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Comicstrip: Garfield

Garfield is a long-running (since June 19, 1978) newspaper comic, written by Jim Davis. It stars Garfield, a sarcastic cat famous for his laziness, gluttony, occasional spurts of evil and avoiding of karma; his owner, Jon Arbuckle, a cartoonist who dresses badly, cooks badly and was long a complete failure with females (until, 28 years later, the veterinarian Liz finally gave in); and Odie, a really dumb dog with a penchant for licking, and the only animal who doesn't have "thought speech".

The strip is the most (or second most) successful ever, generating much merchandise and multi-media projects including:

Jim Davis has stated that he created Garfield with the sole intention of making money. He decided to create a strip that would be popular with the masses, in order to be commercially successful. The fact that he succeeded says one of two things, depending on how cynical one is. On the other hand, at least he was willing to admit it.

Garfield's speech is completely internal, even in his animated version. Although it made animation much easier, fans wondered exactly how much Jon understood Garfield considering they couldn't actually hold a conversation. With that in mind, they started the trend of removing Garfield's dialogueor even Garfield altogether— from the comics. What results is a surreal trip into the mind of a very disturbed and lonely man, which is often considered funnier than the original strip, even by Jim Davis himself. And going one step even further, Square Root of Minus Garfield proves that True Art Is Incomprehensible — and hilarious.

Probably holds the distinction of being the comic strip that features the most tropes whilst not naming any.

The official website can be visited here, which also features a complete Garfield comic strip archive, as does GoComics.com.


This strip contains examples of:

(It promptly starts raining.)
Garfield: You said it!
Garfield: He's gonna say it!
Jon: *looks left*
Garfield: It wouldn't be Jon if he didn't say it!
Jon: *looks right*
Garfield: 3..2..1..
Jon: *looks left* What a long train.
Garfield: I knew it!
Jon: Well, there's a blizzard outside...
Garfield: Don't say it.
Jon: We're snowed in...
Garfield: Don't say it.
Jon: The cable tv has gone out...
Garfield: Don't say it.
Jon: And we're out of hot chocolate.
Garfield: Don't say it.
Jon: What else can go wrong? [lights go out]
Garfield: You said it.

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