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, Graphic Novels, Comics, Humor, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Adult, Fantasy

Reviews Manfried the Man

  • karen
    this is a graphic novel in which the world of Man and the world of Cat do a freaky friday switcheroo and things get weird.there are parts of this book that are five stars, no question, but as a whole, it's prolly a 3.5. the concept is a winner, if you are someone who a) loves cats and b) finds tiny naked men behaving like cats hilarious. or creepy. or just uncreepy enough to be hilarious. the jokey details of the illustrations are perfect, from t...
  • Erica
    I think my brain is way too literal to be able to appreciate this properly.There were a couple of panels that made me giggle or do the little, "Awww," but for the most part, I got distracted by the half-swap between man and cat. Lines were blurred as each kept some of their species' traits but took on some of the traits of the others'.Why weren't cats wearing clothing? And the ones who did wear clothing wore shirts only. Why? Why did they have no...
  • Cherie
    Disclosure: I recieved an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Based on the book’s description and the introduction, I had expected the book to be humorous and cute. I was wrong. Instead, it was painful and awkward to read.First I’ll start off by saying the illustrations were good, for the most part. However, was it REALLY necessary to illustrate genitals on the men? In real life cat genitals are...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    The concept of this graphic novel is fantastic! Basically it’s a world where cats and humans have reversed roles. Cats work, drive and have pet human men! The men are naked, domesticated, little pets who are fully dependent on their cat owners. They’re fed tiny Hungry Man meals, taken to special Man hospitals and strays are sent to Man shelters.In this story Steve the Cat is down on his luck and pretty depressed. He’s irresponsible in gener...
  • Ferial Fattahi
    It was a great read!
  • Elaine Howlin
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Cindy
    This was fun. It’s a GN with a man as the pet of a cat. Role reversal at its best.
  • Kendal
    It’s a pretty boilerplate story wrapped around a single gag but... it’s a pretty good gag.
  • Lisa K
    Steve Catson is in danger of becoming a sad pet-man crazed fellow with a grubby apartment and no job. When his pet, Manfried, goes missing everything changes. I love that the chief vocalization for the men is "hey." A sweet story about pets and getting it together.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hannah
    This book is hilarious. If you’re a cat person you’ll love it.
  • 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...
  • 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 pet 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Ashly Lynn
    This was so strange, but I kinda really loved it. RTC
  • vostendrasamigos yotengolibros
    I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I think this is really a book for cat lovers who I'm not, but I have some questions like why all the mancats are male?, why all the catpeople and the peoplecat walk in four legs, the catpeople have genders? and why whyyy all the mancat are male, other wise I think if you are a cat person you will enjoy it, it not only jokes and mancats doing funny st...
  • Laura
    I have adored this comic from its first public iteration and I am thrilled it was expanded into such a delightful and fun book. Truly a fantastic and well-executed concept. I love Manfried. Art is perfect, colors are great. Story is engaging and relatable. High recommend especially for any cat lover.