Manfried the Man
In this hilarious graphic novel, the roles of cats and humans are reversed, putting humanoid felines in charge of tiny, dimwitted little man-pets.Manfried is a stray taken in by Steve Catson, a slacker with a dead-end job and nonexistent love life. Soon Manfried becomes the Garfield to Steve’s Jon Arbuckle: lazy, selfish, and sometimes maddening in his weird human behavior. Yet the pair depends on each other to get through life’s troubles. When Manfried runs away, Steve musters his meager resources to find his best man-friend and bring him home safe. Ultimately, both Steve and Manfried realize they’re capable of so much more than they thought.

Manfried the Man Details

TitleManfried the Man
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
ISBN-139781683690153
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Humor, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction

Manfried the Man Review

  • Chihoe Ho
    January 1, 1970
    It took a little while getting used seeing cats as humans and men as pets. I'm actually surprised it took so long for someone to put this onto paper and turn it into a comic so thank you Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow for the enjoyable read and adorable illustrations that work very well for this f(el)ine comic!Certain quirks, truths, and stereotypes of men and cats are turned upside down... like, instead of meowing or purring, the men HEEEEEYs at everyone and everything. Or chips being the catni It took a little while getting used seeing cats as humans and men as pets. I'm actually surprised it took so long for someone to put this onto paper and turn it into a comic so thank you Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow for the enjoyable read and adorable illustrations that work very well for this f(el)ine comic!Certain quirks, truths, and stereotypes of men and cats are turned upside down... like, instead of meowing or purring, the men HEEEEEYs at everyone and everything. Or chips being the catnips of our men-pets. The comic adventures of Manfried the Man and Steve Catson will definitely tickle the fancy of cat-lovers, and could possibly be the start of a fan-favourite franchise.
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  • Elaine HowlinBooks
    January 1, 1970
    I think any cat lover would appreciate this book but for me, it could have been better.There was too much focus on Steve (the cat) instead of Manfried (the man) where I think the most potential for humour lies. It would have worked better as a series of anecdotes as opposed to one complete story as well. The story ends up being a bit mundane since it focuses on Steve, his unhappiness with life and reliance on his pet man for companionship. It's just all too normal though there are a few humorou I think any cat lover would appreciate this book but for me, it could have been better.There was too much focus on Steve (the cat) instead of Manfried (the man) where I think the most potential for humour lies. It would have worked better as a series of anecdotes as opposed to one complete story as well. The story ends up being a bit mundane since it focuses on Steve, his unhappiness with life and reliance on his pet man for companionship. It's just all too normal though there are a few humorous moments with Manfried such as his tinned man food of burgers, his tiny kitchen table for eating at and toy cars for playing with. They're just too rare to make the book as a whole entertaining.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    In the world of this story, cats rule. They often keep a man (or a few men) as pets. Manfried the Man is particularly treasured by his owner, Steve, though Steve also worries about being branded a crazy man-cat. Manfried escapes through an open window and panic ensues for Steve, who embarks on a frantic search for his man . . . and discovers a lot about himself along the way. It's a delightful concept, but I did find myself a bit unsettled by all the tiny nude men behaving like cats. They're fan In the world of this story, cats rule. They often keep a man (or a few men) as pets. Manfried the Man is particularly treasured by his owner, Steve, though Steve also worries about being branded a crazy man-cat. Manfried escapes through an open window and panic ensues for Steve, who embarks on a frantic search for his man . . . and discovers a lot about himself along the way. It's a delightful concept, but I did find myself a bit unsettled by all the tiny nude men behaving like cats. They're fantastically drawn and *very* cat-like, but definitely a bit disturbing.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    My friend let me borrow his advance copy and I zoomed through it and loved it. It won’t be for everyone, but it is for me, and I fully intend to buy a billion copies for myself and my friends when it comes out. Manfried’s and the other men’s mannerisms and expressions are so accurate, and Kelly Bastow’s art is just perfect for this story. I was impressed by the depth of emotion; the story far surpasses the obvious visual gags possible in a world where human-sized cats have cat-sized men as pets. My friend let me borrow his advance copy and I zoomed through it and loved it. It won’t be for everyone, but it is for me, and I fully intend to buy a billion copies for myself and my friends when it comes out. Manfried’s and the other men’s mannerisms and expressions are so accurate, and Kelly Bastow’s art is just perfect for this story. I was impressed by the depth of emotion; the story far surpasses the obvious visual gags possible in a world where human-sized cats have cat-sized men as pets. In short, if you are a weirdo and a cat lover (like me), you will probably love Manfried the Man.
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  • Shawn
    January 1, 1970
    My husband brought an ARC of this home, and I immediately fell into reading it because it was such a cute play on cat-obsessed people, with a man-obsessed cat. I thought it was clever and well thought out. There is an actual story, replete with plot, and even though it started to drag ever so slightly, it sustained enough interest to make it feel like a worthwhile read. Quick read. Much quicker than the three months it appears to have taken me. I got distracted by so many other books (as I am wo My husband brought an ARC of this home, and I immediately fell into reading it because it was such a cute play on cat-obsessed people, with a man-obsessed cat. I thought it was clever and well thought out. There is an actual story, replete with plot, and even though it started to drag ever so slightly, it sustained enough interest to make it feel like a worthwhile read. Quick read. Much quicker than the three months it appears to have taken me. I got distracted by so many other books (as I am wont to do), that this one got pushed further and further (literally) to the bottom of my bedside table. Glad to have finally pulled it back out and finished it. Cute, often funny, creative little tale.
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  • Ashlee Null
    January 1, 1970
    Not quite sure what I just read but I think I enjoyed it?
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Better in small doses, maybe? (Check out the tumblr.)(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads.)We’re trying to get volunteers to take part in the annual man count so we can keep track of all the stray men in the neighborhood.If he’s only been missing a day he’s probably just holed up somewhere nearby. Men like to find small spaces and hide out.Not all men though. Some men like the open space.No not all men, obviously.Steve Catson is kind of a fuck up. His apartment is Better in small doses, maybe? (Check out the tumblr.)(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads.)We’re trying to get volunteers to take part in the annual man count so we can keep track of all the stray men in the neighborhood.If he’s only been missing a day he’s probably just holed up somewhere nearby. Men like to find small spaces and hide out.Not all men though. Some men like the open space.No not all men, obviously.Steve Catson is kind of a fuck up. His apartment is a shithole, he hates his job at a call center, and he doesn't have m/any real friends. He's at that age when his peers are growing up, marrying, and having kittens of their own - but Steve is chronically single, socially awkward, and quite possibly depressed. The only bright spot in Steve's life is his pet man, a chubby little ginger number not-so-creatively named Manfried. So when Manfried goes missing - thanks to Steve's own carelessness, no less - Steve is beside himself with grief, panic, and self-loathing. Yet in his search for his beloved man, Steve might find even more than he could have hoped for.I really dug the absurdist vibe of Manfried the Man, but I think the idea would have been better served by a series of self-contained strips as opposed to a singular narrative. I love those "if humans acted like dogs/cats" videos that occasionally make the rounds, and Manfried is very much in this vein. However, I didn't find the storyline terribly interesting, and Steve is just plain irritating. I empathized with him initially - I too struggle with anxiety and depression, and sometimes feel like I'm just not doing right by my furry friends - but by story's end I wanted to throttle the guy. Blaming your man's escape on someone else, pffft. If I'd done that I'd be begging random strangers for a tongue lashing to feed the guilt. Anyway, Manfried has its cute moments (#NotAllMen ftw; naked little men running around with their naked little twigs and berries), but overall I found it kind of meh. I do wish the whole "cones of shame for men" thing would catch on, though. http://www.easyvegan.info/2018/05/01/...
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2018/01/2...Quirk Books proved to be an apt publisher for this quirky graphic novel about cats and humans having their roles reversed. Steve Catson is a slacker who has a dead-end job but loves his man, Manfried. When his chubby ginger disappears out a carelessly left open window, Steve is distraught. He needs to own up to his failings and find his man, and in so doing he is able to help the local Man Shelter and find a new ca This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2018/01/2...Quirk Books proved to be an apt publisher for this quirky graphic novel about cats and humans having their roles reversed. Steve Catson is a slacker who has a dead-end job but loves his man, Manfried. When his chubby ginger disappears out a carelessly left open window, Steve is distraught. He needs to own up to his failings and find his man, and in so doing he is able to help the local Man Shelter and find a new career path.The artwork is clean, simple and attractive; typically with a six panel layout per page. The cats who portray the pet-owners walk on their hind legs and live just as you would expect humans would. It’s the little men, that will make you pause and laugh, as it’s quite odd to see naked men acting like cats. While the artist draws that cats in various colors as you’d expect to see, it’s the men (never women) drawn with different body types, ages, and nationalities that make the panels distinctive. And instead of a meow, the men always say “hey” to one another or to their cats to get their attention.The book proved to be a more nuanced than I originally thought it might be. The front cover let’s you know this is a graphic novel, not a collection of strips , as many might expect. While stand alone strips with this role reversal would certainly be funny, this longer narrative lets you move past the juxtaposition of the roles, and you really start to connect with the characters. The story makes you root for Steve to grow up and get Manfried back. I definitely would welcome more stories about these two. Thanks to NetGalley for this clever book!
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  • KimberlyRose
    January 1, 1970
    Review of ARC, received at Ontario Library Association Super Conference.If I remove the major concept of this story, and picture it with the cats as cats and the humans as humans, it's still a solid, if unoriginal, story. Caitlin Major's schtick--the role reversal of human and cat--takes the story to a catchy level. Her written dialogue is natural, likeable. But it's Kelly Bastow's cute artwork that seals the deal. The men's (who are the cats, remember) baby penises are just the right tiny splas Review of ARC, received at Ontario Library Association Super Conference.If I remove the major concept of this story, and picture it with the cats as cats and the humans as humans, it's still a solid, if unoriginal, story. Caitlin Major's schtick--the role reversal of human and cat--takes the story to a catchy level. Her written dialogue is natural, likeable. But it's Kelly Bastow's cute artwork that seals the deal. The men's (who are the cats, remember) baby penises are just the right tiny splash of sensationalism; the expressions and movements are all emotional, believable, and engaging; and the panel choices move the plot along clearly and steadily. What isn't schtick might not be very fresh but there's some strong, simple character growth nonetheless. Steve, our cat (that is, our man) is not living his bliss, and it shows. He's unmotivated, blame-y, unhappy, living sloppily and wastefully. The universe sends him several forced wake-up calls--that annoyed me in the sense that it all just fell together for him. But he chooses to respond positively, and moderately--Steve is extremely ordinary, which is a character type I respect in story-telling: we're not all intense go-getters.I wouldn't actively look for the planned second book, but if I were bored and it was in front of my face, okay. The quirky role reversal is fun, but I was ready for it to be done by the last few pages. So, timely ended, and end it should.
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  • Kelly Lynn Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    In this world, cats are man sized and men are cat sized. Cats keep men as pets. And it is the most hilarious thing I've read in a long time.This isn't just a funny book, though--it's also a touching tale about the connections we form with our pets, and chasing dreams vs. getting stuck in a cog-in-the-wheel kind of job.The art is cute, and they really managed to make the men pets adorable. I read an ARC, so everything was printed in black and white, but I bet the full-color version looks great.De In this world, cats are man sized and men are cat sized. Cats keep men as pets. And it is the most hilarious thing I've read in a long time.This isn't just a funny book, though--it's also a touching tale about the connections we form with our pets, and chasing dreams vs. getting stuck in a cog-in-the-wheel kind of job.The art is cute, and they really managed to make the men pets adorable. I read an ARC, so everything was printed in black and white, but I bet the full-color version looks great.Definitely check it out!
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    I like weird stuff, believe me. But this book kind of pushes my threshold. In this bizarre graphic novel, we are introduced to a world where cats are human sized and human men are kept as House pets. The only thing they can say is “hey.” The book is as bizarre as this sounds. I applaud the author on her creativity as well as her art style. I did not however enjoy the plot and felt the “joke” got old rather quickly.
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  • Chrys
    January 1, 1970
    A really fun idea that was nicely done, although it did feel a touch dark at times. There were some confusing bits, would have been better if all or none of the traits had transposed. And also a disturbing lack of female cats. But overall quite good gun.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Why are there no female pets? How do they breed if they're all literally men?Yes, I overthink things sometimes and get hung up on minutiae, but world-building is important and details matter.It's cute, though, if a bit melancholy.
  • Ashly Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    This was so strange, but I kinda really loved it. RTC
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hilarious. If you’re a cat person you’ll love it.
  • Elia
    January 1, 1970
    This is adorable!It's basically the story of an underachieving 20-something who has a crappy job and is a little too in love with his pet... except the underachiever is a giant cat and the pet is a little chubby ginger balding man. I do have one glaring question though - all the pen men are... well.... MEN. There are no WOMEN man-pets, yet a big part of the story revolves around there being a bunch of strays on the streets... so how are they getting all these men if there are no women? Mmmmm.. P This is adorable!It's basically the story of an underachieving 20-something who has a crappy job and is a little too in love with his pet... except the underachiever is a giant cat and the pet is a little chubby ginger balding man. I do have one glaring question though - all the pen men are... well.... MEN. There are no WOMEN man-pets, yet a big part of the story revolves around there being a bunch of strays on the streets... so how are they getting all these men if there are no women? Mmmmm.. PLOT HOLE! LOL!
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  • Jesica DeHart
    January 1, 1970
    Oh please don’t stop, this new series is instantly purrrfect. I am not even a cat person but see the overlapping hairy humor to be outrageously on the mark. I can related as I live with three of my very own Man Pets!!!
  • Avi Bendahan
    January 1, 1970
    *I would have given this a 2.5 if half stars were allowed, but am rounding up due to my admitted bias in not being a huge fan of this type of comic.For starters, I should probably note that I am not a cat person. For that matter, I am not a dog person either. Generally speaking, I'm not high up on the fan list of the whole 'pets' thing, but that doesn't mean that I don't understand the point of view of people who are, or that I'm uninterested in reading about it. That for me was probably the str *I would have given this a 2.5 if half stars were allowed, but am rounding up due to my admitted bias in not being a huge fan of this type of comic.For starters, I should probably note that I am not a cat person. For that matter, I am not a dog person either. Generally speaking, I'm not high up on the fan list of the whole 'pets' thing, but that doesn't mean that I don't understand the point of view of people who are, or that I'm uninterested in reading about it. That for me was probably the strongest point this book managed to make ... and kind of the only one that ended up staying with me. While I did enjoy the trope of reversing the roles between humans and cats, I found that after an initial bout of comedic fun with it, the author's kind of gave up on that aspect of things, which I found unfortunate. While I do get that they were going for a slightly more serious overall story line, I don't think that the two things are incompatible, and was disappointed a number of times when I saw the potential for gags that were never pursued, or only done so half-way. I mentioned earlier that I'm not necessarily a huge fan of this type of book, and that's because I don't tend to think that this format (four panel/page comics) are an adequate form of expression when you're trying to tell a more complex narrative. Time and again I felt like things were either being overly simplified to fit into the grid, or too many pages were being used to explain what would otherwise be a relatively simple experience in most other literary genres. Again, I'll fully admit this as a bias of mine, but it also ties in with my earlier gags criticism. I find that this particular medium is strongest when it's used for it's strengths, and utilizing each of the 6 panels for a specific purpose (set up, response, reaction, conclusion). Here instead, I just found many of the pages meandering, and found my concentration drifting away each time. I don't really think that I would recommend this book, but I wouldn't necessarily advise people against it either. I'm rather middling on it, and while I don't regret having spent time reading it, I really don't think that I'll be doing that again when the follow up comes out.
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  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free, temporary, digital copy of this book from Netgalley.This is a very funny and surprisingly touching graphic work depicting sentient, human sized cats, with small men for pets. Aside from the visual switcheroo, the graphic novel is a fairly realistic view of being a cat owner, and those who love and own cats (which includes me) will find a lot to relate to. There are moments where seeing the little naked men in pet situations can be slightly off-putting, but rather than deliver I received a free, temporary, digital copy of this book from Netgalley.This is a very funny and surprisingly touching graphic work depicting sentient, human sized cats, with small men for pets. Aside from the visual switcheroo, the graphic novel is a fairly realistic view of being a cat owner, and those who love and own cats (which includes me) will find a lot to relate to. There are moments where seeing the little naked men in pet situations can be slightly off-putting, but rather than deliver a dark commentary on human control over animals (like the animated film Fantastic Planet, for example, which depicts aliens that keep tiny humans for pets), this story depicts the more positive elements of human and pet interaction, though it does have a lot to say about helping stray/homeless animals. It would be hard to recommend this book for a school library only because of the nude men-pets are depicted as anatomically correct, although I would certainly recommend it for public libraries where graphic novels are popular. If one does not have any issues with the nudity it is otherwise fairly free of mature content, containing no sexuality and little to no cursing, although the lifestyle led by the main characters will be much more familiar to adults. There is no female nudity as all of the men-pets are depicted as male, which may seem strange at first, but I think depicting nude woman pets would have introduced a whole new element to the work that could have come off as exploitative. The book is filled with many clever touches in the depiction of man-pet life, a favorite of mine being that the men-pets are fed mostly with bulk or canned versions of fast food. Seeing the men-pets interact with each other is also hilarious as they still embody certain human interactions (wrestling, high fives) while acting like animals in other ways (sleeping together in a bug pile). Also, the main man-pet looks like a human version of Garfield, which I found immediately amusing. Overall this is a lighthearted and relatable read that would especially appeal to those who love cats.
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  • Emmy
    January 1, 1970
    I had seen excerpts from the webcomic on my Facebook news feed from time to time, so I thought this might be an interesting book to check out. The premise is simple enough: Steve Catson is a anthropomorphic cat with a tiny pet human named Manfried. The original comics show Manfried doing "cat things" like running across Steve's keyboard, chasing laser pointers, or shouting at other men outside the window. It was weird (especially since Manfried is anatomically very masculine, if you know what I I had seen excerpts from the webcomic on my Facebook news feed from time to time, so I thought this might be an interesting book to check out. The premise is simple enough: Steve Catson is a anthropomorphic cat with a tiny pet human named Manfried. The original comics show Manfried doing "cat things" like running across Steve's keyboard, chasing laser pointers, or shouting at other men outside the window. It was weird (especially since Manfried is anatomically very masculine, if you know what I mean), but the comics were generally good for a laugh.The book, however, was very different. If Manfried is like reading Garfield comics, but Garfield and John have switched places, then this was like reading a Garfield comic, but John is depressed, obsessed with his pets, and incredibly irresponsible. The novel explores important themes and topics, but when one is expecting the bizarre, lighthearted fare presented in the webcomic, it quickly grows old. In short, I was disappointed.I think this falls into a weird limbo. Casual readers might feel uncomfortable picking up a book with little naked men all over the cover (I know I was very glad to have an ebook version!), while seasoned fans of the series will quickly find that while the characters are all there, the story is very different, and not nearly as fun. The ending even felt rushed and unbelievable. By the time I got to the final chapter, I had mentally checked out.In short, not a horrible book, but would not recommend bothering with it.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Somebody literally handed me an advanced reader copy of this a little earlier today, and I read it in one sitting.First impressions, this book is kinda weird. The premise of switching cats and humans around is an interesting one. The artwork is also cute and interesting, but I wish they played around with the dynamic a little bit more. I can only imagine that there are a number of fairly clever things that can be done with this sort of role reversal, but the book keeps it rather simple. (Think a Somebody literally handed me an advanced reader copy of this a little earlier today, and I read it in one sitting.First impressions, this book is kinda weird. The premise of switching cats and humans around is an interesting one. The artwork is also cute and interesting, but I wish they played around with the dynamic a little bit more. I can only imagine that there are a number of fairly clever things that can be done with this sort of role reversal, but the book keeps it rather simple. (Think about what the web comic Business Cat has done, for example).The story itself is alright, but in some ways it is a rather small story. I don't know, that if you had humans in the leading roles and cats in place of the people, that the story would be all that compelling. The role reversal seems to do a lot of the heavy lifting this time around.That being said, I actually enjoyed reading it. It is refreshing to see somebody trying something a little new, and different, and silly. I could see myself handing this over to my children to read, and I imagine that would get a lot of enjoyment from the juxtaposition and the story.Ultimately, it is an interesting and creative idea, but I might not be the target audience here. That being said, there is totally an audience for this, and I have a feeling they will really enjoy Manfried the Man.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book through the giveaways program, thank you!I zoomed through this in one sitting. This comic bit is for CAT LOVERS! I just wish I had cat friends, I'd buy every single one of them a copy. This book captures the essence of exactly what it would be like if the roles were reversed between humans and cats. I hope the authors of this book go on to do more types of animals, like dogs!! The only thing I had a really hard time getting past was the Naked man. I wished he would have had a dia I won this book through the giveaways program, thank you!I zoomed through this in one sitting. This comic bit is for CAT LOVERS! I just wish I had cat friends, I'd buy every single one of them a copy. This book captures the essence of exactly what it would be like if the roles were reversed between humans and cats. I hope the authors of this book go on to do more types of animals, like dogs!! The only thing I had a really hard time getting past was the Naked man. I wished he would have had a diaper or idk something on. It was very strange looking at fallaces almost every page. That's the only bad thing I have to say about this book. Otherwise, I truly loved how the story captured the emotions and bond between humans and animals in mostly pictures. Skills ladies! Hats off to the writer and illustrator. I loved how their personal story of how this book came to be and the hardships that came along, were included in the forefront. I love hearing about how stories came to be or the hardships endured because it just makes you appreciate the work that much more.Honestly I had the same best friend for yrs, but stopped talking to her almost 2 years ago, she's a cat lady, but I seriously want to send her this book anonymously even though we aren't in each other's lives anymore, because I know she would love this book that much!!!😂
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    I read this from an ARC, so unfortunately I did not get to see the final color art. Even in black and white, though, the artwork is a lot of fun. Often the best parts of the artwork are in the details of a panel, though, so you have to look at each bit carefully or you'll miss fun details.I think this is an excellent example of a comic that works better in small doses than as a book-length story. The basic twist, which is that the world is one in which cats are dominant and tiny men are pets, is I read this from an ARC, so unfortunately I did not get to see the final color art. Even in black and white, though, the artwork is a lot of fun. Often the best parts of the artwork are in the details of a panel, though, so you have to look at each bit carefully or you'll miss fun details.I think this is an excellent example of a comic that works better in small doses than as a book-length story. The basic twist, which is that the world is one in which cats are dominant and tiny men are pets, is cool and interesting, only...the main cat character isn't, really. He's a bit of a slacker, ignoring his talents in favor of working at a call center, and that's about all he has going on for most of the book. His good points FINALLY come out, much later in the story. For me, that took a little too long, and I was beginning to lose interest in the story.The "switch men and cats" thing is interesting for the most part, but leaves too many things unanswered, like the question of why there are only men, and no women. That may have been answered somewhere when this was a web comic, but it would be nice to include in the book, too, if an answer exists.In any case, the book is worth reading, and is interesting, but at this point is not one that I can highly recommend. Try a little bit first, and if you like what you see, then go for it, because the whole book is like that.
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  • John Driscoll
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 stars from me. Manfried the Man is a fun comic that takes the idea of "what if cats were people and humans were their pets?" and runs with it. It's a clever idea and some of the comics are pretty funny.One thing that didn't really work for me though is that a large portion of the book is devoted to a storyline in which Manfried gets lost out a window, leaving his owner Steve in a panic to find him. This is a fear that any pet owner can definitely relate to, and I do think the strips had so 3.5/5 stars from me. Manfried the Man is a fun comic that takes the idea of "what if cats were people and humans were their pets?" and runs with it. It's a clever idea and some of the comics are pretty funny.One thing that didn't really work for me though is that a large portion of the book is devoted to a storyline in which Manfried gets lost out a window, leaving his owner Steve in a panic to find him. This is a fear that any pet owner can definitely relate to, and I do think the strips had some emotional power because of that... but it goes on for an awfully long time and takes up too much of the book. Had I read the strips online (it was a webcomic first, right?) I don't think that would have bothered me, but reading it in actual printed book form, it felt like that part just went on far too long for me.But yeah, overall Manfried is a fun read that's deceptively emotional for something that appears lighthearted at a glance. Not something I see myself coming back to again and again, but definitely a fun, quick read.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Cute! I figured (based on the cover art) that this would be similar to other comic collections I've seen recently, like Sarah's Scribbles and Heart and Brain. I thought that it would just be random panels and relatable jokes, rather than have a cohesive storyline to follow. However, the plot is still very relatable if you love your cats or other fur-babies. In a role-reversed world, the book tells the story of a cat, Steve, mindlessly going through adult life, not really getting anywhere. The on Cute! I figured (based on the cover art) that this would be similar to other comic collections I've seen recently, like Sarah's Scribbles and Heart and Brain. I thought that it would just be random panels and relatable jokes, rather than have a cohesive storyline to follow. However, the plot is still very relatable if you love your cats or other fur-babies. In a role-reversed world, the book tells the story of a cat, Steve, mindlessly going through adult life, not really getting anywhere. The one thing he's really happy about in his life is his man-pet, Manfried. Steve is on a downward spiral and when Manfried gets out one day, he finally has to take responsibility for his actions, for himself and his beloved pet. The art style was very cute and somehow familiar to me as well. It was a bit cringe-worthy for me at times to see the little naked men doing kitty things, but it's also really funny to see the artist's interpretation of what a man would be like if he were a small pet. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Geoffrey
    January 1, 1970
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)I went into this book honestly anticipating a story that was little more than easy joke stacked upon easy joke about a world where cat and man's roles are reversed. But what I got instead was a very lovely story about Steve, a fellow who feels like the only thing he has going in his otherwise slog of a life is his beloved pet.....until said pet accidentally gets out, leaving him first hopelessly unmoored, then deter (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)I went into this book honestly anticipating a story that was little more than easy joke stacked upon easy joke about a world where cat and man's roles are reversed. But what I got instead was a very lovely story about Steve, a fellow who feels like the only thing he has going in his otherwise slog of a life is his beloved pet.....until said pet accidentally gets out, leaving him first hopelessly unmoored, then determined in ways he couldn't have imagined that lead him to places and people he couldn't have expected either. That, and a very creatively constructed world to boot. You don't have to be a cat person to enjoy this. You can have a strong attachment to any pet, or merely be someone who has had that moment of "What on earth am I doing with my life?" You fit that basic criteria, and just like that you're all set for what will be a very enjoyable read.
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  • Andrea Lorenz
    January 1, 1970
    In Major and Bastow's world, cats are large intelligent creatures and men are....cats. Though they still retain their odd human hairlessness, their ability to walk upright, and other humanish traits. Manfriend the Man is really the story of Steve Catson. Stuck in a dead-end job that he hates and not motivated enough to get his art going and out there, Steve exists and makes bad decision after bad decision. When he's at his lowest, Manfried, his man, goes missing sparking Steve to finally do some In Major and Bastow's world, cats are large intelligent creatures and men are....cats. Though they still retain their odd human hairlessness, their ability to walk upright, and other humanish traits. Manfriend the Man is really the story of Steve Catson. Stuck in a dead-end job that he hates and not motivated enough to get his art going and out there, Steve exists and makes bad decision after bad decision. When he's at his lowest, Manfried, his man, goes missing sparking Steve to finally do something.Manfriend the Man was interesting - I liked the little quirks of owning a man versus a cat. Men say "Hey" not meow, eating food that is shaped like tiny people food. While Steve's misadventures are frequently cringe-worthy, they're real. The art is perfect for this kind of a story, round and often cute, without being too twee. This definitely isn't for everyone, but I think it will resonate with cat-lovers.
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  • Nia Ireland
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't expecting to have quite so many feelings while reading this - from the cover, I was expecting a collection of short comic strips and I was pleasantly surprised to find a complete, multipart story instead. The gimmick is that the world is run by cats, some of whom have pet men (for your information, the pet men aren't wearing any loincloths so you may want to hide your blushing eyes if you're offended by manly giblets). This is a universal story about growing up, getting your s* together I wasn't expecting to have quite so many feelings while reading this - from the cover, I was expecting a collection of short comic strips and I was pleasantly surprised to find a complete, multipart story instead. The gimmick is that the world is run by cats, some of whom have pet men (for your information, the pet men aren't wearing any loincloths so you may want to hide your blushing eyes if you're offended by manly giblets). This is a universal story about growing up, getting your s* together and getting things done instead of letting things just happen around you - Steve is a lazy and pretty self absorbed cat who absolutely adores his pet man, but when Manfried goes missing he realises he needs to make some changes in his life. How this manages to be so moving, I don't know but I'm glad I read it!
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  • Sarah Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this book on Netgalley.I just got this book completely. It's exactly the sort of dark humour I enjoy. Showing the mundane happenings and realistic relationship between man and his pet, and then reversing it was a perfect setting for a graphic novel. I hadn't heard anything about the book before requesting, and I'm glad I went into it blind. It was a really pleasant surprise and I read it in one sitting. Nothing spectacular had to happen in this book. It's the little I received a digital copy of this book on Netgalley.I just got this book completely. It's exactly the sort of dark humour I enjoy. Showing the mundane happenings and realistic relationship between man and his pet, and then reversing it was a perfect setting for a graphic novel. I hadn't heard anything about the book before requesting, and I'm glad I went into it blind. It was a really pleasant surprise and I read it in one sitting. Nothing spectacular had to happen in this book. It's the little details that anyone who has a pet knows. The way everyone keeps commenting on how much you talk about your pet, yet at the same time don't stop talking about their kids/themselves. The mundane day to day tasks and jobs that we have to do even though we don't want to.Absolutely brilliant.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    In a world where cats stand on two feet, go to work at call centres and have diminutive human beings for pets, is Manfried. He's a typical frisky but shy pet – forever getting into scrapes, demanding more food than he can suitably eat, but at the same time being the perfect companion for his owner, Steve Catson. To such an extent that Steve, who is getting known for his man-oriented thinking, is actually having nightmares about becoming the neighbourhood crazy man cat. But when a window gets lef In a world where cats stand on two feet, go to work at call centres and have diminutive human beings for pets, is Manfried. He's a typical frisky but shy pet – forever getting into scrapes, demanding more food than he can suitably eat, but at the same time being the perfect companion for his owner, Steve Catson. To such an extent that Steve, who is getting known for his man-oriented thinking, is actually having nightmares about becoming the neighbourhood crazy man cat. But when a window gets left open by mistake, and Manfried goes missing, the only thing for it is a massive and energised man-hunt…Please feel free to see the rest of my positive review, only at:-http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/i...
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