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Sixteenth-Century Japan -- a land suffering
through the long night of Sengoku Jidai,
the Age of Battles, a period of constant civil war,
of anarchy and terror, of savagery and bloodshed
and lots of other good stuff. The social order was
shaken to its core; class distintions blurred as
military prowess became all-important. With
luck, even a peasant could slash a place for
himself among the mighty.
Even a cat...

ALL QUOTES AND IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHTED BY MARK E. ROGERS, CREATOR OF SAMURAI CAT!! And used shamelessly without permission, so please don't kill me!

Miowara Tomokato and Shiro
Miowara Tomokato, Samurai Cat, and his gun-happy nephew and occasional sidekick Shiro

This is, as far as I know, the only Samurai Cat page on the net, so I hope I can do the series by Mark E. Rogers proud. He does his own artwork on canvas and writes the books. A very talented man!

The Adventures of Samurai CatThis is the first book, which started the Samurai Cat craze (such as it is). In this one Tomokato takes on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth at the Bridge of Catzad-Düm, H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu (well, he calls him K'chu), Robert E. Howard's Conan (cleverly disguised) and Norse mythology, in one huge fell swoop. Well, maybe not one fell swoop, but you get the picture. Ultimately you will be able to click on the books and get pictures and brief synopses, but I'm very slow as to the demands of RL, so be patient with me.

More Adventures of Samurai CatHere's the second book of the series, and once again Rogers gives us a damn funny read. In this one we get mercilessly funny takes on Indiana Jones, crossed with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round in the search for the Holy Spad (which is a truly awesome device, armed with two 15mm machineguns AND the Wrath of God (tm). How much more asskicking do you want?). From there Tomokato (and Shiro, of course) takes on Edgar Rice Burrough's Martian Barsoom (might lose some of you non-literary types there). You thought Shiro was hot with a gun? This time, Shimura gets bad. `Nuff said. Finally, he takes on the American-culture-defining cult classic Star Wars, complete with reprise appearance of Wisconsin Platt. Don't think Rogers really liked Luke too much. Hope you can find this one, so you can read it to find out!

Samurai Cat in the Real WorldThis is the third book, and is still in the larger format like Adventures of... and More Adventures of... In this one Tomokato and Shiro join Santa (yep, as in Claus) to take on the Third Reich in one truly Nazi-butt-kickin' eight reindeer open sleigh (complete with TWO ball turrets!), but not before they upset Gangster Rule in the Windy City in the Thirties. After that it's a quick hop to the former Soviet Union to kick Stalin and his Commies onto their werewolf butts, but you don't know that yet. Now don't you wish you had the book?

The Sword of Samurai CatWell, I finally got this one. I had to order it from all the way across the country, but I got it!

In this one Tomokato and his ever-present, morally deficient nephew sidekick Shiro take on Commie zombies and Mister Rodgerz, K'Chu's pissed-off brother Bl'syu, Count Johnson, fresh off Sesame Street in Hell, and teams up with Wisconsin Platt yet again to bring the leader of the Temple of Dog Doom and the Cult of Collie to a certain headless justice(but let's get real; Platt's only in it for the money). Then we discover that Shimura, Hanako, Agamemnon and the 'Ukis have once again picked the worst damn place for vacation, but are luckily there nonetheless to lend Tomokato a paw when things get messy. After all, ain't nobody can get messy like the Miowara clan. They all kick the collective ass of the plantlike Kitty Snatchers. Then Shiro has to go to court for all his shady arms deals (after getting the spanking of his life from father, mother, and uncle for days on end), and ultimately winds up in that Hell-on-Earth, Hollywood. I won't say more on this, mainly because I'm not sure how. Suffice it to say that if you have any pretendings to a sense of humor, you'll like this book.

Samurai Cat Goes to the Movies In this one Tomokato and Shiro mercilessly parody all of America's favorite movies, from The Wizard of Oz to The Magnificent Seven, The Terminator (1 and 2), and many many others. The down side, you may ask? Well, just like Sword of Samurai Cat, and after reading it many times, I would have to say that the only down side to this book would be the lack of pictures. There are pictures all right, but not nearly as many as we've come to expect from his other books. It is missing the loads of visual humour found in his earlier books, but is still possibly the funniest of them all. Anyone who fancies themselves a movie buff and has anything even slightly approaching a sense of humour will love this one.

Samurai Cat Goes to HellIs this the last Samurai Cat book? Say it ain't so, Joe! (obscure baseball reference-- anyone recognize it?) Tomokato faces his own mortality in this one by way of a large nuclear device-- come on, you knew that was the ONLY way he could die! Anyway, once he shuffles off this mortal coil, he gets his guide to hell courtesy of Dante, and it goes from there. This books is great! The pictures are back (more than before) and as good as they ever were (which is damn good), so I was really happy about that. My only complaint would be that they did away with the traditional Samurai Cat name in text like you see at the top of the page (that is, if you're not using LYNX or some crappy text-only version like that). Aside from that, that's it! And so I tell you now; go get this book before it disappears like all the rest did. Special order it, do whatever you have to do; because once it's out of print, you'll never see it. Ever.

Samurai Cat Portfolio ArtI also found out from fellow Samurai Catophile Nicholas Fabry that Mark Rogers has also published two portfolios of Samurai Cat stuff, which I am now dying to own. He has been kind enough to email me pictures from these, so I in turn have been kind enough to put them here so you can see them. Click on the thumbnail to go there.

 I have also just bought the 3-issue comic book Samurai Cat from Epic. The cover art is by Rogers; the rest is another guy's art. Not bad at all. Not the book, by any means, but not bad. I also got the T-shirt that was released with the original paperback edition of Adventures of Samurai Cat, so I'll get these scanned in and put them up with the portfolios soon.

COMING SOON-- UNPUBLISHED WORKS!!!

Over the Christmas break I journeyed to the Author's home in Delaware (as the maps always said) and met Mark Rogers in person. I have to say, the man is possibly the coolest person I have ever met. I may write a little quickie about it, I may not. Depends on time constraints here at college. Regardless, I sat and talked to the man and discovered a lot I didn't know.

For instance, did you know Mark has written seven books besides the Samurai Cat series? Did you know there's been a movie made based on one of his stories? And that there may be another coming out in the not-too-distant future based on his book The Dead? Did you know Mark actually paints the B&W illustrations in the books in black and white? Some of you might have known that. Regardless, given enough interest I might put up something small.

 But here's the best thing; he lent me (very temporarily) several transparencies of unpublished Samurai Cat artwork! Be very sure that I will get this up ASAP, as well as a photo of Mark and me (yes, that is grammatically correct, I assure you) at his home. And no I will not tell you his phone and address, so don't ask!

If you're looking to find any of these books, I would recommend eBay, an online auction site that is really nice and sometimes you can score big. Another place is Amazon.com. You can find Samurai Cat Goes to Hell there. All the others are out of print, but they'll try to find for you. Not much luck there, though.

Mark E. RogersSomething else I've found is a picture of Mark E. Rogers, the creative genius behind Samurai Cat. I lifted this one from somewhere on the web. You can click on the thumbnail for a larger picture.

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