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Jacob Mattingly Free

Long time comic strip enthusiast. Writer of popculturebuffet.tumblr.com.

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  1. about 13 hours ago on Breaking Cat News

    The smell of being alive. I also love the small detail of Elvis naturally being the one taking this job seriously.

  2. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    Poor Pucky-bear, especially given his backstory. For those not aware of it since it hasn’t come up in strip, in short, and warning for animal abuse: Puck was one of many kittens who lived in a backyard. His neighbor often looked at them, because who wouldn’t.. and one day noticed poor Pucky bear’s leg was injured and only got worse. Eventually realizing Puck’s original owner was never going to help the poor kitten, the man lept over the fence, scooped puck up and got him to Washington’s Puurfect Pals shelter. Puck barely surivived and had to have what was left of his leg amputated. Thankfully a few weeks after that Puck got fostered and eventually adopted by his family and was already the kind gentle boy we know and love. So my guess is while hearing about a cyst would be gross as is, hearing about anything related to a paw is triggering for Puck, and why new places frighten him. I could be wrong and he could have an entirely diffrent backstory here, but it comes off that way. It’s also likely why Elvis, his big brother and the cat who raised him, is the one to provide him water. Besides being best buddies of course. Elvis knows this is a lot for him and knows that he was likely sucker punched by the description of the surgery.

  3. 1 day ago on Breaking Cat News

    It’s an honor just to be nominated. Also of course it’s his big brother. Elvis is one of the only cats who likely knows what he went through as a kitten, and thus the only one who understands why talking about the woman’s paw surgery would be so traumatizing (besides just being gross. Poor georgia)

  4. 3 days ago on Luann

    Bets is now the voice of reason to Tiff avoiding her problems. Honestly I prefer this to the old dynamic of Tiff being in the wrong only because the writers tells us she should be while Bets never gets any flack for her controlling nonsense. Instead both are very flawed people but it dosen’t stop them from calling the other out.

  5. 3 days ago on Crabgrass

    I think it’s fine. At most it needs some finetuning. While many strips keep roughly the same style, many change over time. See Penny Arcade or Bloom County.

  6. 3 days ago on Wallace the Brave

    You’ve known him for a while now rose. How long is a complex topic given comic book time means you’ve all been in the same grade for closing in on a decade (rose less since she was introduced a few years into the strip), but it’s long enough to just.. trust that he can sense food like the magic potato head he is.

  7. 3 days ago on Heart of the City

    Kat looses for.. reasons not set up. I’m also still shocked DEAN is the front runner. It took the others being realistically stupid for him to win. Though kat’s dosen’t 100% gels for me as out of the quartet she seems the most likely to listen to authority figures.

  8. 3 days ago on Breaking Cat News

    And we’re back on air. The long national nightmare is over. I can’t tell you how worried I was when Georgia first got hurt that once again, a great comic strip would end due to illness. Thankfully she recovered and honestly with the stress of getting ready to move soon, it’s great having my comfort strip back. Granted Sundays will now probably be gone, but it’s a fine tradeoff. I cannot tell you how much this strip has meant to me, getting me through this move and my own cats passing a few months ago.

    I wasn’t expecting Georgia to cover her hand injury here, but i’m glad for it both to see best son elvis, and because a lot of the best strips come from real life. While the strips sprawling stories and great characters are mostly on her, a lot of good stuff comes just from taking the real cats actions and running with them. What had to be a real life litterbox kerfuffle becomes Iggy adorably playing in the sandbox and Lupin having an oh so cathaartic meltdown about his age. So how the cats reacted to her hand injury will be intresting. Elvis is both naturally first and naturally hovering around her. He’s not telling other cats she’ll never love them yet, but it’s implied.

  9. 3 days ago on JumpStart


  10. 3 days ago on Big Nate

    We switch gears but I’m still game for reading the strip daily again. Its having a good year with no real use of its worst tropes