How many times have you glanced at your dog and wondered what was going on in his or her head? How many Christmas Eve midnights have you spent waiting for that simple’meow’ to turn into ‘hello, Dave’? Those days, though, are numbered.
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We now know not just what our dogs are thinking, but also what they are saying to one another, according to Jimmy Craig. For the eye-opening They Can Talk comic series, the artist has illustrated all of their conversational nuances. These feline and canine talks, it turns out, disclose just as much about humans as they do about our four-legged companions.
Sit back, unwind, and let’s uncover the truth you’ve been seeking for so long.
Plus, read Bored Panda’s interview with the artist himself on the challenges that come with creating these surreal animal conversations.
Bored Panda spoke to the artist himself, Jimmy Craig, in order to find out the source of his seemingly endless inspiration. “I recently got two cats, which explains why I’ve been writing a little more cat comics than usual.“ It turns out that inspirational flow is always in front of him: “When they’re being total psychopaths, the silver lining is that I’ll get a comic idea out of it.”
One of the hardest parts of making the comics has to do with animal expressions. “Sometimes it’s challenging to give the animals recognizable expressions without making them look too human.” Craig adds: “I still try to keep the comic somewhat grounded in reality.”
There are millions of species in the world, but only a few of them communicate with language. Usually, their conversations are based on much more basic means of expression—anything from body language to instinctive calls. Moreover, humans are known to have a brain template for acquiring language and it’s crucial in learning multiple languages.