So…What’s in the Ultimate Hazel?

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Happy Caturday, Everypawdy!!

Whoops, it’s Sunday! Well, it feels like a Caturday. Either way, I hope you’re getting a good chance to catch up on your beauty sleep.

It’s almost my naptime, but first I thought you’d like to know a little bit more about the Ultimate Hazel, now available on Etsy!

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So…What’s in the Ultimate Hazel?

Let me tell you how I got the idea, and why I decided to make them.

After being born in 2014, I started my blog and Facebook page and did a bunch of intermews, which led me to meeting Lynda Barry! She’s a masterful cartoonist and superstar professor at UW-Madison, and getting to meow questions at her has been one of my greatest honors. You can read our excellent chat here.

We hit it off over some catnip tea and tuna cookies, and over the holidays, she helped me finish my first-ever story, Flaky the Snow Cat! I got the idea after seeing Frosty the Snowman and wondering if there were snow cats.

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Flaky the Snow Cat tells the story of Nugget, a lonely black cat who runs away from home to ask Santa for a friend. I was struggling to get the words on paper, since English is my second language (after Cat), so Professor Barry taught me to tell the story with pictures.

The final product includes over 127 images in four separate zines (zines = handmade comic books). You can get the entire Flaky the Snow Cat in your Ultimate Hazel!

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Last spring, I took her Advanced Comics class, where I made Hydrated Tourist Penguin Goes to Paris! (which was purrblished by a local newspaper!) and “Fluffy:” The Cat Who’s Clearly a Snake and No One Notices, both also included in the Ultimate Hazel!

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In March, I was invited to share my work at a local writing conference. When I told my furriend Mary about it, she wrote me a check to help cover the cost of printing. I couldn’t stop purring! For the first time, I felt like a Professional Writer Kitty! To thank her, I printed off every presentable story I had written.

It made for a nice little gift bag! I started printing more of my work and selling them at more conferences throughout the year.

Since it’s the holiday season once again, it feels like a good time to share Flaky the Snow Cat and the Ultimate Hazel (sounds like a band name!) with you, my beloved, kitty-loving furriends.

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Flaky the Snow Cat is pretty expensive to print in color, so that is why it costs $20. I just use my own printer, and color ink is so ‘spensive!! If you do happen to know of a cheaper way to print in color, let me know and I will send you an Ultimate Hazel for free! All of the professional printing services in my area ask for around 60 cents per page, which means I would have to charge almost 30 bucks JUST for Flaky the Snow Cat, and that’s just too much.

The Ultimate Hazel represents both a look back towards all the great work I learned how to make in 2015 while raising funds to produce more and even better work in 2016. Any proceeds that do not cover printing will help cover the cost of art supplies, table fees for conferences, and catnip and kitty snacks!

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You can also make a donation through PayPal now!

Thank you for supporting my kitty art and keeping me well-snacked! They make me feel better after the vacuum.

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However, if you’d like to read some Hazel Comics, but aren’t sure if you can afford the printed versions, just send me an e-mail at hazelfluffypants@gmail.com and I’d be happy to send you a digital version for free.

Happy Holidays!!

Love,

Hazel Fluffypants

Writer Kitty

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Caturday Intermew with Snugglefluff!

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Happy Caturday, Everypawdy!

Today I have a pawtastic intermew with my furriend, Snugglefluff!

Hazel: Hi Snugglefluff! Thanks so much for being here. Other than being ridiculously cute and floofy, what advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Snugglefluff: Be polite and nice to people, always reply to people’s comments and give them your purrrs and smoochies! It’s also nice to share other people’s pages when they ask you to, it doesn’t hurt and it will only take a minute of your time!  🙂 Plus, it’s always nice to make new friends!

Hazel: I love new furriends! Who has been your biggest inspurration and why?

Snugglefluff: That would be Lil’ Bub and any kitty that has been born with disabilities of any way, or been into an accident/or abused in any way and survived with love and compassion.

Hazel: That is inspurring! Kitties can get through a lot with just a little bit of love. What’s a mistake that you’ve made?

Snugglefluff: My mistake would be that I didn’t watch my back when I was near my brofur Batman! He bit me on my neck once more! I should stop being such a silly mind wanderer! *giggle*

Hazel: Ow, that’s gotta hurt! I like asking about mistakes because I’m pretty sure I haven’t made one yet. I also like knowing what you’re reading and watching! What are some of your favorite books, movies, and/or TV shows?

Snugglefluff:

Books: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman

Movies: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Rocky, Requiem for a Dream, Mystic River

TV shows: The Simpsons, Charmed, The Fairly OddParents, Hatfields and McCoys and Justified!!

Hazel: I love The Simpsons too! That’s how I knew my breath smelled like cat food! 😉 Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Snugglefluff: I would love to have dinner with my lovebun Eddie the face! We will eat the best royal food! I will have royal dry food and he will have royal pâté, at my house of course! I need mommy always by my side!!

Hazel: I love that tiara you’re wearing! Speaking of royal felines, how do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Snugglefluff: I am already wearing my tiara so I will be ready for it! Feline power will rise and we will conquer the world with our purrrrrs and headbonks! Humans will learn to respect and love every feline and animals or else our claws will have the final say!

Hazel: Last question: if you could say only one thing to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Snugglefluff: “If you treat me right and respect me, I will be your eternal purrrring floofy kitty!”

Hazel: Haha what a great offer! Thanks, Snugglefluff, I had a lot of fun!

And thank YOU reader for reading!

A Cordial Purr,

Hazel