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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Ripley
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6 months ago

Funnily enough, I had to move my cat out of the way to be able to access the touch pad in order to read this comic . . . although I'm having to type around his feet.

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Colin L
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6 months ago

The fiends! Raise the alarm!

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Lyop
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6 months ago

I know him.

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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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Ljdia
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6 months ago

LOL. This would explain things.

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Christopher Hughes
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6 months ago

give bread, receive coin. dark deals.

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Lyop
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6 months 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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6 months ago

Still a good boy

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Colin L
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6 months ago

Ah, the stick plant...

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Raine Soo
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6 months 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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6 months ago

*cuddles ironically*

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Lyop
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6 months ago

Her face!!! Thanks Noah...

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Lyop
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6 months 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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6 months ago

Sixth feline sense...

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Lyop
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6 months ago

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

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Lyop
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6 months 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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6 months ago

The grass is always greener....

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Christopher Hughes
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6 months ago

Just believe in yourself.

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Lyop
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6 months 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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Diana Eriksson
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6 months ago

Cats not conforming to society's expectations is exactly what society expects them to do though.

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ADHORTATOR
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6 months ago

Burn!

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Ljdia
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6 months ago

Exactly! Dog logic.

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Lyop
Community Member
6 months ago

Sooooo many people can relate to this hahahaha!

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Lyop
Community Member
6 months ago

Eeeeeeeeeeee!

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Christopher Hughes
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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LittleMissLotus
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6 months ago

Look who's talking lol

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Elina Kuusisto
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6 months ago

They're actually eating the algae coating the gravel and spitting it back out.

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Lyop
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6 months ago

Like your not going to all the same.!

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Colin L
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6 months ago

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

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Danish Dynomummy
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6 months ago

Bwahaha, the Best!

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Christopher Hughes
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6 months ago

oh cool, malarial immunity.

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Colin L
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6 months ago

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

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Christopher Hughes
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6 months ago

Thanks. here's a bread for your help.

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

I guess no one likes a sour apple.

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Diana Eriksson
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6 months ago

poetic...

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Pamela24
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6 months ago

My mum once accidentally put her hand in between our cat's paw and ear which the cat was just about to scratch. The claws got reaaallly deep. Ever since then my mum always scratches the cat's ear very very harshly because apparently, it's what works. And this cat who taught her that in the first place had only three legs so she had real problems to scratch one of the ears and immensely appreciated it... (Sorry, I got a little carried away...memories...)

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Pujan Vyas Joshi
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6 months ago

That's deep!

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Marshmallow
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6 months ago

My cooking skills in a nutshell

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Rowlie
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6 months ago

the bbq was buzzing

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Christopher Hughes
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6 months ago

All mail is junk mail.

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M.J.
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, you are :)

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