* WHY CAN JON SEE WHAT GARFIELD THINKS?!
** Because he can't read minds?
** He can't. What are you talking about? He usually only gets the gist from Garfield's gestures.
*** Sometimes he doesn't even gesture, though. He's just lying, standing, or sitting there.
** Perhaps Davis occasionally writes strips without realizing that they only make sense if Garfield was actually speaking his thoughts. Any time he counters with a strip specifically stating that Garfield doesn't talk, he's reminding himself more than us.
** There was at least one strip where Garfield thought something, and in the same panel Jon shouted from outside the frame "I heard that!" Quite spooky. While that is by far one of the best examples of their communication, that's not the only time Jon's said things that would have only made sense if he could see what Garfield was thinking - during the whole of the 1980s and the early 1990s especially, he and Garfield would have loads of interactions that implied that Jon can hear Garfield.
** Perhaps the most explicit example of this happening is [[http://garfield.dale.ro/ga860520.gif this strip.]]
--->'''Old Lady:''' Okay, you have me. Do with me what you will.
--->'''Garfield:''' Let's kill her.
--->'''Jon:''' Shut up, Garfield.
** The implication is just that Jon knows his cat well enough to know exactly what he's thinking. An early strip had Jon respond to Garfield's thought-bubble quip with "I get the distinct feeling I've just been zinged", and it's just grown from there, to the point that Jon seems like he can "hear" Garfield's thoughts when he's really just making very good guesses. Sort of like a real-time version of TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat.
** Because the strip has NoFourthWall? Come on. The fourth wall was gone on the first day.
** It was stated in [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090815.gif this strip]] that Jon can't hear Garfield, yet strips [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2003/ga031125.gif like]] [[http://cdn.svcs.c2.uclick.com/c2/1a3541702e23012ea5cb00163e41dd5b these]] clearly show Jon hearing Garfield. Therefore, the rule seems to be that Jon can only hear Garfield when it's funny for Jon to hear Garfield.
** What if Jon can actually see Garfield's thought bubbles? Considering how [[MediumAwareness self aware]] they are (or used to be), it's not unlikely that in the world of newspaper comics, people can see thought bubbles. Except sometimes Jon gets lazy and can't be bothered to read it, which is why he can't always hear Garfield.
** There are even cases where Jon prompts Garfield for his thoughts, which only makes sense if Jon knows what he's thinking.
* What happened to the older, funny Garfield? "NostalgiaFilter" aside, Garfield, the character and the strip itself: were really different in prior years. Nowadays, Jon is sometimes described as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} but before, ''Garfield'' was the Cloudcuckoolander, ''Jon'' was the StraightMan. At first Garfield was just doing those crazy things cats do, but later on he got more of an imagination. He would take on alter egos such as The Caped Avenger, Banana Man, Amoeba Man, etc. He would dress up in fruit or pretend to be a sumo wrestler. And there were so many more sight gags back then than there are now. Sometime after [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends the animated version]] ended, it started becoming what it is today: a bland comic about a cat insulting his pathetic owner and nothing more. The reason ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'' and other variations on the theme work is because Jon became the entertaining one. So why and how did this happen? Did Jim Davis think that after ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' ended that kids wouldn't be interested in the title character anymore, so he stopped making him interesting? Or did he just run out of ideas? Sure, it's a strip that was just made to make money... but it '''was''' much, much more clever once.
** It's because Jim Davis can get away with it. At first, he had to really work to make money off of Garfield, meaning he actually had to put great jokes in. After ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' was made, he realised that he had a CashCowFranchise that won't die, so he can chuck in whatever crap he likes. Jim Davis was in it for the money, and he got it.
** To be fair, Jon shows occasional bouts of competency nowadays, and Garfield still has a foiled plan now and then (though much more rarely than in the past).
** Perhaps Davis began to run out of ideas after awhile and fell into a rut. Again, the earlier comics were ''much'' funnier and the newer ones almost seem downright cruel at times.
*** It definitely got worse around the turn of the century.
** Some fans have incorrectly thought that Jim Davis died and somebody else took over writing it! Admittedly, he retired from drawing the strip around the 90's and handed it over to assistants at PAWS inc, but he's still currently alive.
** Here's an overly-detailed theory: Garfield's current age is more than twice the normal lifespan of his species. As such, he has aged to the point that he can no longer physically partake in - or even complete the mental processes required to dream up - the wacky escapades he used to put on. In his impaired physical and mental state, he is no longer capable of doing very much beyond eating, sleeping, and degrading others. Jon, on the other hand, has spent so many years in isolation and endured so much mental anguish from repeated failures to engage in social affairs with members of the opposite sex that his sanity has gradually slipped away, taking with it his basic knowledge and perception of the world around him (hence his incompetence at daily tasks and utter lack of good judgment). This could be why Garfield has become the StraightMan and Jon is now the CloudCuckoolander. If you want to think about it on a deep level, that is...
** Additionally, Jim Davis got much much older. He was 33 when he began the strip but now is 65.
* What's been up with Garfield and Arlene lately? They seemed to be something of BelligerentSexualTension when Arlene was a regular, but after [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1999/03/14/ this strip]], she didn't appear for ''nine years'', and when she finally returned, Garfield actually seems to deny that she's his girlfriend! The sad thing is, before she was (inadvertently?) written out, they [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1993/02/27/ actually]] [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1995/05/07/ seemed]] [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1997/01/12/ like]] an OfficialCouple! What the heck, Jim Davis? Garfield and Arlene should be the OfficialCouple, not Jon and Liz!
** He found [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Penelope]]? Less likely to sass him and more likely to give him a large Italian dinner? The choice is obvious.
*** Thank God for separate continuity. But there used to be an indication that underneath Garfield and Arlene's jerk/tsundre BelligerentSexualTension they really [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther did care]] ([[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1984/04/08/ yes, even Garfield]]).
** She still shows up in some of the newer animated specials as his love interest. Doesn't explain her absence in the strip, though...
** Great examples of Arlene and Garfield as a couple are seen in Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Funfest, and Garfield's Pet Force. Jim Davis is finally admitting that they work together as a couple, with their scenes together being the highlight of these movies for shippers. The first one especially centered around how much Arlene cares for Garfield, and that and the latter two show how much Garfield is willing to actually sacrifice for Arlene. Garfield's Judgement Day, where Garfield heroically faces down a tornado for Arlene's sake, is another classic.
* ''What happened to Lyman?!'' The only hint from Davis is "Don't look in Jon's basement". Great, even the author suspects foul play...
** According to a game on the Garfield Website, he's in chains in the basement of a haunted house.
** Lyman's role in the strip was to be someone Jon could talk to and express other ideas, but that role was increasingly taken over by Garfield.
** Except Jon ''can't'' talk to Garfield. John knows Garfield's personality enough to get the gist of what Garfield is thinking, but he still can't talk with him, for conversation is a two-way street that they don't have.
** So perhaps Lyman got written off simply because Davis ran out of ideas involving him.
** There's a theory that Lyman moved away and couldn't take Odie with him, so Odie stayed with Jon. As for the meta reason, having Lyman around as a roommate meant that most of Jon's interactions would've been with him, and Garfield's role as the title character would've been overshadowed. Though in the TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot department, a storyline where the focus is on Jon and Lyman's lives as post-college roommates in TheEighties, and Garfield's just a secondary character could make a great ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''-style webcomic.
** There was a budget computer game where Lyman's head could be found in a fridge in Jon's basement.
** When Lyman was in the strip, some people interpreted Jon and Lyman as a gay couple.
*** [[WildMassGuessing OMG LYMAN DIED OF TEH AIDS!!!!11oneone]]
*** Shouldn't Jon die too, then? One can only hope...
*** Maybe Lyman and Jon simply broke up, and Lyman stood in the doorway, a dejected broken man, and growled to Jon "Keep the dog, slut." and stormed out of that home for the last time.
*** Not surprising; people will interpret anyone as being gay.
** Check out the storyline in Mayberry Melonpool for a bizarre kind of mass guess, wherein Lyman was cast as Calvin's Uncle Max, then booted into discontinuity along with Opus the Penguin, Calvin, Melonpool himself, and the kid from the Far Side.
** This is based off of a Cracked article, but apparently the last strip Lyman appeared in, he was being drafted by the army. It was kind of implicit he died at the war. At least for the author of the article.
*** A few problems with that theory: (1) If there had been a strip like that, then people wouldn't have wondered what happened to Lyman all these years. In fact, Lyman's last regular appearance didn't indicate that he was leaving or going anywhere else. (2) There hasn't been a military draft in the U.S. since before the strip started. (3) The Cracked article said that Jim Davis said (not in the strip) that Lyman joined the Peace Corps, not the army, but even that isn't canon.
** If ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' is canon, Lyman gave Odie to Jon and left to become a photographer, and he's been in Australia ever since then.
* Why does Garfield hate Mondays? Garfield doesn't work. He doesn't have a nine-to-five job. To him, a parasite unto society, it should merely be another day.
** [[RuleOfFunny Because it's funny.]]
** [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Watsonian explanation]]: In the first few strips with that phrase he seems to be just saying that because he's a grumpy, snarky cat, but later strips show that Monday is actually ''out to get him''. Preferably with a [[PieInTheFace SPLUT!]] (It should be noted that one early strip actually had Garfield saying he ''likes'' Mondays because he doesn't have to work. [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Characterization marched on, and that one moment was never spoken of again.]])
*** There was one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' that actually showed Monday coming alive and attacking him or something.
*** Another strange thing, seen here: [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/?s=monday here]] Garfield was firmly anti-Monday before suddenly doing a 180 and liking Mondays one week, and then finally doing another 180 and hating them for the rest of his life.
*** There's a theory (see WMG) that he [[TemptingFate tempted fate]] with his declaration, so now the day specifically targets him.
** [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist explanation]]: He hates Mondays because the majority of people hate Mondays. Think whatever you like about Jim Davis, but he is no idiot; the main character of your comic strip, a ''cat'' no less, expressing pretty much what the disgruntled readers are thinking that horrid one day every week? [[MerchandiseDriven Hell yeah people are gonna want to buy a coffee mug with that on it]]. [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Of course, this was more effective back in]] TheEighties [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny , when Garfield's type of attitude was still brand-new to the funny pages.]]
** One comic had Jon ask this very question of Garfield. The answer was "Sympathy pains."
*** But of course, if that's true, it would be the only example of [[JerkAss Garfield]] feeling sympathy for someone else's pain...
* Where do the stripes on Garfield's legs go when he stands up?
* Why doesn't he walk on all four anymore? [[PunctuatedForEmphasis HE! IS! A! CAT!]]
** He really should only walk on two legs when it's absolutely necessary especially as jokes can work whether he's on four legs or two legs. His bipedal behavior can be justified when he's fantasizing, though it's less and less common to see the Caped Avenger. Hopefully we get to see a quadrupedal Garfield in the comics soon!
** CharlesSchulz actually showed JimDavis how to get more expression out of Garfield by making him walk on two legs. I don't think you can blame the creator of [[{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]] for anything, really.
** Garfield on two legs has been going on so long, it's stopped being bothersome for many fans. The more recent instance of ''Odie''! on two legs is disturbing, largely because he still has a quadrupedal body shape.
* This isn't about the strip itself, but why do the {{DVD}}s of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' use the international prints of the show, where ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' is known as ''Orson's Farm''?
** Probably so that the Spanish dub would match up. ''My'' beef with this is that the international version doesn't include the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnAFA23eEM8 third theme song]]. Don't get me wrong; I don't ''like'' it, but I'm one of those collector types and wish it had been on there for completion's sake. At least they kept [[CouchGag Garfield's quotations]] intact.
* How has Jon not gotten rid of Garfield yet? He's a JerkAss to him and Odie, steals Jon's meals, eats Jon's goldfish and birds, publicly humiliates Jon numerous times, and yet Jon thinks of him as his 'pal'. If Jon gave Garfield away, his life would be so much better!
** Probably because Jon still loves him despite it, as shown that whenever they're separated, Jon ends up missing Garfield. Also, even with Liz as his girlfriend now, he's pretty lonely in general (Liz doesn't live with him quite yet) and Jon often commiserates with Garfield or does things with him that he probably wouldn't do with Odie. Not to mention, realistically, if a surly, elderly cat like Garfield was sent to a shelter, he would have an extremely little chance of being adopted, and Jon may be aware of that and doesn't want to leave Garfield to that kind of fate, since he has shown that he loves Garfield and would probably feel very guilty if he did something like that.
*** Because Liz would dump his ass in a heartbeat.
*** Liz is a veterinarian. Before Jon and Liz started going steady (as opposed to the occasional disastrous dates he would have with any woman), Garfield was his ticket to seeing her on a regular basis and his opportunity to hit on her as well as ask her out. Get rid of Garfield before then, and he gets rid of his ticket. Why he keeps Garfield ''now'', though...
* On a related note, why are they still living in that house? Every time they pull the 'Garfield's a lousy mouser' gag, the house is littered with these huge rats that get into every nook and cranny of the house. Same with the spiders. Move somewhere where there isn't so much vermin running around, Jon!
** A few strips had Garfield regulating what the mice do, like when one put in a bay window, or when they ran down John's car battery. Garfield probably keeps the mice out of sight enough that he gets away with it. The spiders probably hide enough that Jon doesn't notice.
* Why does everyone hate on the "We're ''bachelors'', baby" strips so much? It's a.) not the first time he's done variations on the same gag in one week, and b.) only been used 8 times overall.
* Garfield is shown killing spiders because they annoy him, or simply for fun. The spiders are portrayed just as intelligent and human-like as him. This basically makes him a sadistic mass murderer. Now dark humour is [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1986/ga860824.gif nothing new]], however the comic also portrays Garfield as an essentially nice person, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold if you will. How are these two aspects reconcilable?
** Remember the nature of your average housecat. Domesticated cats are among the only animals that kill simply because they get bored. Housecats kill for fun, ask any cat owner. The 'Killer Rabbit' page even confirms this. Garfield's actions in this regard are a touch of realism.
** He's not killing the spiders. He's just squishing them. There have been a lot of strips showing the squished spiders still conscious. Hell, one showed the spiders have hospitals.
** True, spiders often survive being squished, but sometimes they unquestionably die. Like in the above strip or the long dead spiders mentioned in [[https://garfield.com/comic/1999/02/07 this one]].
** Probably the same reason that you would swat a fly, mosquito, or hell, a spider if you saw one whether it was bugging you or not; while you (hopefully) wouldn't kill most animals or human beings even if they were annoying the hell out of you. It's socially acceptable to kill pests.
*** Insects don't understand English or any foreign language, though. Important difference.
* The strip on [[http://garfield.com/comic/2011-07-25 July 25, 2011]] is exactly same the [[http://garfield.com/comic/2009-11-09 November 9, 2009]] one. Not similar, but exactly the same, word-to-word. Making a joke that he already made once years ago when he's out of ideas, I can uderstand. But giving us the exact same strip... what does this guy take us for, idiots?
** I had to look this up for myself and wow, just wow. For better or worse, though, Jim Davis hasn't drawn the finished strips himself for a long time. He writes and sketches them, but then they're sent to other artists for the inking, lettering and coloring. In this case, since literally the only thing that's different is the coloring, I'd guess that an old strip got sent out for color processing by mistake. Still not much better, but it reveals more about the strip's own creative process than what he thinks about the readers.
*** The really bizarre thing is that they aren't identical. The dialogue is the same but look at certain details, like in the 2011 strip, Irma is holding a coffee pot, but not in the 2009 strip. In the 2009 strip Garfield is sitting next to Jon and Jon is looking at Irma, but in the 2011 strip he is out of frame and Jon is looking towards where he would be. 2011: Irma adjusts her glasses while looking at Garfield; 2009: she doesn't. In fact, everything about Irma is drawn differently. Davis clearly redrew the strip, so what doesn't make sense is why the dialogue is exactly the same.
** This has happened before as far back as the 80s. [[http://garfield.com/comic/1983-12-12 December 12th, 1982]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1984-08-06 August 6th, 1984]]. Also, [[http://garfield.com/comic/1982-04-07 April 7th, 1982]] and [[http://garfield.com/comic/1986-03-20 March 20th, 1986]].
*** There's a difference between the same joke being used in different strips and the same strip being published twice.
* This one's about the website: why did they change the format for accessing comic strips. "The Vault" was very reliable, and the picture made it look fun to go to. The "Comic Archive" they have now looks boring, and to change the date to something completely different takes a LOT of clicking on the arrows. Why didn't they just keep the old format?
** Dunno about you, but I like the new format. It's a lot simpler and easier to navigate through.
* Why is Garfield listed as a KarmaHoudini? While he frequently does awful things without direct consequences, the suffering that follows him (especially on Mondays, or when he does a dumb thing, but on many other occasions as well), plus the fact that he does not always win, even when dealing with Jon, should imply that Karma hunts him; he is just quicker about doing the bad deeds than Karma is about paying him back.
** Because of the assumption that protagonists who do bad things ''must'' be Karma Houdinis unless they're explicitly pointed out as not being so.
* What exactly is a [[http://www.listen-project.de/garfield/index.php?date=24.06.1978&x=4&y=7 catburger?]] Is it a hamburger specifically meant for cats? Or, is Platypus Comix's theory correct, [[FatteningTheVictim meaning Jon may be fattening up Garfield all these years to make a hearty meal on the grill?]]
** [[http://battle-cats.wikia.com/wiki/Catburger_(Special_Cat) This is what a Catburger looks like.]]
* Is the song [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850630.gif featured in this strip]] a real song, or was it just made up?
** Probably made up. A quick lyric search doesn't find anything relevant except this comic itself. Besides, using a real song would force Davis and Co. to pay its artist for use.
* Cat who eats anything, with few exceptions, and in exaggeratedly great quantities. Refrigerator that commonly has leftovers dating back to before the invention of the icebox, occasionally having evolved the ability to move and possibly vocalize. These occupy the same house... how?
** Can it really be considered food at that point? As for how it got there, maybe Lyman left it behind.
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