The real origin of Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

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    Not many people know this, but my great grandfather Aloysius "Gorilla" Koford, was also a cartoonist. From 1912-1913 he produced a comic strip which was featured in 17 newspapers, including the Philadephia Star-Democrat, the Tampa Telegraph, and the Santa Fe Good-Newser.
    The strip was entitled "the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats" and featured the exploits of one Meowlin Q. Kitteh (a sort of cat hobo-raconteur) and his young hapless kitten friend, Pip. The strip did not last long due to a run-in my great-grandfather had with none other than William Randolph Hearst.
    See, the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats was run by one of Heart's competitors, so “Big Willy” (as Hearst was known in his day) used the bully pulpit of his media empire to hound and mock the efforts of my great-grandfather. Hearst scribes insinuated Aloysius was an actual trained gorilla and purported to have evidence in the form of banana shipping statements. (In reality, my great-grandfather was an expert climber and incredibly hirsute, and had earned the nickname in college.) Pressures continued to mount and Aloysius hung up his pen after only a year of working on the strip. He turned to a life of quiet dignity as a steamer captain and part-time walrus hunter.
    But the story doesn't have to end there.
    As the only known cartoonist relative of Aloysius "Gorilla" Koford, I am authorized to sell black and white postcard sized portraits of Kitteh and Pip from time to time! Watch my blog for details.
    kthxbai

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    1. munianotdeep 81 months ago | reply

      I have only one criticism. The drawing style, and more importantly, the overall theme and look aren't consistent with the 1910's. You shoulda said it was from the late 20's or early 30's. Oh well! Your comic, man! Er, I mean...that guy was just ahead of his time. Ya, taht's wut i ment.

    2. Ape Lad 81 months ago | reply

      Check out Barnacle Press for some old timey goodness. Particularly Old Doc Yak.
      I love that site.

    3. Scoobymoo 81 months ago | reply

      Me wantz buk too.

      Aloysius was a master. About time he gained the recognition he deserves.

    4. cloudasmoke 81 months ago | reply

      time travellin hobo kittehs!!1 awesome!

    5. Edgar Alan Pooh 81 months ago | reply

      Ummmmm 1912? Ummmmm BS

      You drew these. Nice scam though.

    6. xadrian 81 months ago | reply

      You sure cracked that nut, Sherlock. Well played.

      Adam, I'd like to see more "Fail" LOLisms, please. I don't think there are enough. To wit.

    7. Metahari 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Manga and Comic Creators, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. ypeery 80 months ago | reply

      my cats and i think u rock. but now they won't stop saying, "do not want!," everytime i come near them with the soap. and they are stealing my stogies. then they taunt me. sriously, don't let anyone steal your work, because that's in the works on the in'net - do not want. it's golden.

    9. MaryWit 78 months ago | reply

      I iz in luv!!!

    10. MaryWit 78 months ago | reply

      Oh! Neez mooore!

    11. hbl 76 months ago | reply

      Tptal Pwnage. Peas.

    12. visualrinse 74 months ago | reply

      so i realize i hit this very late. but omg this is guuuuuudddddd.

    13. hildigunnur 73 months ago | reply

      wahahahah :D :D :D

    14. starfarmer 68 months ago | reply

      Only thing that skewed your original post was the typeface you used for the comic name and artist...it didn't come into being until the 1960s.

      Otherwise, you are a friggin' genius.

    15. espanol 65 months ago | reply

      I see what he's trying to do there.

    16. winkelmander 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called the illustrator's cattery, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      hehe, great story and great series!!!

    17. electric jellyfish 52 months ago | reply

      These are great! I noticed you used Pitt pens to illustrate...how suspicious...hmmm.

    18. DarbySmurf 7 months ago | reply

      ray ozzie haz leeving microsoft in '10

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