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The Saddest Cat in the World by Maria Konstantinov
posted by Korou (53 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
"The inversion of this bed counters predetermined representations of a bed."

"The intention is to bring attention to mundane day-to-day tasks like opening a door, flicking on a light switch or flushing a toilet. By presenting the objects that were interacted with throughout the day without context or setting, the banality of these actions is emphasized"

Someone please make her shut up.
posted by HopperFan at 11:42 AM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


That boy is a little brat! I do not approve.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 11:42 AM on March 15, 2009


Being a cat lover I give this 2 thumbs down.
posted by Upon Further Review at 11:45 AM on March 15, 2009


Oh, the author is a complete hack. Move along people. Nothing to see here...
posted by Houyhnhnm at 11:47 AM on March 15, 2009


Why do all the faces look like the British royal family?
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:47 AM on March 15, 2009


You know, Ms. Konstantinov, I can't draw either.

That doesn't make us artists.
posted by sonic meat machine at 11:49 AM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


My mind is being blown!
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 11:50 AM on March 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


Cruel children are not funny.


This is the saddest cat.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:50 AM on March 15, 2009 [10 favorites]


Oh, the author is a complete hack. Move along people. Nothing to see here...

Since we have direct links to the Saddest Cat pieces, we can judge them on our own. We do not need to decide what we think of them based on links to her other work of which you disapprove.
posted by grobstein at 11:51 AM on March 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


Is this supposed to be a commentary on oppressive/abusive relationships? Or some outsider art with an odd sense of humor?

Either way, it's not very interesting.
posted by freya_lamb at 11:51 AM on March 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


...or good.
posted by freya_lamb at 11:53 AM on March 15, 2009


Funny: your doin it wrong.

Drawing: YDIR

Posting. YDIR
posted by longsleeves at 11:54 AM on March 15, 2009


Thanks. I find them some of them quite funny.
posted by Dennis Murphy at 11:55 AM on March 15, 2009


Where's the thread with the automatic cat washing water torture machine? A link to that would liven this thread up.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:56 AM on March 15, 2009


Is this related to The Most Saddest Bear of All in the World?
posted by sciurus at 11:58 AM on March 15, 2009


I found quite a few of these funny.

Also found her drawings reminiscent of Alexander Calder.
posted by Captaintripps at 12:01 PM on March 15, 2009


I thought the saddest cat in the world was the "I made you a cookie but I eated it" cat. I mean, it sure looked pretty damn sad if you ask me.
posted by Spatch at 12:05 PM on March 15, 2009 [5 favorites]


When unfunny jokes and comic strips die, they go to a tiny little room in hell where demons with the heads of Jim Davis and Ted Rall use them to jack off to "Everbody Loves Raymond" for all eternity.

Let's hope that when Maria turns 21 this year, she'll no longer have the time to doom these miserable drawings to such a horrible, horrible fate.
posted by Krrrlson at 12:06 PM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


louche mustachio: That is wonderfully, painfully sad.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:07 PM on March 15, 2009


Since we have direct links to the Saddest Cat pieces, we can judge them on our own. We do not need to decide what we think of them based on links to her other work of which you disapprove.

Oh, thank you for explaining that to me. I'm new here, so obviously I am completely inept at composing comments and have absolutely no idea how this whole Internet thing works in general. You're right, though—my comment is an egregious breach of etiquette. Was was I thinking? It's difficult being an ignorant noob. Should I contact jessamyn and have her remove my comment immediately, or do you think the community will forgive me?
posted by Houyhnhnm at 12:13 PM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


I thought the saddest cat in the world was the "I made you a cookie but I eated it" cat. I mean, it sure looked pretty damn sad if you ask me.

Yea, but it had just eaten your cookie. It was totally faking sad to stop you feeling mad at it!
posted by jacalata at 12:16 PM on March 15, 2009


Since we have direct links to the Saddest Cat pieces, we can judge them on our own. We do not need to decide what we think of them based on links to her other work of which you disapprove.

Um, yeah, grobstein. Did you notice this was a discussion board?
posted by cavalier at 12:19 PM on March 15, 2009


I was just responding to the seeming inference from "she's a hack based on these other links" to "these cat paintings are not worth looking at ('nothing to see here')."
posted by grobstein at 12:21 PM on March 15, 2009


Houyhnhnm, just ignore him. He's a law student, he can't help taking things too seriously.
posted by HopperFan at 12:22 PM on March 15, 2009


That is wonderfully, painfully sad.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:07 PM on March 15


I hadn't watched it for a while and forgot that it makes me cry every time I see it. I usually associate Bruno Bozzetto with laughing my ass off, too, so it sneaks up on me.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:22 PM on March 15, 2009


Well, I liked it. I think it's damned cute and poignant and funny. The drawing style is hilarious applied to the subject matter, as if done from the cat's perspective. And for those of you with an underdeveloped sense of humor: It's funny because cats aren't like that at all. They give fuck-all that you're feeding and sheltering them. This is a sensitive, beholden cat. Hilarious. I would love to see this animated.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 12:26 PM on March 15, 2009 [3 favorites]


The Saddest Website In The World
posted by briank at 12:59 PM on March 15, 2009


As someone who is heavily allergic to cats (but who has nevertheless yearned to own a cat for the past five years or so) these make me sad.

Some of them were funny in a bittersweet sort of way, but at the end of the day it feels like it comes down to a sense of belonging. The boy is such a twat to the cat, but the cat sticks around for the abuse nevertheless. This Christmas strip in particular seems to highlight that.

Or maybe I'm beanplating.

Interesting find.
posted by Phire at 1:08 PM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, which is strangely the more socially acceptable of the two (imo)...
posted by lizbunny at 1:18 PM on March 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


The saddest cat is actually the one in the movie Allegro Non Troppo.

DO NOT SEARCH FOR THIS ON YOUTUBE OR YOU WILL BE MOROSE FOR DAYS!
posted by JHarris at 1:45 PM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah, louche mustashio's link was to that sequence. The warning still stands, though. I've not seen it myself, but just hearing a description of it has driven me to tears in the past.
posted by JHarris at 1:50 PM on March 15, 2009


This is neither the best nor the worst thing I've ever seen. But really: is it worth a FPP?
posted by RockCorpse at 2:20 PM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yes.
posted by Captaintripps at 2:43 PM on March 15, 2009


Unpleasant, unfunny. Not even so-bad-it's-good, just bad.
posted by cdc at 3:20 PM on March 15, 2009


Sad cat.
posted by CCBC at 3:20 PM on March 15, 2009 [3 favorites]


OMG-D THAT POOR CAT.

I could handle it just being a cat, who is sad, but a cat whose nose is pressed to the window while another kitty is being cuddled on Christmas morning?

WHY DON'T YOU JUST RIP MY HEART OUT AND GIVE *IT* A BATH IN THE TOILET?!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:32 PM on March 15, 2009


The making-the-cat-do-chores and psychological-torture-of-the-cat ones are funny but the ones where it looks like he's hurting the cat aren't.

Reminds me of Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, which is strangely the more socially acceptable of the two (imo)...

I agree. Cartoon children coming to untimely ends is perfectly okay with me.
posted by Jess the Mess at 3:47 PM on March 15, 2009


No, this is the saddest cat in the world.
posted by WCityMike at 3:49 PM on March 15, 2009


No, this is the saddest...etc.
posted by Infinite Jest at 3:55 PM on March 15, 2009


I wish life was like that one episode of Amazing Stories, where the wheels fall off the plane, and then the guy in the plane draws a picture of the wheels back on the plane, and he thinks about it real hard and the wheels appear on the plane, because I would like to imagine this little boy into existence, walk over to him, and punch him right in the throat.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:25 PM on March 15, 2009 [5 favorites]


Is this the same cat from the post last Sunday that walked into the bathroom while the guy was taking a crap?
posted by pianomover at 4:47 PM on March 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm guessing the two week break of creative rejuvenation was a failure.
posted by Iosephus at 5:14 PM on March 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


This cat seems perfect to me. I only wish I could force my own cat to perform menial tasks.
posted by orme at 5:52 PM on March 15, 2009


Maybe the cat is sad, because it doesn't have one of these
posted by 5imian at 6:56 PM on March 15, 2009


It's just a Mr. Bill cartoon. "Okay Mr. Bill time for your bath"
Sticks Mr. Bill in toilet.
"Oh, Noooo!!"

Mr. Bill was funny for a little while, I guess.
posted by eye of newt at 7:33 PM on March 15, 2009


Wow. If you are a cat lover don't bother with this. Your cat, on the other hand, will love you for it as it will fetch him or her an entire bag of treats after you're done.
posted by fireoyster at 10:13 PM on March 15, 2009


okay nobody asked, but this is the saddest dog.
posted by cashman at 10:39 PM on March 15, 2009


Aw, this made me a sad human.
posted by Ugh at 10:52 PM on March 15, 2009


This is... bizarrely heartbreaking. I wonder why silly little pictures should affect me this much.
posted by lolichka at 11:09 PM on March 15, 2009


From what I can tell, the cat is only sad because it has somehow missed the chance to scratch the little boy's eyes out.

Apart from that, I thought the cartoon was great. I look forward to the next installment, "the saddest child" in which Maria Konstantinov weaves her whimsical way with the tale of a small boy treated badly by his sexually aggressive, domineering stepfather. Woo hoo, what fun.
posted by MuffinMan at 4:57 AM on March 16, 2009


My cat is the saddest cat in the world. Because I am at work and she is at home.

Therefore I am neither petting her or giving her food. She demonstrates this deep soul crushing sorrow by curling up in a ball on the end of the bed, or finding a sunbeam and slowly tracking it across the floor, or even spending an hour or two watching the bird cage or the fish tank. It may seem odd to us, but I suppose that we all grieve in our own personal ways.

Though it's all worth it for when I come home, she shows her overflowing love of me by waiting till I come in the room, and opening one eye about halfway, seeing that I have, in fact, returned and then going back to sleep.

Being in the presence of such incendiary affection is like standing in a blast furnace... of love.
posted by quin at 8:57 AM on March 16, 2009 [3 favorites]


For some obscure reason I can't even explain to myself, quin, your comment just made me want a cat that much more.
posted by Phire at 9:25 AM on March 16, 2009


I can never look at things like this without getting sad despite by best efforts. I know it's supposed to be funny, and I get irritated with myself for getting upset, but G'AWW POOR KITTYYYY.
posted by lizzicide at 11:02 AM on March 16, 2009


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