Living: Those Catty Cartoonists

When confronted with one of his father's drawings, Alex W Davis, 2, pointed and said, "Snoopy." Although he failed to identify the fat and sassy Garfield, the toddler was eerily on target in another respect. His dad, Jim Davis, 36, who created Garfield, always dreamed of becoming the next Charles Schulz. Davis wanted to pen a cartoon animal as captivating and popular as Schulz's canine flying ace and his pals in the Peanuts comic strip. That fantasy is fast approaching fact.

Currently, some 250 books about cats are offered by publishers, but four cartoonists—not...