My Cage is King Features' first Japanese-style, manga-inspired comic strip. Co-created by Melissa DeJesus, a well-known and highly respected manga graphic novelist, and her writing partner Ed Power, My Cage chronicles the life of Norman, a young 20-something platypus. Norman also wanted to be a world-famous writer, but he has found himself stuck in a less than fulfilling middle-management job that pays the bills but eats away a little more of his soul each day.
Norm always expected to have a creative job that gave him some type of fulfillment and is stunned to be surrounded by people who feel that a job is just a paycheck and are satisfied with that notion. This concept is alien to Norm, and thus alienates him from his co-workers a lot of the time. Norm's saving graces are his sweet girlfriend Bridget, his lovable pet amoeba Squishy, and a few oddball co-workers, who amuse him through the tedium of each eight-hour work day.
The strip's name is a parody of the monolithic "My Space" social networking site and is comprised of daily vignettes that explore the trials and tribulations of an inner circle of anthropomorphized animals. Most of whom are in their twenties and thirties.
Described by Power as "a comic strip for everyone who gets up earlier than they want to, puts on clothes they wouldn't normally wear, and drives in traffic to a place they don't want to be five days a week, so they can have the money to do the things they enjoy the remaining two days (provided they're not too tired)," My Cage will resonate with young people, manga fans, college students and recent graduates who have entered the workforce.
Manga, which literally is defined as "comics" and "random (or whimsical) pictures" in Japanese, is a multi-billion dollar global market that is enjoyed worldwide by comics fans of all age groups, especially younger readers.