By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The internet’s most notorious feline is telling Marvel to move over Red Rover, because she’s about to get the comic book treatment in The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat from Dynamite Entertainment.
How did the least friendly cat on Earth even get so famous? Well, when a picture, video, or piece of text quickly becomes popular on the internet, it can turn into a “meme” that’s modified and shared like a huge inside joke. Although people usually get bored of memes quickly, that’s definitely not the case with Grumpy Cat, the grouchy-looking kitty whose face is permanently frowning because of feline dwarfism and an under bite.
Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) is more popular than ever, after showing up in major magazines, television shows, and commercials.
Back in September, 2012, a picture of Grumpy Cat’s scowling face was posted to the social media site Reddit, and it soon became an internet sensation with captions like “I had fun once… it was awful” and “There’s not enough coffee in the world… to get me to rise and shine”.
There were even Christmas-themed memes of Grumpy Cat unhappily dressed in holiday costumes with captions like “Dashing through the… No” and “Feliz Navi… Don’t”. Then, there was a hilarious phase of Taylor Swift mashups with the 2-year-old kitty mocking the country star’s lyrics.
Soon, Tardar Sauce was getting invited to make guest appearances on major television shows like American Idol, Anderson Live on CNN, CBS Evening News and The Bachelorette, and she was even in a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial. Prestigious magazines like Time, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine have “interviewed” Grumpy Cat and sometimes featured her on the front page.
At mega geek events like SXSW in Austin, Texas and San Diego Comic-Con, hundreds of fans would gather to meet Grumpy Cat, sometimes waiting hours in line! Then, at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, a documentary called Lil Bub & Friendz with Grumpy Cat in it won a Best Feature Film award. She was also picked up by Broken Road Productions for a Garfield-like movie, and Lifetime produced a film last fall called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.
Grumpy Cat and her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, hit the road for book tours, promoting the kitty’s second book, The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat, following on the heels of her bestselling Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book. This October, Grumpy Cat will be featured in a three-issue comic book miniseries, which will be made into a hardcover graphic novel later this year. Will all this attention finally be enough to turn that feline frown upside down? NO!
Images courtesy of The Official Grumpy Cat Facebook.