The fine folks at Sony had asked me to draw several cats that they could send out as part of their press blast for the new Shark Tank season. I was expecting a list of unrecognizable names – TV writers for publications that I don’t read. They told me if I wanted to just draw one cat for everyone, they’d be fine just duplicating that and sending it out. And since I needed to have the cats drawn, packed up, and shipped the next morning, I figured that was probably the best idea.
Then they sent me the list. The top few names were just what I expected – names I’ve never seen, writers and reporters for Entertainment Weekly, People, USA Today, etc. Barbara Walters. Whoopi Goldberg. The rest of the ladies from The View. Billy Bush. Kelly Ripa. Jimmy Kimmel. Kathie Lee. Hoda. Wait a second.
Forget drawing one cat for everyone – this was my cat drawing dream list! So on Monday night, at around 8pm, I sat down to draw, scan, and frame 18 of the most important cats I have ever drawn – including this one for Whoopi Goldberg, in which she lets loose a rear symphony, and tries to blame Barbara Walters. And as I inked the blast lines from Whoopi Goldberg’s butt, it dawned on me that this was likely the most important fart I had ever put on paper. Because if Whoopi Goldberg is somehow moved or impressed by a cat version of herself blasting tushpickles on the set of The View, then the world, friends, is my oyster.
So here’s hoping I nailed it. And here’s hoping this stick figure cat drawing project adds “sitting on the couch with my The View gals” to the list of strange, strange places it has taken me.