Once in a while those “you read X, so we recommend Y” annoyances kind of get it right. That’s how I found The Evil Secret Society of Cats. The premise is simple: said society want to “teach humans to fear the feline race!” Basically it’s a series of 4-panel comics in a quasi manga style featuring the antics of a group of cats and the humans they live/interact with, and a few local dogs as well. It’s kind of cute and mindless, and the real story/personality is in the gutter notes. About half of the panels feature a normal human-feline interaction like the human getting distracted to pet the kitty, or the cat laying down on to of whatever the human was doing, and then the Commander kitty (he wears a cape to show either his villainy or power?) popping into the panel somewhere to explain that this is a way cats manipulate the humans. There’s also the evil scientist kitty Dr. Meow and his robo-kitty creation Robocat, Queen the femme fatale operative, and Destroyer, the kitty muscle. Trying to save the humans from the society is Doggo-man, self-styled hero dog, and his little sister who might be the brains of the operation although she’d never publicly point out to her brother that he might not be getting something right.
Often, the Commander and Doggo-man misunderstand the cat/human interactions, while the humans seem to often recognize the kitty intentions, which makes the whole thing a little more interesting. This is where those marginal notes come in. For example, Dr. Meow shows his newest creation to Commander, a bean-bag-esque “sofa that will corrupt the humans.” Two frames later, the household cat have taken over the sofa with human observing “it’s their sofa now”. Several pages later, Commander “foils” Doggo-man’s attempt to bring him to justice by throwing a ball in the opposite direction which naturally Doggo-man must attempt to catch cursing his instinct, with little sister observing “Aw, they’re having fun.” The side notes let us know that the Commander is not especially tidy but he keeps his uniform in good shape, Dr Meow goes for the organized chaos, and Destroyer is actually quite neat.
It’s cute kind of mindless entertainment although the general variety of way to understand the situations could be something deeper but doesn’t have to be, especially when we find out how much humans may or may not know about the Society.