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Major General Whiskers-Original by TheRyanFord Major General Whiskers-Original by TheRyanFord
For April Fools 2012, we at deviantART put on a prank at a scale we've never done in the past. The whole site was taken over by cats, a militant brigade calling themselves the Feline UpRising (FUR).

The idea of a cat takeover belongs to $Ayame-Kenoshi, but it was through a few discussions together that we decided to turn it away from the standard "cute internet meme cats" and more towards an actual feline revolution, of sorts.

Originally, Major General Whiskers was actually Admiral Whiskers, but of course we realized that no cat would command a naval force, so we switched it over to a title more befitting of a land predator.

The inspiration for this illustration as well as the other Cat Propaganda illustrations was drawn from propaganda of the past. Our familiarity with propaganda is drawn from old posters we've all seen: from WW2 and from Communist Russia and China. We also knew we wanted the cats to be "evil" in some way, which is why we drew more from "evil" propaganda imagery rather than, say, American or English propaganda.

The model for Whiskers, here, was $JaxBnice's cat, Lola. If you look through her gallery you'll find plenty of images of Lola, too.
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Dalicris Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Private Mittens, reporting for duty, SIR!
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:icontheaftherion:
TheAftherion Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any comic or something about this?
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:iconrobert64dd:
Robert64dd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll never sell my soul for you I can fight you General whisker s!
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:iconsporefan11:
Sporefan11 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Cute and evil. Just perfect
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SlLENT Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What about dogs.
I like dogs better.
How about, 'General Woofers'.
This year, it should be 'General Woofers' vs. 'General Whiskers'.
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:iconfalsebritish:
FalseBritish Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect
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:icongabyamaris:
gabyamaris Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice
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Skaninavia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope thay do this next april fools day :)
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RaygirlVocaloid40 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
These were EVERYWHERE when I was on XD
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Monkeymind8 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
yes he can!
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