The Hole in the Wall on Top Shelf!
May 23, 2008 7:09 AM   Subscribe

The Hole in the Wall [via mefi projects] is our own interrobang's surrealistic cat story now being serialized at Top Shelf Comics as part of their new Webcomics section, and it's definitely something special - pen & ink & watercolor adventures of two cats exploring a mysterious and dangerous underground landscape. More comics like this will be posted there depending on the popularity of this one, so if you love art, great comics, or cats, you will want to check it out. This was a part of interrobang's Year in Comics project, so if you fall in love with the Hole in the Wall kittehs (you will!), go have look at his other stuff, as well.
posted by taz (30 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I really love this story. I hope the second part goes up soon
posted by ZippityBuddha at 7:13 AM on May 23, 2008

I love the cats waking up on page 3. Yawn!
posted by avocet at 7:15 AM on May 23, 2008

I like. Top Shelf is awesome.
posted by not_on_display at 7:18 AM on May 23, 2008

Did they just get eaten? :(
posted by WalterMitty at 7:20 AM on May 23, 2008

I was actually going to email interrobang about this story, but what the hell: I'm on a committee at work that's assigned to put together an internal staff wiki. At a meeting earlier this week, we were testing out a bunch of platforms, and wanted to see how one of them handled images; the handiest image was the page 8 jpeg that not_on_display links to (I had it on my desktop because I'd pulled it down and resized it for the "hey, go check out The Hole in the Wall" on my own site). When the image went up, the rest of the staff collectively shit their pants at the awesomeness of it.

So a bunch of art museum people in Minnesota are big fans now, and since we I was projecting my screen onto the wall, I guess you could even sort of say that Page 8's been exhibited at a museum. Sort of.

On a side note, this Year in Comics strip has me mentally quoting the last line all the time.
posted by COBRA! at 7:43 AM on May 23, 2008 [3 favorites]

Side question: how do you posters figure out that certain people they're linking to happen to be MeFi'ers? Is this a much smaller community than I imagined?

Great little story too. Looking forward to seeing where it goes (which will require an updated post, taz!)
posted by adamms222 at 7:48 AM on May 23, 2008

adamms222: through the power of Projects, much of the time. For example!
posted by cortex at 8:06 AM on May 23, 2008

Very nice. I love the "wait - let's take a nap" interlude. Very kitteh-realistic.
posted by yhbc at 8:24 AM on May 23, 2008

Nice! I will be watching this one.
posted by rokabiri at 8:24 AM on May 23, 2008

Page 2: Ceiling Cat!
posted by skammer at 8:32 AM on May 23, 2008

I thought ceiling cat was on page 8.
posted by Maias at 8:46 AM on May 23, 2008

I love the fuzzed-out, freaked out cats on page 9. Yay projects, yay talented mefites! Y'all make the world a better place.
posted by rtha at 8:47 AM on May 23, 2008

Yay projects, yay talented mefites!

If you want to see more references to our wonderful fellow members, this Google search brings up a bunch of interesting ones.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:54 AM on May 23, 2008

Actually, burnmp3s, this one using "mefi's own" is probably a better search, since that tends to be the nomenclature.

Congrats, interrobang. That was one of my favorite parts of The Year in Comics.
posted by sleepy pete at 9:04 AM on May 23, 2008

All of "A Year in Comics" was unmitigated greatness.
posted by ND¢ at 9:09 AM on May 23, 2008

Oh, man. Oh, man. Until Page 8 I was completely convinced that this was going to be a 2-cat retelling of Lovecraft's The Outsider.

That would have been awesome.
posted by gurple at 9:17 AM on May 23, 2008

Thanks, everyone! I'm assuming that part two is going up today, since it's been a week. The story has been divided into four or five chapters, and (I hear) will be running for about a month. And I've gotten the go-ahead for more—on the website, at least—so I'm currently plotting a sequel and will begin drawing this weekend. Thanks for reading it!
posted by interrobang at 10:02 AM on May 23, 2008

Fantastic work. Congratulations.
posted by elmono at 10:19 AM on May 23, 2008

Nicely done. I really like the look of the waterxcolors - it makes the whole cartoon very organic.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:31 AM on May 23, 2008

I love all of interrobang's art. The fact that a lot of it has cats in it is a bonus.
posted by puke & cry at 10:36 AM on May 23, 2008

This is pretty fantastically awesome. It looks like I missed the Year in Comics the first time around, but now I've got a bunch of enjoyable catching up to do! Kudos to Top Shelf for doing this, too.
posted by renraw at 11:44 AM on May 23, 2008

I really hate cats, but that was absolutely bloody brilliant. In fact, I may hate cats slightly less as a result of seeing it.

Also, is there a term for 'silent' comics like this one?
posted by jack_mo at 2:15 PM on May 23, 2008

I love it. The cats are so ...catlike. I love naptime, the freaked out fuzzies, the little cat butt on page 2.

The watercolors reminded me of George Herriman, which is very good. So simple. So awesome. I'm going to look at it again.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:55 PM on May 23, 2008

I love this so much.
posted by luckypozzo at 7:09 PM on May 23, 2008

I love the mouth of the giant sky-cat turning into another tunnel. At least that's what it looks like to me.

Reminds me in some ways of these old comics my mom had, maybe they were her father's. The subject matter was totally different (brat children stealing chickens and other 'hijinks' that resulted, I believe, in their very messy death), but the action was almost totally silent. It horrified me, but I loved it.

This doesn't horrify me at all, and I still love it.
posted by sandraregina at 7:26 PM on May 23, 2008

Can you create custom cat cartoons?
posted by winsoar at 5:22 AM on May 26, 2008

Sure. Just e-mail me through mefi mail.
posted by interrobang at 11:20 AM on May 26, 2008

Part two is now up!
posted by interrobang at 2:05 PM on May 26, 2008

This chapter is even more exciting and anxiety producing than the first! Poor Sweet Pea, so terrified and alone...
posted by SybiL at 3:21 PM on May 26, 2008

I see that Top Shelf Productions have okayed Lost Girls to be reproduced online [NSFW].
posted by tellurian at 7:40 PM on May 26, 2008

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