Meet the Woman Behind the Adorable “Breaking Cat News” Comics
Rhode Island-born comic book writer Georgia Dunn owes her career to the collapse of a shelf in her Covington, Washington apartment.
When the contents clattered to the floor that day in 2014, Dunn’s cats came running up. They reminded her of reporters rushing to the breaking news scene, so she began to recount the event from her point of view, to the amusement of her husband, Ryan, and then created the comic, Breaking Cat News.
When she moved to Ashaway two months later, Dunn continued to start Breaking Cat News with her quirky “boys” Elvis, Lupine and Puck as television reporters / anchors from their Rhode Island apartment. “They are always curious and investigate things. I think that’s why the idea of cats as reporters works, ”says Dunn.
Every day they cover the events of Dunn, her husband and two young children in a comic set in Rhode Island that has been published in more than 130 newspapers nationwide. In Rhode Island, it’s only worn by The Westerly Sun, but fans can follow the cats on gocomics.com.
Unsurprisingly, Dunn’s cats work as reporters. Her father, Daniel G. Dunn, is a longtime photojournalist who worked for the Narragansett Times, and she spent hours there as a child.
She didn’t realize that influence until readers realized how well she captured reporters’ habits or the cadence of a story. “You may notice that the cats are always shuffling papers or taking notes on the desk,” says Dunn, who works on the strip seven days a week.
A graduate of Chariho High School, who has a fine arts degree from the University of Rhode Island, Dunn began drawing comics as a child. That influence comes from her mother, Charlene Dunn, a URI staffer and former Charlestown councilor.
Although Dunn now lives outside of Seattle, the strip still takes place in “The Big Pink House” in Ashaway. Other local elements include the Ashaway Free Library, native birds that Puck is stalking from a window sill, a frightened dog, and his “wife,” a friend of Dunn’s who owns Forbes Flowers in Hopkinton.
Breaking Cat News is the first cat journalist comic strip, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. Elvis, Lupine and Puck see the world like cats, not like humans in animal form. An empty pet bowl is big news, and “Preparing the Vacuum Cleaner” (how to hide from one) deserves a special report.
“I try to stick to it. I think that’s where a lot of the comedy comes from, ”says Dunn. “They don’t understand what people are doing, so fill in the blanks.” Breakingcatnews.com