I Was the Cat is a graphic novel in which a talking cat hires a woman to write his memoirs, including his many attempts to take over the world. Allison Breaking-- an American woman in London who has a Breaking News blog and who has been hacking sites since fifth grade-- is the person to whom Burma dictates his memoirs.Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey have crafted an interesting premise, but I don't know that I'm quite sold on the conclusion. I turned the last page and saw "Bonus Material" and was wholly disappointed. I wanted an ending, dangit! The artwork is lovely, and the cast is somewhat diverse. There are bits of humor, suspense, and fear throughout. It's good, but not great.

  • Easter
    2018-11-12 08:43

    The book was not great, but it wasn't the worst either. It was disappointing, since the idea had promise: a writer interviews a talking cat that has been in famous historical moments. Alas, the primary female characters are written as incredibly stupid, which didn't help. I didn't have to know the writer was a guy to figure out why they were so badly characterized. The artwork is much more enjoyable with the cat word bubble being an enjoyable extra. My recommendation is to check it out from the library.

  • Jen Grogan
    2018-11-16 12:53

    Fun book, generally good art. I liked the two main human characters (both WOC) and the main cat, Burma, was appropriately... well, like a talking cat who'd lived through large parts of history really would be. He also looks a LOT like my cat, which I'm pretty sure is the reason my friend got this book for me.There were some depictions of violence, including violence against cats, although I wouldn't call them terribly graphic.Generally satisfied, but wasn't deeply moved by it.

  • Brett
    2018-11-16 14:53

    I was super psyched about this one - I adore history almost as much as I looooove cats. Turns out I love cats too much for this story: my bleeding heart could not handle the depictions of dead cats. So, yeah, interesting story, great art, but I'm just too big of a softie.

  • Greg
    2018-10-27 16:43

    I Was the Cat has a fun concept that takes itself too seriously. The art is serviceable, but just moves the plot along. At least artist Benjamin Dewey later vastly improved with his work on Tooth and Claw.

  • Elisabeth
    2018-11-07 15:35

    loved the artwork, sort of loved the story

  • Chad
    2018-11-16 16:24

    I found this to be a lot of fun. Allison Breaking is hired by a stranger to write his memoirs. When she arrives, it turns out she was hired by a talking cat. Burma has lived for thousands of years and tried to take over the world during his nine lives. We get to visit many of these attempts as Burma tells his story. I found the story fun and inventive and the art was very good. (view spoiler)[I loved when it turns out S.P.E.C.T.R.E was a real organization and Burma was Blofeld's cat. (hide spoiler)]

  • Cape Rust
    2018-10-30 15:32

    Trying to Make 9 Cats Use a 1 Cat Litter BoxPosted by Cape Rust in Comics, Reviews | 0 commentsI Was the Cat Written by: Paul Tobin Illustrated by: Benjamin Dewy Genere(s): Graphic Novel, Alternate History, Biography Publisher: Oni PressDescription: Allison Breaking is a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay. So when she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it’s an offer she can’t refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison’s ever known – because he’s a cat! And this cat has stories to tell about how he (over the course of a few lifetimes) has shaped the world – and another, darker story that Allison must risk all to uncover… a story of what this particular cat has been doing with the LAST of his nine lives.Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this Graphic novel. However, at no time did Tum Tum Thunder Destroyer (the Cat formerly known as Tum Tum Monster Destroyer) or any other feline threaten to eat me or claw me to death to review this book; but, I have been seeing a lot more cats lately, must just be a coincidence…What a great concept. Sure the whole talking animal thing has been done, and we all know that cats do, in fact, want to take over the planet, but to finally see it fleshed out in a graphic novel? That was cool. The big problem is that as great as the concept was, the actual execution fell short of where it could have been.Before I get into the story, I want to talk about the art provided by Benjamin Dewy. The cover of this graphic novel wasn’t one of the best I have ever seen, but it really sold the story. Not only did the cover sell the story, but it set the mood and really let me know what to expect without ruining the story. The art, like most graphic novels, had its own style — and it worked really well for this story. Dewy must be a cat person, because all of his feline representations were spot on. Burma, the main cat in the story does Cat Things, as any cat would and should. All of those quirky things were depicted well, and their inclusion was deliciously subtle. I do feel like a few of the zoom-out frames felt a bit amateurish, but never fell into the bad category. There was one point in which a historical character looked exactly like one of the modern characters. It would have been really cool if there had been some kind of subplot to go with this; however no such luck. I won’t go so far as to call this lazy, but it was close.The biggest failing of this graphic novel was that it didn’t live up the amazing concept. The electronic version I read came in at around 170 pages. To be honest I would have loved to have seen this as a 9 part series, rather than just one novel. Imagine each novel covering one of Burma’s lives in great and interesting detail. Several of Burma’s retellings felt rushed and disconnected. I would have loved to have seen more. I found the author’s choice of people that Burma attached himself to flawed as well. Burma makes it no secret that throughout his lives he tried to take over the world. The logic behind some of those choices was sound, but the execution came off as rushed and disjointed. More pages would have given us more time to see Burma’s plans and get to know better why he was doing what he did.The two human foils in this story seemed lame. They both had potential, but came off as too awkward to be roomies, but not odd enough to be an odd couple. They both had potential, but like elements in the story, they feel short as characters and plot devices. The roommate in the story was actually the worst of the two. She was bi-polar in execution, vapid, and generally pissed me off.There are so many things that could have been done to make this graphic novel a contender, but sadly they didn’t happen. The concept was great and the art fit the story, but in the end things were disjointed, Burma died some really lame deaths and the creators tried to shove 10 pounds of story into a 5 pound bag.This review was first posted on

  • Stephanie Cooke
    2018-11-01 15:24

    It should probably come as no shock to anyone who knows me that I spent the better part of an evening this week reading a book about cats. In this case, a comic book about cats written by Paul Tobin (Bandette) and illustrated by Benjamin Dewey (Tragedy Series). However, unlike The Adventures of Business Cat and Breaking Cat News, this is a semi-serious tail *wink* about a cat that plotting to take over the world in a Pinky and the Brain-esque fashion, minus a Pinky.I received an advanced copy of this book for review and dove into it completely unaware of what it was about and was completely shocked by the direction it went. I’ve been a fan of Tobin’s writing for things like Gingerbread Girl and Bandette, so I knew his work could be quirky (plus he is one of those Portland people :P), but I think this stepped up the game for quirky a little more this time around.As I mentioned, the story revolves around a cat that wants to rule the world, but the majority of the story gets told from the perspective of a woman who is writing the memoirs of said cat who happens to be named Burma.The art is great and I had been wracking my brain the whole way through the graphic novel trying to figure out where I knew Dewey’s art from. Finally it dawned on me that I knew his work from the aforementioned Tragedy Series, which is wonderful, by the way. His art works perfectly for this book and adds life and character to Tobin’s words. Each character, person or cat, has its own unique look. His art is elaborate and yet doesn’t feel overly detailed when you’re looking at, providing you with exactly the right amount of information for each panel. I never felt like I had to go back to look at something more than once since I felt like it conveyed what it was meant to.To be honest, despite nice things said about the book, I don’t know if I loved it or not. You would think that a book about a crazy megalomaniac cat would be right up the alley of a crazy cat lady, but I don’t know. Maybe it was the way the story ended or the overall pace of it, but something just didn’t wow me. It definitely had an interesting take on several prominent moments in history and maybe that’s also what the book lacked. My favourite moments in the story were when Burma (the cat) regaled us with stories of his past attempts at world domination alongside the Egyptians, Moriarty (or rather the person he was based on), Napoleon and more, but that was what I wanted more of. We go back and forth between the present and Burma’s previous lives (of which he has nine, duh) but I wish there had been more to those stories as I was much more invested in them than anything else.VERDICTI don’t want to say that this book isn’t worth reading because I do think that it’s enjoyable, but I don’t know if I would personally add it to my shelves, physically or digitally. It just didn’t feel like a story I would ever come back to again. Tobin and Dewey are both good on the book and I would definitely like to see them team up for something again, maybe just a book solely devoted to Burma’s past lives, but I didn’t feel like I needed anymore of the other story being told.I Was The Cat also has a deceptively friendly title to it and it should be noted that despite how it might sound, it’s not an all-ages book. There are definitely a few bloody scenes and references to movies and other stuff in history that older audiences will appreciate much more.I’ll leave things off by giving this a tentative buy sticker from me. If you see it in stores, read a few pages of it. The tone gets established pretty much right off the bat and if it seems like your cup of tea from that, then chances are you’ll enjoy it, otherwise, it might not be for you.

  • Marlowe
    2018-10-28 12:50

    I picked this up off the library shelf because I had some time to spare and it was a graphic novel (and therefore a fast read), and it had cats. SOLD!Unfortunately, it left a lot to be desired. The story is about a blogger named Allison Breaking (so named so that she could pun her name - if it even counts as a pun - by calling her website 'Breaking News', uuuuugh), who is hired by a wealthy and mysterious person named Burma to ghostwrite his memoirs.Except that her new employer turns out to be a cat! Dun dun DUUUUN!There are mostly two stories being told. In the first, we have Burma's story of his previous lives. In the second, we have the present day story of Allison coming to terms with meeting a talking cat, and her discovery of his current plot for world domination.First, the positives: The artwork is very good. It isn't particularly stylized, but it's solid and clear. I also enjoyed all the little easter eggs hidden throughout the images, like the Pulp Fiction assassins, or the random Neil deGrasse Tyson.The problem is that the narrative felt very disjointed. The conceit of the nine lives could have been interesting, but ended up just being Burma listing off famous people he's met. It doesn't make much sense, either, except in a 'how history tends to get taught in primary school' sort of way. There's no reason for Burma's first life to be in ancient Egypt, but then not again until the Elizabethan era. After that, as we get into history that the readership knows more about, his lives seem to come fairly regularly. Why the gap, except to make some joke about the ancient Egyptians worshipping cats?The world domination plot was rather disappointing, largely because it wasn't adequately set up. The insider trying to warn off Allison doesn't seem to care much whether she's warned or not, and doesn't really seem to be trying to accomplish anything in particular by revealing the plot to her in any case. And once he does manage to warn her, what does he say? He tells her not to worry about it. So that was plot time well spent...And that really sums up the whole book for me: There are lots of ideas, mostly a mish-mash of pop culture references, all thrown in together, but none of them serve of purpose or lead to anything.And did Burma's evil plan remind anyone of the Leviathan plot from Supernatural?

  • Naayell
    2018-11-09 10:51

    I liked the artwork but the story... meh.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-11 15:48

    I bought this collected graphic novel cold on the recommendation of a comic shop owner, and for the majority of the read, I really enjoyed it. It moves fast and there's a lot of fun to it. The setup is simple: a popular blogger is summoned by the mysterious, wealthy "Burma" to write his life story. Burma, it transpires, is a talking cat - a talking cat in the last of his nine lives, who has spent most of human history attempting to take over the world. Of course, he gave that up a long time ago; now, he is content to have his every need met by a butler, and to oversee concerns.Sure. That doesn't sound like a convenient cover at all.Tobin spends 12 issues of story veering back and forth between the tales of Burma's previous lives (at least, as much as the cat feels like telling) and the slowly unfolding revelations of his latest scheme. The idea of an over-intelligent cat wanting to take over the world is surely going to find resonance with many, many readers as a simple but all-too-plausible fantasy, and quite a few of them will also recognize the various historical, literary, and filmic situations into which Burma has inserted himself. (The James Bond sequence - without ever using the name James Bond - is especially chuckle-worthy.) It's all very entertaining, and Benjamin Dewey's art is clean and clear, which is exactly the sort of thing I usually prefer. Unfortunately, about halfway through, I got a gnawing sensation that protagonist Allison Breaking and her friend Reggie were almost willfully obtuse to Burma's machinations. They stumble around and spend chapter after chapter (originally issue after issue) completely oblivious to really, really suspicious things going on around them. When the denouement finally comes, it happens with almost staggering abruptness - and it's not terribly satisfying, which is a real disappointment. It's possible that this is only the opening volume in a longer story, but if not, it's a shame. The setup is great, and the bulk of the book is very enjoyable indeed. It just...ends. And I'm not sure why.