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VG Cats (short for Video Game Cats) is a webcomic written and drawn by Canadian cartoonist Scott Ramsoomair. The VG Cats website also hosts Adventure Log, the official Final Fantasy XI webcomic written and drawn by Ramsoomair, and Super Effective, a webcomic parody of the Pokémon game series.Strips are usually presented in a large format and in full color. The comic series often includes video game-based humor and satire targeting the video game industry.
The comic features the adventures of Leo and Aeris,a pair of anthropomorphic cats, who often play the roles of characters in popular video games that are parodied in the strip.
Leo is a green-eyed cat with grey fur, he's enthusiastic and usually projects a general air of idiocy, but he has shown signs of a deeper intelligence, or at least marginal quantities of common sense. Aeris is a blue-eyed female cat with pink fur, she's Leo's friend and the more sensible of the two, though she has a quick temper and little patience for the foolishness that surrounds her.
Cartoon violence, some language, and sexual innuendo.
Bad Mushrooms, a sprite comic created by Ramsoomair prior to the creation of VG Cats, is hosted on VGCats.com.
Adventure Log, the official Final Fantasy XI webcomic written and drawn by Ramsoomair.
Super Effective, also done by Ramsoomair, began in April 2008 as a comic parody the popular game series Pokémon. It is also hosted on the VGCats website. The strip was originally intended to feature on Mondays, at the same time as VG Cats, but Ramsoomair decided to change the time to Thursdays.
VG Kitties, a 2003 spin-off, consists of three comics and a wallpaper portraying Leo and Aeris as talking domestic cats. Ramsoomair posted VG Kitties as a reward for voting for the strip in BuzzComix.
Chris Boe, a friend and associate of Ramsoomair, created an animated version of VG Cats. Boe wrote and animated the episodes. The series, VG Cats: The Animated Series, is produced by Boe and VGCats.com. Only the first half of the first episode, "Episode 1: A Tale of Two Kitties", has been produced, it was released on January 21, 2006. On November 16, 2006, Boe said that he halted production so he could focus on his other works. Voice actors include:
- Chris Boe as Krug and Major Payne
- Cris Mertens as the Police Officer
- Scott Ramsoomair as Scott Ramsoomair/Pantsman
In 2003, Ramsoomair designated CafePress as the provider of the VG Cats store; Ramsoomair soon ended the relationship with CafePress. On June 16, 2004 Ramsoomair announced that he established his store on Hyperion Press. As of 2008 SharkRobot hosts the VGCats store. As of 2008, Ramsoomair is no longer affiliated with CafePress, but it still sells VG Cats merchandise on its website.
VG Cats has been nominated for several Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards, winning 2 awards in 2005 and 1 in 2006.
- 2003: Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic
- 2004: Outstanding Character (Visual), Outstanding Use of Color, Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic,Outstanding Gaming Comic.
- 2005: Winner: Outstanding Use of Color, Outstanding Comedic Comic, Outstanding Short Form Comic, Winner: Outstanding Gaming Comic. Honorable mention: Character Art & Artist.
- 2006: Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic, Winner: Outstanding Gaming Comic.
- 2007: Outstanding Use of Color (finalist), Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic (finalist), Outstanding Gaming Comic (finalist).
- 2008: Outstanding use of the medium (finalist)
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