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Average: 4.7 (48 votes)
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Drama Age 16+ · NETCOMICS
Completed with Vol.6 Ch.11

Catsby, twenty-something nobody, loses his girl-friend to another man. A richer man. His pal Houndu treats him to wine, women and song, but there's no forgetting the lost Persu. The thousand humiliations of youth are poured upon Catsby, who feels far too much to begin with, and whose prospects go from bad to worse. Now he's petrified by his father, now drunk on the floor, now freaking over a blind-date, now convinced it's all for nothing. And that's just volume one of this groundbreaking new series. No detail however vulgar or delicate is left out as the angst of youth is beautifully dissected. Readers are in for a great surprise in the end of the story.

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Catsby
Catsby is a twenty-something feline down on his luck. He finds out he's in love only when his lover leaves him to marry another man.

Persu
Persu is Catsby's girlfriend of six years. One day out of the blue, she leaves Catsby with a wedding invitation... a wedding of herself and a man other than Catsby. Persu is a mysterious woman who invites Catsby to her wedding without reserve while telling him to wear a tie that her husband will be wearing at the wedding.

Houndu
Houndu is a dog-about-town and faithful friend of Catsby. He is ever-ready to help Catsby forget his worries with cheap food, bad booze, floozies. A real pal.

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"The Great Catsby is twisted, funny and beautiful. Can't wait to read more."
- Scott McCloud, Author, Understanding Comics

"Catsby is a solemn and beautiful testament to post-graduate life and love. Doha's anthropomorphic depiction of Catsby and his roommate Hondu is sincere and heartfelt."
- Kai-Ming Cha, PW Comics Week

"With a unique setup where cats and dogs are personified as human characters and high-quality drawings filled with pithy epigrams, this 'melodrama' has created an enormous sensation among the netizens. People went wild over a new name called 'Doha.'"
- Paper (Monthly publication, Korea)

In the past we have watched Catsby lose his lover as she marries an older man. As time passes Catsby learns to love again and Persu begins to realize what she has lost. As the relation between Catsby and his new love, Sun, deepens the moments they experience are played out for us. The daily rituals, the expectations of the next meal together, and in this issue, they shop for clothes for him. It is pretty funny actually as he is not all that enthused but she insists he needs better clothes. And we slowly see a change in Catsby. He even begins to think of his own future by going on a job interview. The side plot involves his roommate Hondu and his "arrangement" to service a married woman at the request of her husband. As he retells some of the experience we cannot help but feel something for many of the people in this drama and how desperate they all are at some point. Perhaps the most touching is the story of Persu. She has achieved a marriage of convenience but a chance meeting first with Catsby and Sun and then Sun alone reveals her emotions are not toward her husband. Catsby has finally cut the chord and is working at strengthening his relation with Sun. Persu can't let go and even taunts Sun that memories of her time with Catsby will never be replaced or equaled. There are tragic moments, touching scenes and just plain funny episodes to round out this well-done drama. The art remains some of the best of its kind in anthropomorphic style. Relating the ups and downs of a growing romance and the lingering tragedy of love gone by is hard to get right. Doha does it with ease.
- David LeBlanc, Comic Book Network Electronic Magazine

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    5
    09.04.07
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    Catsby is my favorite series of books always has been alwayas will be :)

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    5
    09.02.07
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    I like the story, is very interesthing and the draw is easy, clean and cute ^__^

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    07.18.07
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    wot's up with the animation it's not that great,which makes me unhappy. And why does everybody on this website give every mana 4 or r 5. maybe it's all good manga idon't know havent read them alll but i find it a bit suss

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    5

    In these chapters we are presented with a growing sense of maturity from Catsby, he starting to realize that there is more to life than he had hereto perceived. His relationship to Sun, which had started out as a chance encounter has progressed to more. With Persu it was more of an infatuation that had dimmed with time, and yet the habit of their relationship had made their parting painful. Persu does not love Catsby, he is just a temporal escape for her. Something to use and then discard. Sun is holds the purse strings in their relationship and when he allowed her to buy him clothes in a sense he also allowed her to own him. She is weary and thinks he might be unfaithful, and when she says she might be too tired, she means the morass of pain she had felt at the thought of his betrayal. Although this time Catsby truly cares for her and would be devestated if she were to leave. Sun treats him as an individual, she cares for him, and they talk. From meaningless things to primordial things; they tell each other their fears and insecurities. A marked example of the closeness of their relationship is when Sun tells Catsby by phone that she had diarrhea from eating frog legs and that she was currently defecating and to not make fun of her. Now, that's close! Catsby was not disgusted, and even joked around. He never had this kind of intimate relationship with Persu. Sure they had tons of sex, but his relationship with Sun is more than that. Persu is jealous of Sun because she has taken her boy toy away and is starting to feel a bit insecure as a women and wants to re-establish her secuirty as a woman by seducing her husband. Not because she loves him or even wants him, but she loves the power that comes from seduction. The power that she used to have with Catsby. When Catsby ignored her, she felt more than slighted, because she had expected him to always be there for her. Now as for Catsby's friend Houndo he is feeling trepidation and jealousy too! Not for any sexual reason it is just that since he has taken care of Catsby for all these years he also sees Catsby as his property. So when he tells Sun if she is willing and able to pay all of Catsby's bills and able to take care of him [like he has for all these years] he is not joking. He calls himself Catsby's wife, meaning he considers himself Catsby's provider. Houndo was utterly serious on this and the tension was enough to cut glass and Catsby decides to laugh and treat it as a joke, so Houndo is forced to treat it as one too. But that was the first sign of his displeasure. When Catsby is on the phone with Sun he tells Catsby why is he talking to her constantly like a lovelorn boy when she is only a lay. Houndo was trying to make Catsby treat Sun like that, to prove to him that their relationship was meaningless but Catsby continues to talk and ignores him, and by this act belies the others words. Houndo feels that his tenuous relationship with catsby is fading and wants Sun to stay away. Then finally when Sun comes with tangerines and Catsby is off to try his hand at the workforce. Sun thinks that Catsby is using this as an excuse to cheat on her, and Houndo is worried because Catsby is trying to improve his situation in life so that he can become a better partner to Sun. Thereby separating himself from Houndo with economic stability. So instead of giving the tangerines to Catsby he eats them while he comments on how it is futile for Catsby to get a job-while nervously tearing into the tangerines. Houndo does not want things to change. He never felt intimidated by Persu and yet he feels insecure with the closeness he feels visible between Sun and Catsby. As for Sun, she told Catsby she is thinking of marrying and they both realize that he is not a preferable choice do to economic instability, and yet Sun smiles at Catsby when he admits his feelings for her, and says that she will marry someone that cares about Sun and that she cares about. There, I believe that Sun is starting to consider Catsby. Although it is still an ambiguous matter of course. This is the reason why Catsby seeks a job, he too wants to change his situation in life. I hope this helps you.

    -Dani.
    ^_^
    Remember that this story is only loosely based on The Great Gatsby and that there are many differences, the most obvious is that this one is based in modern times where there are evolving standards in place.

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    5

    This is a beautifully written materpiece and you can tell that Catsby is really starting to care for Sun now. It's endearing in a bittersweet way that makes you realize all the truths to life. C'est la vie.

    -Dani.

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