Jon disapproves of Garfield's "don't care, not interested", attitude, and often encourages his pet to take an interest in the world around him, sometimes stating an interesting fact, or asking a philosophical question in an attempt to prompt Garfield into thought, Garfield tends to brush this off with a simple, yet logical remark, and despite the trouble Garfield causes, Jon has a heart of gold and is very tolerant of Garfield's shortcomings, a fact which Garfield often takes advantage of. Garfield is an American comic strip created by Jim Davis. Weird, but thank you for pointing it out, Mr. Tron. It even happens to our favorite comic characters. This is very old, and no, he didn't die.

Ryan's Tumbleweeds, he created the comic strip Gnorm Gnat, which ran only in the Pendleton Times of Pendleton, Indiana from 1972 to 1975 and met with little success.

My theory is that he's been dead for years, and that you're laughing at the high jinks of a deranged feline spirit wandering throughout limbo. To manage the merchandise, Davis founded Paws, Inc.[11] In 1982 the strip was appearing in more than 1,000 newspapers.[18].

I moved to Garfield when I got bored of Peanuts. Originally published locally as Jon in 1976, then in nationwide syndication from 1978 as Garfield, it chronicles the life of the title character, Garfield the cat; Jon Arbuckle, his human owner; and Odie, the dog. I wanted to scare people. "[17], Garfield quickly became a commercial success. This article reminds me of a Garfield animation called "The Nine Lives of Garfield." Ultimately, Jon's job has been referenced far more frequently in Garfield animated series than in the strip. Another particular theme is "National Fat Week", where Garfield spends the week making fun of skinny people. As of 2013, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.[1]. We carried out the concept to its logical conclusion and got a lot of responses from readers. He felt that dogs were doing well, but noticed no prominent cats. Thus was created the character of Garfield.[6]. Harvey and other original material, and was released in July 2016 for the San Diego Comic-Con. This started happening after his sixth birthday. [1][11], The Garfield Sunday strip was launched on June 25, 1978;[12] it was available only at a third-page size until March 22, 1981. As of 2013, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Liz: Look, jerk. Garfield: Big Fat Hairy Deal is a 1987 video game for the Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and the Amiga based on the comic strip.

I guess the fact that something I'd loved my whole life had taken a turn into the dark side bothered me more than I thought it would.

However, before his 29th birthday, Liz put Garfield on a diet. Going a week without food is certainly survivable, especially if you have massive fat stores to fall back upon. [58] The book includes an essay by author R.C. It holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip of all time and has been running continuously for over 40 years. December 11, 1978: (Garfield sheds for the first time, and the start of storyline about Garfield shedding.) [66] However, in the feature film Garfield Gets Real and its sequels, Garfield and the other animals save for Odie are able to talk to, and be understood by, Jon and the other humans. (UFS did, however, allow Davis to use the format for his later U.S. How could a cat continue to live that long, let alone take that long to die of starvation. [29] Some examples date from 2006. Davis figured he could create a cat star, having grown up on a farm with twenty-five cats. In 1994, the company purchased all rights to the Garfield comic strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature Syndicate. Jim Davis came up with the concept of putting our favorite lasagna-loving, Monday-hatin’ lazy cat (and, by extension, his readers) face-to-face with one of the realities of death: the fear of being alone after the passing of a loved one. I'm seeing alot of people use both on this site. Why, being alone. In agreement with Paws, Boom! Before, he had dates with many odd characters, whereas now, he exclusively dates Liz. If you pick up a paperback reprint of garfield strips you can read 3 or 4 years worth of comics in just a single day, at that rate it'd only take around a week to cover all of garfield. Not to mention furthering interest in a 40-year old comic. Garfield seems to take both enormous pride and excess zeal in doing whatever it takes to harass her, to the point the she even erects an electric fence (which of course, does not stop him). [54] A ROM image of the game was however released with Jim Davis' blessing.[54]. On other occasions, the couple receives a different waiter, such as a large ogre-like man who intimidates Jon when he is about to report a complaint about the food. "Newswatch: Garfield Hits 1000th Newspaper". All of us have a fear of being all alone, whether we admit it or not, and it seems like that's what Davis was trying to tap into. Consider that Jon, according to Garfield canon, cannot hear his cat's thoughts. And while this is all well and good for mature comic books, it’s not really something you’d expect from lighter, more casual comic strips: heck, no one wants to read a Dilbert comic about their views on the afterlife, or a Marmaduke strip where the character put him down. I've hated Garfield, he's a ripoff of Heathcliff.

She has a somewhat deadpan, sardonic persona and almost always reacts negatively to Jon's outlandish and goofball behavior but can even find it endearing on occasion. There is a comic strip where Jon's brother Doc Boy is watching two socks in the dryer spinning and Doc Boy calls it entertainment. Nice article. Who knew Jim Davis had a little David Lynch in him. When I first heard of this, for some reason it hit me to the bone.

[93] It depicts Garfield awakening in a future in which the house is abandoned and he no longer exists. The volume retains Davis as author and features a foreword by Walsh.[32].

In August 2019, Davis sold Paws, Inc. to Viacom, who has placed Garfield under the Nickelodeon banner. Garfield is also shown to manipulate people to get whatever he wants. Remember when Superman died? On May 24, 2016, it was announced that Alcon Entertainment will develop a new CG animated Garfield movie with John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner ready to produce[50][51] and to be directed by Mark Dindal, director of Cats Don't Dance, The Emperor's New Groove and Chicken Little. Yes, he did not die. Other gags focus 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 tries getting a date with her mother and grandmother; he ended up getting "shot down by three generations"). When the first few strips came out, many long-time Garfield fans were confused: is Jim Davis gearing up towards a finale where our favorite feline is just…dead?

From 1982 to 1991, twelve primetime Garfield cartoon specials and one hour-long primetime documentary celebrating the character's 10th anniversary were aired; Lorenzo Music voiced Garfield in all of them. This is his story". The comics start with Garfield waking up to an empty household. After this realization, the comic switches back to ‘normal’ reality, but fans theorize that Garfield’s denial of reality is so strong that every comic beyond October 28, 1989, are, in fact, wild hallucinations of a cat close to death, driven mad by isolation, starvation, and of course, loneliness. For most of Garfield's history, being hit with a pie has inevitably resulted in the onomatopoeia "splut", hence the name. In each segment he is living a different life, nine each. Jon's parents have twice visited Jon, Garfield, and Odie in the city. Though he will eat nearly anything (with the exception of raisins and spinach), Garfield is particularly fond of lasagna; he also enjoys eating Jon's houseplants and other pets (mainly birds and fish). One particular semi-recurring storyline features Jon and Liz on a date in a restaurant.