By Hunt Emerson (Knockabout)
Calculus Cat is a bitter creature trapped in a loveless relationship with no way out. All day he goes out, slaving at his dire job of scooting about with a broad and painful smile whilst people throw stuff at him, and when he gets home instead of Tender Loving Care he gets more grief; relentless grief.
For in the Cat’s world the television set loves him, needs him and exploits him.
Cryptic, surreal, weirdly symbolic and brilliantly funny in a uniquely British way these collected strips detail the war of nerves and will between a TV set that is compelled and driven to bombard the cat with advertising, offering teasing little snippets of seductive entertainment like Supercar or westerns every time the hapless feline musters enough self-respect to attempt a break-up. As an allegory of marriage it is wonderful, as a description of our relationship with the Media it’s actually a little scary… but I did mention that it was very funny, right?
Produced occasionally, and with the unspecified help of the enigmatic “Pokkettz”, this is an art-lover’s delight – as always – but has hidden depths and echoes. Yet another prime candidate for the clarion battle-cry, “Back in Print, Now!” “Back in Print, Now!”
© 1987 Hunt Emerson. All Rights Reserved.