Sometimes you need to take a step back from the overcomplicated, the convoluted plots, and the twists and turns. Sometimes you just need something simple, something that is pleasing to the eyes without having to make the brain tick too much.
You know what I’m talking about right? It’s something that even doctors recommend, that falls into the much-beloved “warm and fuzzy” category. And after a long day, sometimes simple humor and bright, pleasing colors are the best kind of medicine to put a smile back on your face.
And if that opening preamble was, like, super-vague enough here’s the answer to the daily blues in a furry little package: Doctor Cat.
Okay. I’ll admit, Doctor Cat is far from what most would consider the epitome of internet webcomic “glory”. But hear me out when I say that there is beauty in the freedom that webcomickers have to draw what they want and what pleases them. And if that just so happens to be the playful misadventures of one feline MD, then by all means leave the artist to their work!
Doctor Cat runs like the weekend news strips: with a simple premise and a punch-line of sorts in every strip that could be read as one-shots. Our titular hero, Doctor Cat, acts cute and then gets into a bit of trouble (Which can usually be forgiven because of various and sundry reasons); it’s repeated often, even in the short pseudo-story-arc where the good doctor struggles with a malpractice suit. The story in of itself is juvenile and arguably non-existent, but then again, readers probably didn’t wander into the Doctor Cat main page for a riveting tale of high adventures and philosophic pursuit.
I certainly didn’t; it was the work of a pre-med guy-friend of mine who thought it was positively adorable and had to share it.
Which brings me to my main point that I rambled a bit about in the beginning: some of the best loved webcomics can lack in depth, story, well-developed characters, etc.
But for strips like Doctor Cat, their strengths lie in their style and execution.Clean thick lines and bright colors evoke that good old “Sunday Comics” section feel; along with a sweet style that can make most people coo and gush. Some stationary companies have used this style of crisp lines and bright colors to great success so it’s unsurprising that Doctor Cat has drawn in its own fanbase.
So what does Doctor Cat offer that makes it a worthwhile read? Really it’s all dependent on what you make of it; for me the silly things in life are necessary, especially silly little things about cats (I own one, they’re all ridiculous creatures). This is definitely not a comic that is trying to impress, but an expression of an artist who just so happens to be passionate about drawing what they want.
And if the misadventures of cat with a medical degree also manages to please a small part of the internet crowd, then that’s a bonus.
Annnd if you can’t tell I’m trying to go for a wide range of webcomics here: complex, simple, and everything in between. So tune in next week for another comic series! (Maybe something serious again? Not sure, but there will be something!)