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Frankie Comics

Oni. Aug. 2020. 144p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781549306884.
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Gr 6 Up–Frankie, an impossibly cute Siamese with baby blue bubble eyes, has been the star of Dukes’s long-standing pet project (pun intended) for years—Dukes began Frankie Comics as a webcomic in 2012. Slinking, purring, and scratching her way to her position as Dukes’s cartoon muse, Frankie is a bit of an oddball, even for a cat, enjoying pizza and sitting on toothbrushes. Unlike the archetypical standoffish, self-important cat, she’s cuddly and ever present. And she’s clearly well loved, as this volume reveals as much about Dukes and their partner as it does about Frankie—the minutiae of human lives filled with work, snacks, exercise, and lots of hanging around are not entirely dissimilar from feline antics. Dukes has a precise, bubbly cartooning style, at once documentary and dreamy. The book’s webcomic origin is clear, and each snapshot is delightful, but the volume feels more like a mixtape than a complete story. Nonetheless, Frankie, bouncing off the walls in full, fabulous color, nudges her way into readers’ hearts thanks to Dukes’s loving reportage.
VERDICT This lighthearted furfest is ideal for readers who aspire to, or see themselves in, Dukes’s sweet little slice of adult domestic life.

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