Monday, March 3, 2014

Evelyn (and Molly) has MORE ideas!

More from Evelyn and her friend, Molly…

Dear Monkey Doodle Dandy,
I made more drawings of the Squaredy Cats! Me and my friend drew them. I think they are super cute! We would like you to make these kinds of cats! Pretty please?! sic]

Dear Evelyn,
We love all the Squaredy Cats you and Molly drew! Keep up the good work. We've made some drawings like this ourselves, and hope that we can make each and every one of them into plush. Thanks for loving Squaredy Cats! And thank you for showing us your artwork!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Evelyn has some ideas!

We got a really cool set of drawings in the mail from Evelyn in North Carolina. Thanks, Evelyn!

"Dear Monkey Doodle Dandy, I love the Squaredy Cats and if you are still thinking of some ideas I have some. I would like to know if you could make Squaredy Cats out of my ideas. I am in 4th grade and I have Scarlett! If you are not doing the Squaredy Cat business anymore that's okay, but if you like them tell me. I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Dear Evelyn,
First, we should say, YES! Of course we are still doing Squaredy Cats! Monkey Doodle Dandy is tiny, but extremely busy with fun stuff. We get busy sometimes with other work, and can't keep up with the Facebook page and the blog (not to mention our Twitter and our Tumblr), but we are ALWAYS thinking of new ideas. Sometimes it's an idea for a new plush (they take a long time to get made), and sometimes it's other ideas.
It's nice to hear you have Scarlett. She means a lot to us. She was named after a very special niece to the creators of Squaredy Cats.
We love your ideas too. Some of them are similar to cats we've already made, and others are outrageous  and fun. And we LOVE the names you came up with. Soooo cute!
Thanks for loving Squaredy Cats!

PS Below your artwork we posted a pic we did for North Carolina :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We love monkeys!

Wow, are we embarrassed! We get so much email and so many messages we sometimes miss a few. We got this great art of a Monkey Squaredy Cat that fan, Lindsay sent to us last year, but we forgot to post it! While going through our piles of email we luckily found it.

Thank you for your excellent work, Lindsay :)

Her mom, Rachel said "Here's her drawing of a Squaredy Cat Monkey who is either "not squared
to swing around" or "not squared to stand out"." Since we took so long to say thank Lindsay we decided to make the other one—"not squared to swing around." It just seemed right. After all, the people who designed Squaredy Cats' company name is Monkey Doodle Dandy! We love monkeys as much as we love square cats :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's #‎7ElevenDay‬ and you know what that means! Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven! Get out and go get your brain freeze. Tell 'em Squaredy Cats sent ya! It's only until 7PM, so get going.

We'll be posting these pics to our Facebook page all day today. Share, Like, and comment to tell us which is your favorite.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Peanut butter jelly time!

We got this fan mail art from a fan named Megan, and it made us hungry! We had to have PB&J after seeing this. Thank you, Megan! We love your peanut butter and jelly Squaredy Cat :)

We did a jelly cat back in 2009! What do you think?

Monday, December 10, 2012

...And they told two friends...and so on...

We absolutely LOVE getting fanmail to our snail mail address (find it here), but it's even cooler when fans of Squaredy Cats draw pictures for us! We're artists, and we think everyone else is an artist too! Drawing is so expressive, so when someone takes the time to make a drawing for us we really appreciate it.

So, it turns out we got a letter and drawing from someone whose friend likes Squaredy Cats. Sam's friend Madison drew us a picture, and we returned the favor by sending her a picture we did. So, now we're doing the same for Sam. Sam had a hopping idea to do a bunny Squaredy Cat, so we showed Sam our own Squaredy Cat dressed as a bunny. We're sending you some stickers to say thanks too!

Thanks, Sam!
We're not squared to LOVE 2b a bunny!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Some Brooklyn Love

We're pleased and proud to announce that Squaredy Cats are finally being embraced by a Brooklyn store! Please visit Kaleidoscope in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on 3rd Avenue between 87th and 88th Streets, and let them know how much you love Squaredy Cats.

Getting local support is extremely important to us. Monkey Doodle Dandy, the tiny company that invented Squaredy Cats was founded in Brooklyn; but, though Squaredy Cats are in stores all over the country, this is the first Brooklyn, NY specialty store to carry the plush!

If you live in Brooklyn or Bay Ridge specifically, show Kaleidoscope how smart they are! Shop local, and support the little stores and little companies :)

If you're a Squaredy Cats fan on Facebook say hi to Kaleidoscope on their timeline.

If you tweet with Squaredy Cats say hi to Kaleidoscope on Twitter.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

English to Spanish challenge

Help us out, and help Ornella from Argentina!

We got an interesting email from a Squaredy Cats fan from Argentina, and it inspires us to put the challenge out there. We could use your help!

When we first conceived of Squaredy Cats and the phrase "not squared to..." we did initially think it might be a problem translating, but we had no idea that there would be so many languages and fans around the world that this would really be an immediate problem for us.

The problem is that "squared," though an English word, does not translate well into other languages for the meaning we intended since we're using it as a pun for "scared." But since the cats are square (really cubes), well, you know the rest…

Ornella, our fan from Argentina has posed this question to us: How does Squaredy translate to Spanish. The short answer: We don't know! Somebody help so we can answer her.

Pasted below is her email in its entirety. She also posted a pic of one of the Squaredy Cats that she likes. Please excuse the translation to English:

My name is Ornella, I´m from Argentina! Im a big fan of the squaredy Cats! My mom bought they in internet. (I´m not sure if that was very well saying)
I have a challenge for YOU:
You have to translate "Squaredy Cats" to Spanish.
You will say: ¡But that is easy! Try. It. It´s very Hard.
I speak Spanish and I can´t do it.
It´s going to be fun!!
Thank you

Thanks, Ornella! We hope to find an answer soon :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday surprise

We're going to give away three Squaredy Cats, and here's how we're going to do it:

We have a mailing list, and we're going to pick up to 100 names of that list, and mail a Squaredy Cats Christmas card to all those fans. We'll randomly place inside three of those cards a "Golden Ticket" to mail back to us for a FREE Squaredy Cat!

There's still time to get on our mailing list before we mail the cards with the randomly placed tickets. You can message us on our Facebook page (please message—don't post your address directly to our wall or everyone will see it), or you can email us at (remove all numbers from address).

Please provide a full address including zip code and name.

USA and Canada residents only. We'd love to be able to do more, but we're not allowed yet.

Deadline for this contest is December 10, 2012.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Special custom Squaredy

We don't say enough how much we appreciate getting actual fan mail. We get letters and pictures pretty often, and we try to acknowledge everyone with free stickers, but sometimes, here at Squaredy Cats Headquarters, we get so busy we forget to say thank you. We're going to try to post some of these pictures so you can see what makes us smile.

We got this letter and artwork from Madison of Florida a few weeks ago, and decided to take her up on her request to draw her idea. We only made a few tweaks to keep within our own guidelines of how we draw our Squaredy Cats. Below you'll find her letter and our version to Madison.

Thanks, Madison!

PS We decided that we'll tag the first name on fan art posts so you can easily find yours!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Not squared to be a 'Domer

Fred Firestone, the famous Clap-O-Meter, and Joanna Firestone of Punderdome 3000.

We'd like to thank Fred and Joanna Firestone of Punderdome 3000 for sharing Squaredy Cats with the 'Domers in the audience at Punderdome hosted at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

To get the crowd warmed up for the puns of the evening Fred usually tosses out Paydays to audience members who can solve his pun riddles the fastest. He might ask something like, "What is the headline on the day that a fortune telling little person robs a bank, and is on the run?" An audience member yells out, "Small Medium at Large!" and Fred tosses them a Payday.

Last night Fred threw out six Squaredy Cats when several members of the audience correctly and quickly guessed the answer to, "What would you call a cube-shaped fraidy-feline?" The fellow behind us seemed tickled to have caught Dazzle (not squared of the SPOTLIGHT), but the rest of the plush cats disappeared into the darkness as groping hands grabbed them. We'd love to hear from whoever caught Midnight (not squared of the DARK), Tiger Lily (not squared to GO WILD), Zanie (not squared to be UNIQUE), Giggles (not squared to ACT SILLY), and Candie (not squared to be SWEET).

Fred Firestone tosses out a Squaredy Cat—Zanie (not squared of the spotlight).
Punderdome 3000 is a tournament style pun competition in which participants have the stage to string together puns based on a topic provided by Joanna. The punsters only have 90 seconds to write down some notes, and time to formulate their plan while the other participants take their turns at giving the audience reasons to groan and laugh.

Squaredy Cats is proud to have had the opportunity to share their love of puns. Squaredy Cats, after all is a play on words, and a plush medium for social expression. When Squaredy Cats were designed in 2008 the first few were distinctively puns. Remember "not squared of yer BOOTY?"

Since then, Squaredy Cats has evolved into a phenomenon of expression, now available as Plush from Kids Preferred. Order them for your store today!

Tiger Lily, Zanie, Candie, and Kurt Marquart & Elaine de la Mata—the inventors of Squaredy Cats.

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Geek Pride Day!

If you are proud of your geekdom, tell us what you geek out about? We'd love to hear it. We think we're geeks sometimes, but other times we feel like we're not geeky enough!

This cat was designed as our "not squared to be a nerd" cat, but it still makes sense. We've updated her with pigtails and a cute bow. She's a geek. We're all geeks! :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

May the 4th is Star Wars Day :)

May the 4th be with you! Always :)

Star Wars characters as Squaredy Cats. Apologies to George Lucas and Lucasfilm. Used in admiration and parody only. No commercial intention or purpose.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hello to all the dragons!

Welcome to the new year — the Year of the Dragon!
We hope you like our Squaredy Cat dressed as a dragon :)

Happy Chinese New Year!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit

2011 was the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese calendar. Before we wish everyone luck and happiness for the new year (Year of the Dragon), we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone we've met (including new fans) in 2011. Without you Squaredy Cats would just be like a silly rabbit. Instead we bounded through 2011, hopping along at insane bunny speed!

Goodbye, year of the rabbit. See you again in twelve years :)

To celebrate the new year we'll be designing all 12 of the Chinese New Year animals...