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''[[http://catandgirl.com/ Cat and Girl]]'' is a {{webcomic}} started by Dorothy Gambrell in 1999, and has been updating at least once a week ever since, hitting a thousand strips on January 31, 2011. The comic centers around the titular pair, and it often serves as a vehicle for Girl's philosophical musings, with {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cat making only vaguely related remarks in the background—in other words, it can be said to be the more erudite side of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' taken UpToEleven. Aside from those two, recurring characters include the political activist Grrl (note the spelling difference, she serves as the active foil to Girl's more passive character), the StraightMan Boy, Vampire (formerly {{Beatnik}} Vampire) and Bad Decision Dinosaur, who is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

A lot of the strips openly criticize structures of politics, economics and education in the U.S., though much of its fanbase is of the highly-educated demographic being criticized in the strips, which contain frequent and obscure [[{{LiteraryAllusionTitle}} allusions to literature, film, art, music...]] and abundant [[{{StealthPun}} subtle jokes]] and ContinuityPorn. With such an audience, many of the comment sections below the strips can be often as entertaining as the strips themselves.

Also on the website is [[http://catandgirl.com/dderby/index.php Donation Derby]], in which Dorothy chronicles how she has spent donations from her readers.

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!!Tropes found in ''Cat and Girl'' include:
* ArtEvolution: Very noticeable across the years. Girl, most noticeably, becomes shorter and squatter, with her AntennaHair reaching out to extreme lengths as of the present (2011). The font undergoes noticeable changes as well.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Cat, [[PasteEater who eats paint]], and Bad Decision Dinosaur.
* ContinuityPorn: Dorothy positively thrives on this.
* DiscoDan: Grrl is occasionally like this when she waxes nostalgic for the early 90s—her ''very name'' is an allusion to riot grrrl music.
** Vampire, when he is still called Beatnik Vampire, also starts out as this, shaving his goatee (and later losing his CoolShades) when passersby call him "Maynard G. Krebs" and say, "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy called, they want their hair back."
* {{Expy}}: Cat looks [[{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}} very familiar...]]
* {{Foil}}: Numerous examples that fluctuate in strength throughout the strip's run: Cat to Girl, Grrl to Girl, Boy to Girl and Grrl, Bad Decision Dinosaur to everyone.
* HurricaneOfPuns: EXTREMELY frequent. A good example is found [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=746 here.]]
* {{Keet}}: Cat, in a big way. This is his main way of being a {{Foil}} to Girl. [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=584 "I'm running away to join the Basque!"]]
* MyNaymeIs: Grrl. {{Lampshaded}} [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=561 here.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: Girl often comes off as this.
* NonHumanSidekick: Cat. Sometimes he even interacts with ''actual cats.'' (That is, ones who don't talk.)
* NostalgiaFilter: [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1135 Arguably]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=2929 the]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1522 driving]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=2585 force]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=2144 of]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=841 the]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=600 entire]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=3564 comic]], although it is almost always [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded.]]
* OneTwoPunchline: It uses a fairly standard size format for its comics, but sometimes there will be an extra panel or two drawn in grey that adds a punchline.
* OpaqueLenses: Cat. His eyes have never been shown. Perhaps this is a ShoutOut to similar characters like Marcie from {{Peanuts}} and the fat kids from TheFarSide, who also have opaque glasses.
* PasteEater: Cat has been known to eat paint.
* ReferenceOverdosed: And ''how''. A complete list of all the references in Cat and Girl would be encyclopedic.
* SoapBoxSadie: Grrl, though in a postmodern way.
* ShoutOut: In two of the earliest comics, [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1588 here]] and [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1542 here]]. In reference to [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes two]] [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} certain]] other comics with anthropomorphic felines.
** [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=966 These]] [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=968 two]] strips are an homage to "The Music/PirateJenny".
* StrawLoser: Poor Boy is often set up this way, especially in a strip like [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=259 this one]] which has him depicted as a more sociological StrawmanPolitical.
* WhosOnFirst: Done [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=147 here]] in a particular appeal to world history nerds.
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