By Giorgio Salati & Christian Cornia, with Erika Turbati, translated by Olivia Rose Doni (Papercutz)
ISBN: 978-1-5458-0425-4 (HB) 978-1-5458-0426-1 (TPB)
As I believe Iâ€™ve already mentioned, thereâ€™s an awful lot of cat comics around these days. As owning the internet is clearly not enough for the hairy little blighters, hereâ€™s the gen on another one I think might be worth your time and moneyâ€¦
Originally published in 2017 as Brina e la Banda del Sole Felino and another newly-translated all-ages gem from the astute folk at Papercutz, the first volume of Brina the Cat is an engaging tale of ownership versus liberty in the grand Walt Disney manner. Thatâ€™s not surprising as itâ€™s scripted by Italian Disney Academy veteran and professor Giorgio Salati (Topolino, Disney Hamlet; Il lato obscure della legge) and painted by his college colleague Professor Christian Cornia (Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, When Unicorns Poop) – assisted by co-colourist Erika Turbati.
The story is delicious and bittersweet, and preceded by a delightful comics Foreword from FrÃ©dÃ©ric BrrÃ©maud & Federico Bertolucci before the main feature begins, revealing how pampered city housecat Brina accompanies the young human couple she lives with on a summer vacation to the mountains. Once there, she has the run of their chalet and the gardens and discovers her inner apex predator, as well as how annoying dogs can beâ€¦
All too soon however, she meets the seductively free cats of The Gang of the Feline Sun, and strange stirrings are provoked within herâ€¦
Pack leader Vespucci is particularly convincing and before long Brina has broken her ties with her beloved humans and reclaimed her heritage. Running free with the gang, she leaves her heartbroken humans to go through all the motions necessary to retrieve a lost catâ€¦
Although not without qualms, Brina quickly adapts to her life of liberty, but as the summer passes the unity of the gang is slowly eroded and Brina comes to a shocking conclusion about Vespucci and is forced to reassess her decisionâ€¦
But can she decide before the humans dejectedly return to the cityâ€¦
Available in hardcover, paperback and digitally and augmented by illustrated poem â€˜Brinaâ€™s Taleâ€™ this is a superb yarn blending charm and wit with plenty of fun and imagination and like all the best kidsâ€™ stories is not afraid to mix a bit of terror and heartbreak into the mix. It can also be readily enjoyed by cat-loving adultsâ€¦ as long as they have tissues handyâ€¦
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