kasimir on 14 Nov 2006 02:30 pm

The “It’s Kas” FAQ

Where does the name Kas come from?

Kas was named Cashmere at the clinic from whence he was adopted, and while we didn’t want to give him an identity crisis we did want to tweak his handle a bit. Kasimir has been loosely translated as “Bringer of peace” or possibly “Destroyer of peace”. Though I choose to think the proper translation is somewhere in the middle, like “Destroyer for peace.”

What makes you think he is “mental”?

Compared to the other cats, Kas is pretty jumpy. While the other two are prone to, well, being prone most of the time, he is pretty active, often climbing up to the highest available perch and knocking things off it, chasing his tail, suddenly jumping up and hugging a doorframe etc. He has also been known to climb up onto a table or chair and taunt the Bean as she passes beneath, which in itself is probably the clearest indication of mental instability.

Kas says in one strip that he has “a condition.” Is this true, or is he a hypochondriac?

Kas has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that requires daily medication. This minor flaw does not affect gameplay.

Who are the other characters in the strip?

kt, aka the Bean, aka the Dark One, and hopy, aka the Flufy One.

Holy crap, the Flufy One only has three legs. What gives?

Hopy was rescued by Toronto Animal Services after a serious fall and brought to the Bay Cat Hospital where Dr. Herman and her staff valiantly tried to save his badly fractured leg. In the end it refused to set properly and had to be amputated. As a testament to both Dr. Herman’s skills and hopy’s winning demeanor many people do not even notice right away.

Okay then, does the Bean have any infirmities you’d like to tell us about?

She’s missing a few non-essential parts due to frostbite, including the tip of one ear and about a third of her tail. And she has a heart murmur, though it doesn’t appear to be a degenerative condition. She is also lacking in empathy.

What’s with all the scratch-and-dent cats?

BCH gives us a discount.

How is the strip created?

It’s Kas is created quickly and artlessly in Comic Life on a dual 2.0 GB MacBook using mostly default fonts and templates. Occasional retouching is done in Photoshop.

The comic is about a week old. How frequently could any of these questions have been asked?

Dote dee-ote-dote-dote.

5 Responses to “The “It’s Kas” FAQ”

  1. on 19 Nov 2006 at 5:36 pm 1.Harri said …

    And we go doot
    Doot doot

    Look at them fall
    Flicker and fade
    Gone are the screams
    I put them to bed, now they are dreams

    And we go doot
    Doot doot

  2. on 20 Nov 2006 at 8:25 am 2.Nancy C. said …

    Oh! I love Hopy and Cas! All four episodes are very clever, as is the FAQ (very informative, too, precisely the questions I was about to ask!).

  3. on 20 Nov 2006 at 1:35 pm 3.Cathy said …

    OMG, you have the best collection of scratch and dent cats ever.

  4. on 23 Nov 2006 at 1:44 pm 4.shoe-face said …

    Do your cats purr…purr like a finely tuned engine? Or like a sputtering washing machine? One kneeds to know these things when one is revving up ones scratching finger.

  5. on 27 Mar 2007 at 10:18 am 5.Waverly said …

    Informative and witty. Love the cat names.

    Your description of Kas reminds me a lot of one of my cats, who also jumps up and hugs doorframes. I’m often asked, “Why do you keep this cat?” They just don’t get the plainly obvious.