Business Cat is the CEO of a multibillion-dollar corporation and an enthusiast of belly scratches, catnip mice and batting objects onto the floor. He is the title character of The Adventures of Business Cat, a webcomic written and drawn by Tom Fonder detailing the life and times of the world’s wealthiest playboy business pet. The strip was conceived by Tom Fonder and Rachael Robins and began as an occasional interlude in the gag-a-day webcomic Happy Jar. The first Business Cat comic was posted on January 7, 2014 and so far there have been 20 comics in the series.
Business Cat as a concept reminds me of the cat who took a “business trip” and “had an especially good head for figures” in Amy Winfrey’s Big Bunny (2001) cartoons. You can’t really go wrong with a housecat in a suit and tie. Business Cat is one of my favorite characters of the many webcomics/web cartoons I’ve followed over the years (some of my previous 8-bit tributes include General Twobabies, Zach Weinersmith, The Oatmeal, SpaceBear and Strong Bad). Speaking of business, today is my 10-year anniversary as lead web developer/designer at Oregon State University. (I code and design the OSU Ecampus, OSU Summer Session and Open Oregon State websites, among other things.) Also, it’s nearly my 13-year anniversary as an Oregon resident. And my four-year anniversary (two years married) with my wife Heidi. These major life events all happened within three days of each other (November 8-11) in different years. I like this time of year.