League of Extraordinary Cats Picture

It WAS supposed to be "League of Extraordinary Felines" but they don't allow titles that long in DA.

Anyway, this is obviously a spoof of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with the same concept of throwing together a ton of different characters (although I didn't limit it to any one time period).

It was actually surprisingly fun to do, even if the result isn't that great. Mostly, it was just cool making up the league and the idea was fun enough that it deserved drawing. It was also kind of neat using a lot of characters I'd developed separately in my own little worlds of imagination in the past all together.

From left to right, top to bottom, the characters are:

- The Cat (and the household pet) from The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss. While he doesn't have any great special powers (besides a strange ability to summon strange Things, and the like), his absurdity and ability to produce absolute chaos makes him a rather interesting character in the league.

- Pluto, from The Black Cat, by Edgar Allen Poe. Pluto, the leader of the group, is a demonic, immortal (or rather, resurrecting) witch-cat who's very old and very grumpy, though still overall passably friendly to those who don't bug him too much. He's also got a mean taste for vengeance, which he tends to carry out in unusual ways. He's still missing an eye and has the gallows-like markings on his chest from the time he came back after getting stabbed in the eye and hanged by his previous insane owner.

- The Cheshire Cat, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. The Cheshire ended up here from Wonderland after following the White Rabbit (who ran off when he owed quite a bit of money in a poker game). In a series of very uncharacteristic events, he got lost and ending up in our world. He's yet to find a way back to Wonderland.

The Cheshire is more than a little insane, and seems to run on a set of rules of reality that doesn't quite conform with ours. He enjoys having philosophical discussions which never seem to lead to any sort of conclusion that makes sense (even if the logic along the way seems impeccable). He also has a habit of disappearing and reappearing (in part or in whole) quite frequently.

- Bast, from Egyptian mythology. Mother of quite a few important gods, Bast is wry, protective, gentle, fierce, and a very talented hunter. She's also got a heck of a (somewhat confusing) resume involving being the protector of lower Egypt, defender of Ra, goddess of the sun (and the moon - a part time job she picked up on the side), and perfume (a job she obtained due to some clerical errors by people who got her name wrong a long time ago).

- The Cowardly Lion, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. After his epic journey to the Wizard of Oz, he's now regained his bravery and confidence. Too much of it, in fact. Now known simply as Lion, he's proud, vain, and brave to a point of stupidity. While sometimes, it's clear the Wizard didn't help him get his tact, he does occasionally let slip the fact he's wise in his own strange way. When his mouth isn't open, he's a good listener. His mouth is, of course, usually open.

- Mr. Mistoffelees, from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot. Mistoffelees is a kitten who's shy, quiet, and aloof. He's also one of the best illusionists that have ever existed, and possesses a certain sensitivity to the supernatural, not to mention that some of his tricks are developed to a point of certain practicality and they're almost indistinguishable from real magic. He's a great actor (one of the few times he can get past his shyness), and enjoys performing.

- Puss in Boots, from the fairy tales of Europe. Almost always in his trademark boots, Puss lends his talents as a fencer, acrobat, thief, and mostly in wit as a master trickster who can talk, and deceive himself out of (and into) just about any situation.

The big cliche eyes are the eyes of Macavity, the Napoleon of Crime, also from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. He's a criminal mastermind and a genius in any sense, well versed in math, philosophy, politics, and just about everything else. While he's also very good at levitation, mostly what makes him so dangerous is his extreme intelligence.

I actually wanted to avoid taking two characters from T.S. Eliot, but Macavity was the perfect parallel of Moriarty, the villain of Extraordinary Gentlement, taken from Sherlock Holmes. T.S. Eliot based Macavity off of Moriarty to a point many lines are directly quoted from Doyle.

It'd be fun to try to do a few comic-style stories with these, but unfortunately, I'd have to find new characters to replace Mistoffelees, Macavity, and The Cat, all of whom are copyrighted.
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