Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I can't believe it's been two weeks since my last post. Thanksgiving kind of dominated my time since the last one. We took a week off from work and did some work around the, fixing things, and doing yardwork in anticipation of my parents staying with us. Suzanne performed her usual wizardry in the kitchen and whipped up a great meal. Obviously, Mike was on our minds quite a bit. But I thought I'd get into the spirit of the holiday and focus on something we were thankful for rather than just sit around being depressed.

And this is it:

After Mike died, we had so much to deal with, we were making very emotional decisions without the time to really think about them. One of those decisions had to do with Charlie. Mike loved Charlie so much we couldn't bear the thought of him going to live with anyone but us. Unfortunately, we already had Toonces, a 16-year-old cat who'd never spent more than a day or two around another cat in his entire life. We had no idea how he'd react to another kitty coming to live with us. But Charlie was family and we had to try. So we took him home with us and hoped for the best. We got sooooo lucky. We followed Mark Waid's advice of having Christian bring Charlie into the house so he'd "take the blame". Then the two kind of circled each other for a few days and then worried us when they seemed to be chasing each other around the house and jumping on each other. We thought they were fighting. After a month or two, we realized they were playing. It wasn't long before we were greeted at the door each night with this sight:

Though I don't think they'll ever be BFFs (Charlie's taken too many of Tooncie's favorite perches for that), they certainly do hang around each other a lot and I think they enjoy keeping each other company while we're at work. This pairing could have been a disaster (they're feline versions of Oscar Madison and Felix Unger) but I am soooo thankful it worked out. Here are some more shots of the boyz as we all hung out in the den after gorging ourselves on Suze's cuisine and Mom's scrumptious desserts.

Here's Suzanne checking out the sales papers in preparation for shopping with mom on Friday. Unfortunately, Mom caught a nasty bug at some point and got really sick. She spent Friday in bed and so there was no shopping. Suze was sweet enough to stay at the house with her while Dad and I went to his favorite used bookstore across town. Did I ever mention she's the best wife ever?

And, hopefully my friend Ken Marcus won't mind me posting this. I spent the last day of my time off drawing the pinup I've been promising him for months. It's supposed to appear in issue four of SUPER HUMAN RESOURCES. I'm almost done coloring it but it's not quite ready to post. So here's the uncolored version.

The first issue of the book should be on the stands soon and Ken's been pumping the book all over the place. You can find interviews with him on Comic Book Resources, The Pulse, Newsarama and Ain't It Cool News. It's a fun book so if you've got room for another book on your pull list, I highly recommend it.

Okay, that's it for now. I hope you all had a great holiday.


Jadielady said...

I am so glad Charlie and Toonces are getting along. I remember after my boyfriend told me about Mike's passing I thought of what would happen to poor Charlie.
He's very lucky to have awesome kitty parents like you and your wife :)

Warren said...

I can't remember where I heard it, but someone once said, "You don't adopt a cat, a cat adopts you." And that sure looks like what's happened here. Beautiful pics.

Squeeze said...

It was a nice Thanksgiving- made bearable by Charlie and Toonces. Charlie has such an outgoing personality! Toonces is the wise old sage.

I miss Mike's posts on his blog after Thanksgiving. They always made me happy. So glad to have your posts here Matt. Love you.

Brian said...

Thanks for the Charlie and Toonces pictures, they put a hugh smile on my face.

PJ said...

But, which kitty is which?

In any event I am sure Mike would be happy that you gave Charlie such a good home.

Both kitties are so beautiful, I'm jealous being kitty-less at the moment.

Matt Wieringo said...

Sorry, PJ! I just assumed everyone knew Charlie from Mike's blog photos and Leanne's and Rich's tribute drawings. Charlie is the grey tabby. Toonces is the fuzzy beige one. We're not sure exactly what breed he is (he's a hodge-podge) but we think there's some Norwegian Forest Cat in there.

Thomas said...

All animals know.
They're psychic, they know...