Saturday , 19 October 2019

Get to know Scott Metzger – You’ve Seen His Cat Cartoons Everywhere!

PurrfectCatNames is honored to bring you an interview with Scott Metzger! If you have a Facebook account, we know that you’ve seen his amazing cat cartoons!

A recent one showed a male and female cat on a date at a romantic restaurant. The waiter comes over, and asks if they would like a box for the rest of their meal. They say “yes”, and the female cat says “wow! this place is fancy!” The next part of the cartoon shows the 2 cats on their date, eating their dinner, while sitting in individual cardboard boxes, instead of on chairs while at a candlelight dinner!

So, it is easy to say:

  1. Scott Metzger has a terrific sense of humor!

-and-

  1. He obviously knows cats very, very well!

So, let’s get to know this great cartoonist a bit more, before you rush to share his next cartoon on Facebook!

PurrfectCatNames: Please tell us about yourself Scott!

Scott Metzger: I’ve been creating single panel cartoons since 1996. My comics are syndicated online with GoComics and my work also appears on greeting cards. I have my own line at scottmetzgercards.com and more of my cards are available through NobleWorks. My cartoons are also available on T-shirts, mugs, and other items. I live in Northern California with my wife, daughter, son, and two cats.

PurrfectCatNames: Your cat cartoons are hilarious! One thing that really impresses me & makes them so shareable, is that it feels like you are thinking like a cat. Do you have a cat, or did you once have a cat?

Scott Metzger: Thanks, I’m glad you like them! I get a lot of inspiration from my two cats, Max and Hannah. Max is a tuxedo cat and Hannah is a Siamese/Calico mix. They’re both rescue cats. I used to have a black cat named Frankie (he passed in 2017) and a big 22-pound Tabby named Simon (he passed in 2013).

PurrfectCatNames: What was your first cat cartoon? What inspired you to create cat cartoons?

Scott Metzger: I drew my first cat cartoon in 2002, not long after we got Simon. The joke was about a cat going off on a couple of guys who hated cats. It was essentially a cartoon about my cat Simon, who was a lovable jerk. Simon definitely inspired me to draw cat cartoons. The comic that inspired to draw cat cartoons on a regular basis was this one. I drew it in 2009 and have since drawn many cartoons with these two characters, Clyde and Clarence.

PurrfectCatNames: I’ve seen your cat cartoons shared especially on Facebook. But where else can we see them?

Scott Metzger: In addition to Facebook, you can see my cartoons on Instagram and on GoComics. I also have them on my website.

PurrfectCatNames: You have different cats it seems in your cat cartoons. Or are you inspired by one or a few specific cats when you create them?

Scott Metzger: I’m inspired by my cats, Max and Hannah, and I also get inspired by other cats I come across. One of our neighbors has a big orange tabby named Reggie. He’s a real character. Even though he’s fat, he can run really fast. It’s hilarious to watch him run. I’ve used the name Reggie in one or two of my cartoons. I think it’s a great cat name.

PurrfectCatNames: Why did you become a cartoonist? Did someone in school tell you it was a great career to pick, or did you just always love cartoons?

Scott Metzger: I became a cartoonist because I enjoying drawing and like to make people laugh. It’s a good fit for me.

PurrfectCatNames: What cartoons make you laugh?

Scott Metzger: There are many that I like and follow online. The ones that regularly make me laugh are Fowl Language, Poorly Drawn Lines, Pearls Before Swine, and Tim Whyatt’s cartoons. I also really like my friend Lucas Turnbloom’s comic, How to Cat. It’s based on his rescue cat.

PurrfectCatNames: If you have cats or pets, what are some of the funny and goofy things that they have done to inspire cartoons?

Scott Metzger: My cat Max will always, without fail, throw up somewhere whenever we leave the house for more than a few days. Not long ago, went on a trip and when we were on our way home, my wife said “So…the question is, where did Max throw up?” Then we both started joking around and saying things like “It’s time for everyone’s favorite game: WHERE DID MAX BARF?” We were cracking up and our kids were also laughing in the back seat, so I turned it into a cartoon the next day.

Hannah will sit in ANY box that’s available. You put a box on the floor and she’ll be in it in a matter of minutes. One time my wife left a small box on the floor (it was about 8″ x 8″) and Hannah barely squeezed herself into it. It didn’t look comfortable but she was fine with it and took a nap. It was hilarious. It’s like Hannah is addicted to getting into boxes. She inspired this cartoon.

My old cat Simon was impervious to the spray bottle. It had absolutely zero effect on him. He inspired this cartoon. In fact, I actually wrote his name on the plaque.

PurrfectCatNames: Your cat cartoons are mostly 1 panel. What do you like about drawing single panel cartoons?

Scott Metzger: I like the simplicity and challenge of it. I used to draw comic strips and that’s fun too — you can develop characters’ personalities and tell storylines that way. But the stand-alone joke format of single panel comics is kind of like doing stand-up comedy and I really like that.

Thank you, Scott, for stopping by PurrfectCatNames & for making all of us laugh so much!

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If you’re a cat fan – you’ll want his book! Being Awesome is Exhausting – A Collection of Cat Cartoons

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