Wednesday, January 31, 2007

mouse cheese cat by Grant Thomas

This is one versatile mini-comic. mouse cheese cat is a tiny (2.75" x 2.5") hand folded and hand cut comic containing many stories. Grant Thomas takes a sheet of paper, folds it, precisely cuts it, then folds it up accordian style. At some point in this process, Thomas draws a very simple story. Well, actually it's two separate stories - one across the top of each page, and one across the bottom. When you unfold the comic, it's almost difficult to keep following the story: other stories in other directions beckon with each new page. I've unfolded it and scanned a portion to give you a rough idea.

Each mini has a nice paper band that slips over it. On the band Thomas has scrawled his signature, the date and the the number of the comic. Mine is number 15 out of 450.

Visit Thomas' website store for your own copy. It's only $3 and Thomas accepts PayPal.

1 comment:

grant said...

". . .Well, actually it's two separate stories - one across the top of each page, and one across the bottom. . ."

That is certainly a viable interpretation, but I also left it ambiguous enough that you can also read it as two mice in one panel where one lives on the ceiling. Sometimes they notice each other and sometimes thay are too caught up investigating the cheese or running from the cat.

The great thing is that you can read the book however you see fit. Manga readers can read it right to left. Crossword puzzle fans can read two panels down and four panels over. I don't think I've ever read the same story twice.