Degree: B.F.A. Art
Career: Syndicated cartoonist, author
Georgia Dunn ’04 is hanging with the big cats now — online and in print.
The author of the comic strip Breaking Cat News recently signed a syndication deal that has her intrepid feline correspondents, Elvis, Puck, and Lupin, bringing the news of their day to 150 newspapers nationally. Dunn’s comic already has a national presence thanks to internet comic giant GoComics, which has the online rights to funny papers’ heavy-hitters such as Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Peanuts. Going old-school, though, is its unique reward.
“Growing up, I really, really wanted to be a cartoonist in newspapers,” Dunn said. “It’s still kind of surreal to me that none of this is a dream.”
Breaking Cat News stars Dunn’s three cats: Lupin, Elvis, and Puck and is set in her former Ashaway, R.I., apartment. Dunn on its stars:
Elvis: “He’s a great cat if you’re me. A Siamese, he’s like one of those cats from Lady and the Tramp: Not very friendly, mistrusting of people, friendly to other cats.”
Puck: “Sweet, empathetic, clever. You kinda forget how smart he is. Food obsessed. He’s missing a leg, so we call him our tripod kitty.”
Lupin: “Absolutely fearless. His father must’ve been a raccoon or a lemur. Deaf. Likes small places. Friendly like a dog.”
The cats also have their own calendar and a book. A second calendar and a book are planned. Dunn dreams of an animated holiday special. She already has voice talent in mind: Steve Martin as Elvis and Chris Pratt or maybe pro wrestler Tyler Breeze for Lupin. Puck has yet to be cast. Maybe Aziz Ansari.
Dunn says she’s content, though, with the cats’ and her success to date.
“It’s a modest salary but a full-time job,” she says. “If every month I’m in a few more newspapers and attracting a few more readers, I’m happy.”