We found a short story that Jim wrote and illustrated when he was about 13 — 1945. The Story of Gink is about a housecat named Gink who runs off to join the Catnip Navy with his alley cat friend Hot Stuff. They sign on to the good ship Hepcat.
When I saw the sailor uniforms, I figured the story would be about World War II. But no, Jim’s cats went to Argentina.
The story made me laugh and touched me too. Of course it’s a funny reflection of its author. But it’s also a tender tale relevant to all barely adolescent boy “house cats” envisioning what it means to become a man. The Story of Gink>>>