Mehitabel the Cat--Star or Co-star?
Updated May 4, 2017.
When I tell people that my cat’s name is Mehitabel, they usually reveal themselves to be in one of two camps.
The first group says, “Huh? What kind of name is that?”
The second group smiles knowingly and often tell me that they once had a cat named Mehitabel.
Since Mehitabel’s namesake was a literary cat, co-star of Don Marquis’, The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel, it was only natural that my Mehitabel would find herself in print.
If you haven’t read Don Marquis’ tales of Archie, a cockroach that has been reincarnated as a free verse poet, and his living-on-the-edge companion, Mehitabel the cat, I suggest you pick up a copy immediately.
Written as essays in the early part of the 20th century, they still strike a chord almost 100 years later.
I am a painter who has only recently added writing and cartooning to my creative repertoire.
I’ve dabbled in cartooning very sporadically since high school, but in the past six years it has become a passion.
Because I’ve been a self-employed artist for the last 25 years, my cats are my constant studio companions (when they are not banished to the great outdoors.)
I finally figured out that if I put a comfortable pillow on my drawing table, Mehitabel (mostly) stays off of my current work in progress.
Mehitabel asked if she could say a few words to your audience, as it is a rare treat for her to address a group that is not completely panda obsessed.
“Thank you for inviting me to your website. It is a big relief that there are still people in the world who care about cats.
If I never see another pandas-on-a-slide video again, it will be too soon.
Although I come from humble origins, I quickly took charge and established my superior position in the household.
Really, if she-who-must-obey-the-cat didn’t have me to sing directly in her ear as soon as it gets light, she might sleep the entire day.
If it wasn’t for all those pandas, my cartoons would still be all about me.
I can’t believe she named her books The Panda Chronicles, when I am clearly the star.
And then there is her book, Pandamorphosis, where the cat wishes to be turned into a panda . . .
. . . As if!”
About the Guest Author
Anne Belov has been drawing and painting since the time she could hold a crayon. After receiving a BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art, she moved west and, since she didn’t learn everything the first time, went to art school again, receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Washington.
She now makes her home on Whidbey Island. There are, to her knowledge, no pandas in her backyard.
Her books, volumes 1 through 4 of The Panda Chronicles and Pandamorphosis can be found at YourBrainsOnPandas.com. You can find Anne on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.
"Think playful pandas and you have a “what if” tale of transformation that will transport readers into a moonlit night of wishes and fantasy. Pandamorphosis is a visual adventure that explores the unintended consequences of getting what you wish for. Follow a night of magic adventure as a young girl’s passion for pandas, her pet kitty, and pandas on the loose create fun and mayhem."
The Panda Chronicles Book 1: Your Brain on Pandas
"Panda satire is alive and well in the first volume of The Panda Chronicles. Join Bob T. Panda and his cartoon friends from the popular blog, "The Panda Chronicles" as they prove that it IS all black and white! Be the bear!"
The Panda Chronicles Book 2: Wheel . . . Of . . . Pandas
"In The Panda Chronicles Book 2: Wheel...of...Pandas, Bob T Panda, Mehitabel, and the panda kindergarten return with more panda fun. Join them in their quest for Panda Olympic Gold, watch the daytime drama panda soap operas, and that ever popular game show, Wheel...of...PANDAS! You'll see pandas arrive in Scotland for the first time, and watch as the panda kindergarten gets into more mischief. These panda cartoons are fun for the whole family!"
The Panda Chronicles Book 3: Nobody Expects the Panda Kindergarten
"The panda kindergarten is back, and they're black, white, and ready to rumble! Join Bob T. Panda and Mehitabel the cat as they try to civilize the panda kindergarten. Book 3 of The Panda Chronicles shares the excitement of the 2012 Panda Olympic Games, including torch bear treachery! Travel with the pandas as they take Italy by storm. Thrill as Bob runs for president and as Mehitabel runs from the panda kindergarten! It's all pandas all the time (except of course when it's cats)...Bears just want to have fun!"
The Panda Chronicles Book 4: The Book of WU
"The fourth book of The Panda Chronicles series features San Diego's very own junior panda, Xiao Liwu, known to his friends and fans as Mr. Wu. Join Mr. Wu as he discovers life outside the den, and he goes on adventures with the ever more rascally panda kindergarten. With special guest appearances by Bee, (the bear) Inspector Panda, Princess Pinky, and the Cublanta twins, get ready for more panda fun than you can stand. If you have enjoyed the antics of Bob T. Panda, Mehitabel the cat, and the panda kindergarten in the previous Panda Chronicle books, you will enjoy this romp with pandas, for all ages."
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