Karl Stevens is a graphic novelist and painter whose comics have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, Village Voice (where this series premiered), and Boston Phoenix. Stevens' graphic novels include Whatever (2008), The Lodger (2010), Failure (2013), and The Winner (2018). He lives in Boston with his wife and their overlords cats, Penny and Pepper.
What sets Penny apart from the cat crowd is Stevens's skill at depicting her. A bit snub-nosed, like an English shorthair, Penny is shown in both her most graceful and most endearingly awkward poses, always identifiably feline and yet with an obvious intelligence and focus that makes her most lofty thoughts credible. It's this clear-eyed love and attention that makes Penny stand out, revealing, as great authors do, that even the smallest life may be full of interest - and profound. - The Arts Fuse So, yes, to Penny and yes, to Karl Stevens. Few cartoonists are in the same league as he is. - Comics Grinder Sure to delight cat lovers. -Booklist Stevens employs his detailed and stylistic realism to nice comic effect [his] clever send-up should delight the feline faithful. - Publishers Weekly