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|The Avengers as cats|
The Avengers portrayed as felines.
|Subject||the Avengers: Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor|
The Catvengers (or simply Catvengers) is a series of fan art pieces by American comics artist, fan artist and scientific illustrator Jenny Parks. It depicts the fictional superhero team Avengers as cats.
Parks started drawing cat versions of people at about age 11 or 12. At about 12 years of age, she loved The Phantom of the Opera and had a running gag about The Phantom of the Cats. Eventually, she drew the characters as cats.
Parks has a Bachelor's degree (BFA) in Illustration from the California College of Arts and a graduate degree in scientific illustration from the UC Santa Cruz. Previously, Parks drew wildlife like big cats, birds, dinosaurs, fruit bats, insects, and plants. It was drawn and painted digitally via Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop.
Parks said her fan art career took off with a table at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con where she had Doctor Mew buttons and posters. Parks became famous due to Doctor Mew. The success of Doctor Mew led her to do work based on The Avengers, Sherlock and Star Trek. Later, Chronicle Books published Parks' book Star Trek Cats in 2017.
In 2013, Parks depicted the Avengers as cats. Captain America is "Captain Catmerica" or simply "Captain Cat." Hulk ("Hulkitty") is a green Persian cat. Iron Man ("Iron Cat" or "Iron Kitty") is a Siamese cat. Thor is "Thor: God of Thun-purr."
In 2013, Catvengers ranked behind Batman [BatKitty] and Loki [Lokitty] as her bestselling item. In 2015, Parks said her bestseller was still Catvengers, while Star Trek was second. Mashable's Quenton Narcisse called Catvengers "dazzling illustrations that turn adorable cats into feline crime-fighters." The Mary Sue's received the piece favorably with "If they can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure they’ll nom it."
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- Pahle, Rebecca (15 May 2013). "Attention, Internet: Artist Has Drawn The Avengers, Loki, Katniss, Batman, and More As Cats". The Mary Sue. The Mary Sue, LLC. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
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