Most memes are like flavors of the week. They create a stir, and then suddenly disappear, lost to the annals of the Wayback Machine. Occasionally, however, a meme is so dank that it persists beyond its short expected lifespan. Grumpy Cat may be the first meme to be so incredibly dank that it becomes immortal.
The puffy-faced, sullen-brow cat has multiplied like a rabbit, spawning a media empire that has escaped the digital matrix and proliferated reality. Lifetime recently made a movie about her where she was voiced by Aubrey Plaza. Personalized Grumpy Cat plushies have even appeared in my alma mater’s bookstore. Now, Grumpy Cat will appear in my local comic store (and yours!), too beginning this October.
Rebekie Bennington, artist: “When I first got the message about doing some art for Grumpy Cat, I didn’t know if I could handle the pressure of being judged by the grumpiest cat on the internet… but then I realized that my own general grumpiness made me a perfect fit!”
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.