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The End of Laughter

We all love dumping on Jim Davis. Garfield hasn't been funny in, well, ever, and his career is the Platonic form of selling out. Even when I was twelve years old and going through Garfield books like mad, I never remember finding it more than clever and familiar; Garfield was one of the first cartoons I remember enjoying in America. However, in 1989, Jim Davis did something really strange one October week. He had Garfield wake up in an abandoned house, alone and afraid. Reading some comments on the strips, there's a few individuals who say that he is haunting the old house. Others think it's a sad Rip Van Winkle-type situation. Either way, it's not one-liners about lasagna and Mondays. Plus, check at that eye in the first panel of the last comic and the Twilight Zone-style ending narration. I read this as nothing less than the last hurrah of Jim Davis' soul before he exchanged it for a pile of money the size of my apartment.

(Then again, he did give his personal blessing to the bleak and surreal garfield minus garfield so who knows what's going on in his head)

Co. Mind=Blown!

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  1. Weird! Like you, Yakov, I flipped through Garfield books in elementary school … but my heart belonged to Calvin and Hobbes :) That was humor and mischief I could get behind.

    I’d like to add another possible interpretation to the above strip: that Garfield in fact died in 1989 and the comic since then is limbo, which would explain the repetition and dullness. Maybe Garfield’s pulling a Bruce Willis and is in fact dead.

  2. Tomorrow’s (or the day after, depending on whether I’ve got the time) post is going to be on Calvin and Hobbes! I think my C+H books are some of my most treasured items from childhood.

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