How many times have you looked at your dog and wondered what the heck is going on in that little mind? How many midnights on Christmas Eve have you spent waiting for that humble ‘meow’ to transform into ‘hey, Dave’? Well, those days are numbered.

Thanks to Jimmy Craig, we now know not only what our pets are thinking, but also what they say to one another. The artist has illustrated all of their communication subtleties for the eye-opening They Can Talk comic series. It turns out that these feline and canine conversations reveal as much about humans as they do about our four-legged friends.

Sit back, relax, and let’s find out the truth you’ve been craving for so many years. Plus, read Bored Panda’s interview with the artist himself on the challenges that come with creating these surreal animal conversations.

More info: They Can Talk | Facebook

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

Yep, that sounds about right.

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Colin L
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1 year ago

The fiends! Raise the alarm!

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

I know her

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Bored Panda spoke to the artist himself, Jimmy Craig, in order to find out the source of his seemingly endless inspiration. “I recently got two cats, which explains why I’ve been writing a little more cat comics than usual.“ It turns out that inspirational flow is always in front of him: “When they’re being total psychopaths, the silver lining is that I’ll get a comic idea out of it.”

One of the hardest parts of making the comics has to do with animal expressions. “Sometimes it’s challenging to give the animals recognizable expressions without making them look too human.” Craig adds: “I still try to keep the comic somewhat grounded in reality.”

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Tenay Douglas
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1 year ago

The dog on the right is like "youuuuuu"

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Heeheehee.

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Lmao!

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The artist believes that our thoughts are much more similar to our pets’ than we’d like to think. “I like to think that animals have similar thoughts as us, so whether I’m thinking about what animals might be saying to each other or imposing my own thoughts on them, there’s some truth in both.” 

Jimmy Craig has been working on his They Can Talk project since 2015, but he believes that his drawing has improved over time. “I still keep the backgrounds simple (or non-existent), but I think there’s more consistency in the look and style of the animals.”

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago (edited)

yea, I mean, who doesn't know about the couch fairy?

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Colin L
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1 year ago

Ah, the stick plant...

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

I've read that cats think that we really are oversized and dim-witted kin.

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For all the They Can Talk fans out there, you’re likely to see more comic scenarios in the near future. “I’m satisfied as long as I’m doing something creative. Thankfully, exposure from the comic has led to other opportunities and I hope it continues to serve as a sort of portfolio for my writing and illustration.”

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Colin L
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1 year ago

*cuddles ironically*

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Her face!!! Thanks Noah...

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Aaawww!

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There are millions of species in the world, but only a few of them communicate with language. Usually, their conversations are based on much more basic means of expression—anything from body language to instinctive calls. Moreover, humans are known to have a brain template for acquiring language and it’s crucial in learning multiple languages.

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Dutch VanZandt
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1 year ago

Sixth feline sense...

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

Like....they just know, yeah?! Uncanny...

Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

For ages Hubby said we could not have a cat because I am allergic. When I reached the point that I had to start taking allergy meds year round I asked my doc which was worse me being alone in the house all by myself for at least 47 1/2 hours while Hubby traveled back and forth to work or having a pet I am allergic to but covered by the meds, SO I have had a cat for almost 4 years now. He even figured out how to signal when my facial nerves are starting to flair so I take the meds I need for that. He is a great support animal even though I have not had him trained his instincts kick in when I need him. I do not plan on taking him out in public though because I don't trust other people with him!!! He is a great cat, it is people I don't trust!

Shelbs
Community Member
1 year ago

lol this is like my cats they love my best friend who is allergic to them!

Kim Lee
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1 year ago

They always make a beeline for me, with something like a smirk on their faces, lol

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

That's right. I have allergies. My two cats chose me.

Robert Robi Z
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11 months ago

I love it when they curl their tail around the legs <3

Jesus Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

Here I am! :(

Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! Every cat loves me

Niobe Marchalant
Community Member
1 year ago

someones going to be mad...

Lemon Garnished Potato
Community Member
10 months ago

listen. I have mild cat allergies and if cats swarmed me like that I'd be in heaven. Of course after I'd have to take antihisstamines and bathe in lotion, but it's worth it.

Grace Smith
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1 year ago

I like to think Cats always approach me because I have cat allergies, little do The cats know I love them and will suffer through runny eyes and blocked nose to cuddle them

Pernille Dyre
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats me! I'm allergic and they always find med 🙈🙊😷😂😂

Water Bottle
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why my friend doesn’t go to my house anymore

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Lyop
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1 year ago

So, all I need is a pond with mud and a breathing apparatus. Cool

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Lyop
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1 year ago

A serious point.

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The crucial question is whether these means of communication could be called accidental or intentional. According to Carl Safina, the author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, all species of free-living great apes use gestures to communicate. And these gestures aren’t random. They’re directed at specific individuals who understand them, and they’re used intentionally and flexibly. Meanwhile, he writes, “humans happen to be talkers. Think of the words wasted.”

When you think about it, humans could have been wrong altogether—fewer words don’t mean less communication, and quite on the contrary—too many words are just jabbering without a purpose.

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Lyop
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1 year ago

The grass is always greener....

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago

Just believe in yourself.

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Lyop
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1 year ago

On a serious note though, it's kinda tragic that these dogs can hardly make it in their own....and it's our fault.

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Colin L
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1 year ago

If you must put me in a box, make sure it's a *big* box.

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

Burn!

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Ljdia
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1 year ago

Exactly! Dog logic.

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

Shouldn't the second gazelle be just as fast if it decided to pursue the first one?

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Iapetos
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1 year ago

Cute!

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago

"I punch his organs, he gives me head pats, it's a game we play"

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Niobe Marchalant
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1 year ago

says you

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago

I also eat the fish gravel.

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Lyop
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1 year ago

Like your not going to all the same.!

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Colin L
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1 year ago

I'll just stop here and wash my butt. Don't mind me!

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Bwahaha, the Best!

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago

oh cool, malarial immunity.

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Colin L
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1 year ago

Awwwww..... who's a viscious killer?

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago

Thanks. here's a bread for your help.

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

I guess no one likes a sour apple.

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Diana Eriksson
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1 year ago

poetic...

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Ljdia
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1 year ago

Lol!

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Pujan Vyas Joshi
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1 year ago

That's deep!

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Marshmallow
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1 year ago

My cooking skills in a nutshell

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

the bbq was buzzing

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Christopher Hughes
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1 year ago

All mail is junk mail.

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M.J.
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1 year ago

Yes, you are :)

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