Jethro Q. Walrustitty,
aka "Walrus", aka "Fur Bearing Bastard"
she is, by popular demand, Walrus the Wonder Cat in all her
majestic splendour. This remarkable photograph captures Walrus
as she… ummm, well, I'm not sure. As those of you who've been
following my work will know, Walrus has been with me for many
years and has been a star of my work since the mini-comic
days of the mid-eighties.
her first appearances she's been a popular character in virtually
all my comics, receiving her own fan mail, including one reader
who sent a poem "to be read to Walrus". Walrus remained unimpressed
by poetry, something we share. Another reader sent her a catnip
ball, but I had to throw it out as it got covered in cat spit
and it grew mould.
to the Upton household will tell you that Walrus is a friendly
cat, they might remark on her considerable size and that Walrus
has a peculiar way of sitting on her backside that drives
at least one regular visitor to near hysterics over the cat's
cuteness. She is also, officially, the most talky cat in the
world, almost anything I do in her presence she finds worthy
of comment and some visitors have been exasperated trying
to reply to her "meow storm", as I call it.
being combed, pineapple, scones and thinly sliced watermelon.
She's getting on somewhat, she rarely ventures outside except
briefly on sunny days, she eats and sleeps and plods from
bed to sofa to litterbox. She can achieve surprising bursts
of speed when catching mice, once lunging after a furry interloper
between my legs while I was at the drawing table!
been my friend for many years and sometimes when I've been
depressed she's the only reason I can find to get out of bed.
I have to go now, Walrus is hungry…