Artist Matthew Inman is doing his damndest to benefit mankind, one web-comic at a time. Besides instructing the millions who surf over to his ultra-popular website and online comic The Oatmeal in the proper usage of semicolons or the pros and cons of shacking up with your S.O., the 27-year-old artist helped raise more than $30,000 to benefit cancer research (thanks his recent public battle with FunnyJunk and asshat lawyer Charles Carreon).
He also is making headlines this week after recently lending his support to a non-profit crowdfunding project aiming to create a museum for renowned scientist Nikola Tesla, a personal hero to Inman who he famously touted in an Oatmeal comic from earlier this year.
And then there's possibly his most important crusade: Bringing attention to the vicious - and potentially murderous -- nature of felines. Hence the name of his newest book, How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You, which Inman will sign at Changing Hands during an appearance at the Tempe bookstore on October 26.
As any fan of the Oatmeal would tell you, some of Inman's funniest web comics relate to the humorous hijinks and exploits Felis catus, whether its explaining why your tabby tends to disrupt your Internet time or his ongoing series chronicling the adventures of "The Bobcats" (two necktie-clad kitties that serve as middle management in a cubicle farm and parody a pair of similar characters from the 1999 cult film Office Space).
During Jackalope Ranch's conversation with the artist last year, Inman stated that he was considering creating a tome devoted to felines as one of his next books projects (stating that "Everybody loves cat comics"). He's done just that, compiling a variety of his kitty-related material into one 136-page volume.
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It includes the particular comic that inspired the title of his book, which lists nine different thing done by every single housecat does and why it's a sign that you pet is plotting your demise. (For instance, dropping dead animals on your doorstep isn't an offering for its owner, but instead a warning.)
After viewing the eye-opening comic, it totally makes us want to speak with Inman during his visit to Changing Hands on October 26 about the virtues of owning a dog instead.
Matthew Inman will appear at Changing Hands Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 26. Admission is free with purchase of his latest book How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You.