Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major

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. Wh...

Details Manfried the Man

TitleManfried the Man
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Humor, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction

Reviews Manfried the Man

  • Chihoe Ho
    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...
  • Elaine HowlinBooks
    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 j...
  • Molly
    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...
  • Emily
    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 ...
  • Shawn
    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...
  • Ashlee Null
    Not quite sure what I just read but I think I enjoyed it?
  • Kelly
    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, obvio...
  • Nancy
    This review can also be found on my blog: 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 ab...
  • KimberlyRose
    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, re...
  • Kelly Lynn Thomas
    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 whit...
  • Brian
    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.
  • Chrys
    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.
  • Billie
    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
    This was so strange, but I kinda really loved it. RTC
  • Hannah
    This book is hilarious. If you’re a cat person you’ll love it.
  • Elia
    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 gett...
  • Jesica DeHart
    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
    *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 ...
  • Tony
    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...
  • Emmy
    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 i...
  • David
    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 rever...
  • Brittany
    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 w...
  • Nick
    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...
  • John Driscoll
    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 defi...
  • Katherine
    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 throu...
  • Geoffrey
    (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,...
  • Andrea Lorenz
    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 m...
  • Nia Ireland
    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 universa...
  • Sarah Hughes
    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 specta...
  • Theediscerning
    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 nei...