The most pleasant surprise at BEA (BookExpo America) last week was an impromptu meeting with Grumpy Cat. I was at the publishing conference and happened to stroll over to the Chronicle Books booth unaware people had been lining up for hours to meet the famous cat. The first clue a feline super star was in the wings? A huge billboard of the cover of the book to be released in the fall.
The crush of fans were in awe of Grumpy cat aka Tard (full name Tardar Sauce). Note the equal mix of male and female fans.
Ms. Grumpy is anything but. It was hard to get a glimpse with extra security but I squeezed through the crowd to get this shot of the sleeping beauty. My first thought was: aw, she’s so small and then awed by her composure. She was totally oblivious of the crowd and cameras. She’s equally nonplussed about her fame, media appearances and her new movie deal. Normal behavior? Who knows but food for thought.
There was a strict no flash and no touching policy. Those in the line were allowed to have their photo taken with her. My radar for animal exploitation was on high alert but found no immediate reason for concern. Her freshly groomed coat looked soft and healthy. She emoted a gentle, serene almost ethereal energy. Grumpy cat’s mom, Tabatha Bundesen stood behind the counter where a cozy bed contained the feline celebrity. The photo op was short and at no time did I sense any feline discomfort.
Tartar Sauce aka Grumpy cat with her mom, Tabatha Bundesen
There’s no question Grumpy has star power and is one of the most remarkable cats I’ve ever seen and I guarantee you we’ll be seeing a lot more of her. For more about Grumpy Cat and my blog post about BEA publishing convention, click on Confessions of a BEA Newbie
Visit the official Grumpy Cat site at GrumpyCats.com
Mancat Monday and/or Mondays With Merlin will return next week. And we’re off this Tuesday.