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“I Want To Draw A Cat For You” Goes Hollywood (and/or Broadway)

Steve Gadlin and Cynthia

Cynthia: One of the highlights of the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival this past September was meeting the sweet silly super Steve Gadlin of I Want To Draw A Cat For You fame.

Marcy (snickering):  Are you two related?

Cynthia (puzzled):  No.

Marcy:  Are you sure?

Cynthia:  Yes. Why?

Marcy:  Uh yeah. So did you actually look at that photo?!  You look like twins. Or did everybody at that crazy cat festival wear cat shirts, glasses, and cat ears?

Cynthia:  But Steve isn’t wearing cat ears.

Marcy (disgusted):  Sigh. Forget it. Hey! Did you get my drawing?

Cynthia:  Yes! I spent about a minute telling Steve about you and then in about 2 minutes he drew this –

 

Cat drawing by Steve Gadlin of I Want To Draw A Cat For You



Cynthia:  A Marcy fashion cat. Complete with black eye patch and purse. Whoopy!

Marcy purrs.

Cynthia:  Steve was one of the most successful contestants on Shark Tank last year. He convinced Mark Cuban to give him $25,000 to expand his already successful cat drawing business. And this year he started filming Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers, a Chicago based talent show.

Steve Gadlin is one of those entrepreneurs you really root for. He’s kind, quirky, enthusiastic, and just…  goes for it. I mean, not many people could make a lucrative business out of drawing stick figure cats.

 

by Steve Gadlin

 

Cynthia:  Oooohhhhh… if he’s at CatCon LA this June, I’m totally going to get a Penelope Kitten drawing too.

penelope kitten:  totes!

Marcy:  Or you could order one off of his website. Duh.

Cynthia:  Well, looks like he is taking a break from drawing cats, so we’ll sing his cat song instead.

Sing it with me kitties!

I Want To Draw A Cat For You
I Want To Draw A Cat For You
I Want To Draw A Cat For You

Cynthia and Penelope Kitten dance around and sing. 

Marcy stalks off.

Cynthia:  Where are you going, Marcy?

 

Marcy:  Litterbox.

Marcy secretly logs onto the computer and furtively fills out an application to be on Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers.  She hits “send”.

Marcy (triumphantly):  I’m gonna be a STAR!

 

 

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Cynthia:  So Marcy, it’s been almost a week since the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival came to town.

Marcy:  So you’ve finally calmed down and are going to bore us with a summary?

Cynthia:  So… yes.

Marcy:  Hang on while I get some catnip to dull the pain.

Cynthia waits while Marcy eats her catnip.

Marcy:  Okay. So what are your thoughtful thoughts?

Cynthia:  Just this. I have never in my life been in a place…With so many people… Who were all so happy… At the same time. And all because… Of cats. I can’t get over it.

Marcy:  Whatever. So did you meet Lil Bub and her dude, Mike?

Cynthia:  I did.

Interviewing Lil Bub and her dude, Mike

Marcy:  Gasp! Did you ask him if I could be his kitty?

Cynthia:  Funny you should ask. Everyone is in love with Mike. I can’t tell you how many of our readers wanted to know if Mike was single. Well, he told me he’s not. He’s engaged! He said he met his fiancee the same day that Lil Bub met Grumpy Cat! (Super happy for you, Mike!)

Marcy:  I’m not surprised. Mike is cute, sweet, has bad ass tattoos and a recording studio, adores his cats, and raises money for cat rescue. He’s the kind of guy girls go gaga over.

Cynthia:  All of the money Mike gets for his Meet-n-Greets goes to cat rescue. You should have seen the line to get in to see Lil Bub. It was hours long. I’ve never seen anything like it. And the merchandise they were selling was going quick quick quick.

Marcy (greedily):  We need to start working on our own cat tshirts.

Cynthia:  Marcy, everyone was so smiley and so giddy. And so eager to talk about their love of cats or what cute cat attire they had on, or what cute cats they had in their arms.

 

Cute Guy with Cute Kittens


Cynthia:  There were cat art vendors, cat cafe startups, cat face painters, cool cat supply vendors, and most importantly; loads of cat rescue groups adopting out cats and giving out information on TNR (trap/neuter/return) and other resources.

I got a drawing of you, Marcy, from Steve of I Want To Draw A Cat For You. He’s another one who was busy all day long.

 

Marcy:  Awesome. We need to do a separate post about that later.

Kate Benjamin of Haus Panther and a new book with Jackson Galaxy
Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)

Cynthia:  I got to meet the stars of the cat world and some of my own favorite and inspirational bloggers and cat website owners. Every single person I met was happy to be spending their Sunday amongst cat people. And, many people I talked to agreed that this cat fanaticism isn’t a passing fad. It’s here to stay…

 

Cynthia and Denise Dibetta of Pussy Tales


Cynthia trails off, lost in thought.

Marcy:  So? Is that it?

Cynthia (confused):  Well. Yes. Maybe I’m not thinking clearly because I am still so bowled over by the energetic happy creative vibe that the festival generated. I mean… people love cats so much that it really does alter their chemistry. You can feel it. There’s something to that. Sorry, I know I’m not making any sense.

Marcy (wide-eyed):  It makes perfect sense.

Marcy excitedly gets up to leave the room.

Cynthia:  Where are you going?

Marcy:  I have to call the Mothership and tell them that cats are thisclose to total world domination. I think sending Lil Bub to help hypnotize you humans helped greatly. And, possibly give the CATBEL PRIZE to the guy who invented the internet which enabled you humans to stare at cat videos for hours on end.

Marcy rushes off to call the spaceship. Or something.

Meu! booth


*Thank you so much to Organikat for sponsoring such a fantastic event! Come back to Los Angeles next year, please!




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Cat Fashion at the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival

Lindsay and Sabrina

It’s 10 pm on Sunday evening. Three hours past Friskies o’clock. Marcy stares at the front door, glowering and whipping her tail back and forth.

At 10:05 pm Cynthia bursts through the door with a bagful of cat loot and an iPhone full of pictures.

Cynthia (hysterically):  Marcy! The Los Angeles Feline Film Festival was even more awesome than expected!

Marcy:  Oh yeah.

Cynthia:  Yeah! It was… epic! Just…epic!

Cynthia hurriedly fumbles for her phone while talking a mile a minute.

Cynthia:  OMG. You should have seen all of the cat outfits. I was going to do a proper post first about the festival but I can’t wait. Let’s look at all the cute cat attire right now.

Cynthia drops her phone.

Cynthia:  Oops.

Marcy:  How about you get a grip. How about you feed me first.

Cynthia:  Here – snack on this. Cynthia throws Marcy a treat packet. Natural Balance was there handing out yummy cat food samples.

Cynthia retrieves her phone and enthusiastically shoves it in Marcy’s face.

Cynthia:  Check out. These. Awesome Cat Outfits!

Kimberly, Shannon, Susan, and Kara

 

Erica of CatfeLA Kickstarter campaign
Sylvia and Sharon (Sharon of Amiamour.com)

 

Alicia and Kelli

 

Sammie and Celia
Alexis, Rei, Olivia, and Chelsea
Ericka
Carla and Britt
Lil Bub fans, Timon and Brandon
Sarah Audet of  The Plur Vegan
Donna (and daughter Alyssa) of Catifornia_Cats

 

Alyssa

 

Cynthia with cat humans from Pussy & Pooch

Cynthia:  Everyone was so cute. And so friendly. And so … happy.  Maybe instead of giving people Prozac, doctors should prescribe Puddy Cats!

Marcy rushes to hide under the couch.

Cynthia:  What’s wrong?

Marcy:  Those are the scariest pictures I’ve ever seen.

Cynthia:  Really? Why?

Marcy:  I thought you were alone in your insanity.

Cynthia:  Nope, Marcy. There are thousands and thousands and thousands of us crazy cat people out there. I think we are going to make the world a happier place. One cat at a time.

Marcy:  And armed in cat ears?

Cynthia:  Yes!

Marcy:  Oh my gatos.

 

*Thank you so much to everyone who let me take photos and post them. Please contact me if I have listed any information that is incorrect or if you have changed your mind and don’t want your picture on the internet.   xo, cynthia


Checking out adoptable cats at the
Los Angeles Feline Film Festival




Feline

What Do Cat Fashion And Lil Bub Have In Common?

Cats in Clothes by Heather Mattoon
an exhibitor at LA Feline Film Festival

Cynthia:  Only that I will be covering both at the LA Feline Film Festival this Sunday at Exposition Park.

I can’t wait to see all the cat outfits on the Cat Walk at 6:55pm. And, I get to interview Lil Bub and her “Dude”. Woo hoo!

Lil Bub
Celebrity Guest at LA Feline Film Festival

Marcy:  You’re going to meet Lil Bub?

Cynthia:  Yes. Are you sure you don’t want to come with me, Marcy? You could ask Lil Bub how she got so famous. Maybe she could give you some pointers.

Marcy:  I don’t need pointers from her. She’s not a cat.

Cynthia:  Ummm… Yes she is.

Marcy:  No. She’s not.

Cynthia:  Yes. She is.

Marcy stares at Cindy and whips her tail back and forth.

Marcy:  Then why – after all these years – does she still have those cute kitten features you humans go gaga over?

Cynthia:  Because she has genetic mutations that make her a “perma-kitten.” Plus, she’s a dwarf kitty which means her legs are shorter than her body.

Marcy:  Right. And she doesn’t have teeth and can’t jump or meow.

Cynthia:  That’s right. And she’s got extra toes on each paw as well as opposable thumbs on her front paws.

Marcy:  SHE HAS OPPOSABLE THUMBS AND YOU STILL THINK SHE’S A CAT?

Cynthia looks confused.

Marcy:  OPPOSABLE THUMBS, CINDY. OPPOSABLE THUMBS.

Cynthia:  Oh. You’re just jealous.

Marcy:  Hmpf…

Cynthia:  Besides, Lil Bub and cat fashion, the LA Feline Film Festival will also have music by Pink Nylon, Bullet Made Statues, Alex Nestor, Lucy Langlas, and Tarra Layne. 

There will be cat art, cat supply vendors, cat adoptions, comedy by Kate Aagesen, and a Q&A by Will Bradon of Henri Le Chat Noir.

Henri by Pamela Baron Designs
an exhibitor at LA Feline Film Festival

Marcy:  Gasp. My French boyfriend, Henri Le Chat Noir, is going to be there too?

Cynthia:  No. Just his filmmaker. I think Henri hates other cats and cat fanatics as much as you do.

Marcy:  Sigh… he’s sooooo dreamy and soooooo French.

 

*Hey Awesome Readers! 


Do you have any questions you would like me to ask Lil Bub? 
Also, if you are attending the festival please let me know so we can meet up! 
And lastly, don’t forget to enter my Giveaway!

 

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Giveaway! (from the LA Feline Film Festival Sponsors)

*The Giveaway is now over. Thank you to everyone for participating!

 

Cynthia exuberantly dances around the living room in her cat ears. Marcy is asleep in her sunspot.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Marcy! Marcy!

Marcy:  What? I’m busy. I’m absorbing the D.

Cynthia:  Organikat + Walker’s  LA Feline Film Festival is almost here! Woo Hoo!

I’m soooooo excited!

On September 21st at Exposition Park in Los Angeles I will join 10,000 other feline fanatics to watch cat videos, meet celebrity cats, check out cat fashion, and support cat rescues in Los Angeles. 

What could be better than that? Nothing I say! It has the makings of the most pawsitively pawsome day … ever!

 

 

Marcy races off to hide under the couch.

Cynthia:  What’s wrong?

Marcy (terrified) There are 10,000 people like you? Ten thousand catifyibly insane cat fanatics? All wearing fake cat ears and gushing about gatos? All ten thousand of you … in the same place?




Cynthia:  YES! Isn’t that AWESOME?

Cynthia obliviously resumes dancing in her cat ears.

Marcy:  No. It’s terrifying. What if you all spontaneously combust from feline fever?

Cynthia (excitedly):  I’m going to live Tweet and Instagram all the cat fashion while I’m there. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, we’ve got a super duper fantastic giveaway package from the LA Feline Film Festival sponsors. It includes:

 

Catnip Toy from Organikat .

This catnip toy is made from 100% certified organic cotton  and filled with 100% certified organic catnip. Even their logo dye is eco-friendly. Five percent of their proceeds go to animal charities and non profits.

Cat Toy from Feline Yogi


This toy is made from a recycled wine cork and infused with cat nip. Made in Los Angeles.



Vouchers for two bags of Swheat Scoop wheat litter.

Made in the USA. Chemical free. Biodegradable. Clumping. Odor Free.

An Issue of Modern Cat Magazine, the lifestyle magazine for modern cats and their companions.

 

 

 

 

To enter simply leave a comment in the comment section. You know, I’d love to hear what you named your cat(s) or dog or kid or car or invisible friend. Let me know if you will be at the festival so we can meet up!


I will pick a winner using random.org.  *if you comment as Anonymous please leave your first name in the body of the comment


The Giveaway runs from Saturday, September 13, 2014 11pm PST to Thursday, September 18, 2014 11pm PST. (US residents only)


I will announce the winner on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 12pm PST.


Please feel free to enter even if you are not owned by a cat. This gift would make a lovely shelter/rescue donation!


Fine Arts

‘Another Cats Show’ at 356 Mission in Los Angeles

Cynthia in front if a cat trap installation
(which we are interpreting as a TNR promotion)
at Another Cats Show, 356 Mission

Cynthia:  Cats are now seriously mainstream.

Marcy:  Seriously. What took you people so long? We’re awesome.

Cynthia:  Well, Marcy… everyone finally got the memo. Los Angles has another cat art show going on. Take a look!

 

 

Cynthia: It’s at 356 Mission Art Gallery in Boyle Heights. That’s in East Los Angeles.

 

 

Cynthia:  There were over 300 works by 300 artists. They ranged from cat paintings.

 

 

Cynthia:  To sculptures.

 

Cynthia at Another Cats Show, 356 Mission

Cynthia:  To art installations.

 

Cat Night Stand

 

the highest cat tree in the world, probably
Cynthia at Another Cats Show, 356 Mission

 

Cynthia: To pottery.

 

 

Cynthia:  Some of the art was great. Some of it was strange.

 

 

Cynthia:  Some of it looked like 3rd grade dried macaroni assignments.

Cynthia at Another Cats Show, 356 Mission

Cynthia: But all in all … it was fun! Super duper fun! Which was the whole point of 356 Mission doing this exhibition in the first place.

Marcy (proudly): And it was exclusively about cats.

Cynthia:  Yes!

You know, when I started our blog over a year ago, I really thought this cat obsession was going to be a fad. That eventually cat craziness would die down and we would become obsolete. But just the opposite has happened. Cat infatuation is going strong and shows no sign of stopping. Los Angeles is even getting the Feline Film Festival next month.

Marcy:  Gasp! A Cat Film Festival in Los Angeles?

Marcy races around in circles chasing her tail she is so excited.

Marcy:  I need an agent. I need a publicist.

Cynthia:  Or a therapist.

 

 

 

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