The Return Of Garfield

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Those of you with a good memory may recall that we used to feature Garfield the Comic Strip each day on our blog. We stopped mainly because we were aware of the copyright implications of reproducing material which belongs to Jim Davis. However, if we are friendly about it – reproduce the copyright details, credit it all to Jim Davis and publish a link to Garfield’s website – then surely no one can seriously complain about anything. Especially as Garfield is syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals and is the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.

For those of you who have been living in a cave for the last thirty plus years, Garfield chronicles the life of Garfield the cat, his owner Jon and Jon’s dog, Odie. Although rarely mentioned in the comic strip, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis, according to the television special Happy Birthday, Garfield. Common themes in the strip include Garfield’s laziness, obsessive eating, and disdain of Mondays and diets. The strip’s focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie, but recurring minor characters appear as well.

Many of the gags focus on Garfield’s obsessive eating and obesity; his fear of spiders; his hate of Mondays, diets, and any form of exertion; his constant shedding (which constantly annoys Jon); and his abuse of Odie and Jon as well as his obsession with mailing Nermal to Abu Dhabi. Though he will eat nearly anything, Garfield is particularly fond of lasagna; he also enjoys eating Jon’s houseplants and other pets (mainly birds and fish). He also has odd relationships with household pests; Garfield generally spares mice, and even cooperates with them to cause mischief (much to Jon’s chagrin), but will readily swat or pound spiders flat. Other gags focused on Jon’s poor social skills and inability to get a date; before he started dating Liz, he often tried to get dates, usually without success (in one strip, after failing to get a date with “Nancy”, he tried getting a date with her mother and grandmother; he ended up getting “shot down by three generations”.) When he does get a date, it usually goes awry; Jon’s dates have slashed his tires, been tranquilized, and called the police when he stuck carrots in his ears. The storylines featuring Jon’s dates rarely appear now. Before, he had dates with many odd characters, whereas now, he exclusively dates Liz.

We are happy to see the return of Garfield today, we hope you enjoy him…

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A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!


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