Dorothy Gambrell is a cartoonist who writes and draws the online comic strip Cat and Girl in addition to the blog very small array. Her work has appeared in the literary journal Backwards City Review and the Anton Chekhov anthology The Other Chekhov, and appears regularly in the literary journal Grasslimb. As of 2013, she is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.
Additionally, Dorothy played guitar in the self-styled "last uncool band in Brooklyn," The Vandervoorts. Following the move to Tucson, Gambrell became part of The Basement Apartments. She currently plays for Jenny and the Holzers.
She grew up on Long Island, New York, and attended Williams College. She recently moved from the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, to Tucson, Arizona. By the spring of 2009, Dorothy had returned to Brooklyn.
Cat and Girl
Cat and Girl is a webcomic by Gambrell which began in summer 1999; it is published every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Gambrell describes the subject as "a cat, a girl, and an experimental meta-narrative (sp)". Gambrell's comics (including Cat and Girl) were named as some of the best webcomics of 2005 by The Webcomics Examiner.
The title characters are Cat, a giant anthropomorphic cat given to zany schemes and indulgences (particularly eating lead-based paint), and Girl, a cynical girl with a philosophical bent and a penchant for postmodernism. Gambrell insists Girl is not modeled after herself, an assertion she backs up by occasionally inserting a character based on herself into the comic. Cat and Girl mixes usually dry humor with literary allusions. Secondary characters include the hipster Grrrl, Boy (who fosters a secret affection for Girl), Undead Hipster (a unionized vampire beatnik), Zombie Joseph Beuys, and Bad Decision Dinosaur.
- Cat and Girl
- The New Adventures of Death
- Very Small Array
- Interview with Futureal Studio
- Dorothy Gambrell at Bloomberg Businessweek
- Dorothy Gambrell at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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