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Arbuckle is an awkward, perennial bachelor; Odie, a clumsy, good-natured, and not too intelligent drooler; and Garfield, of course, is the lazy, lasagne loving feline and a bit of a curmudgeon. 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. (I don’t know if this technically qualifies, since Garfield is not in an asylum. He’s been abandoned – and not only abandoned, but abandoned for years, lost beyond all hope of recovery. That appears to be what happens to Garfield…. In Garfield’s Twentieth Anniversary collection, Jim Davis talks about the idea behind the strips, where he says:“During a writing session for Halloween week, I got the idea for this decidedly different series of strips. This 1993 strip has Garfield having a nightmare about being gobbled up by an extremely Uncanny Valley-looking couch.
No Odie to annoy him, no Jon for him to annoy. OR… more disturbingly, and thus more compellingly, Garfield really is in some sort of parallel world, and it drives him insane. murdered by an evil version of Captain America, wild hallucinations of a cat close to death, SEO Can Save a Struggling Business during the COVID-19 Pandemic, No More Mondays: The Story Behind The “Last” Garfield Comic, Poppy Northcutt: The Woman Who Took Us to the Stars, The Bike Blue Book: Calculating Your Motorcycle’s Worth. Get email-only exclusives from Overthinking It right in your inbox. Episode 313: If Gritty Has His Way, Everyone Will Be Upsot, Episode 646: Grind, Temperature, and Time, Episode 644: It’s About On Par with Hamlet… Bad Hamlet, Episode 643: Broadly Speaking, Bouffon Clowning. This is based on opinion. Has Garfield been relegated to the past tense before he could have one last lasagna? If you want to believe Option B, note that Jon isn’t waking Garfield up in bed.
Well, let’s keep in mind that Cuckoo Nest wasn’t exactly his invention (it appeared in The Twilight Zone, and even The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (which is also a possible inspiration for the drawing style of these strips)). Martin is a tech geek, an investor, and a gamer. 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. Rod Serling: "Indiana, 1989.
But no one could have expected what Monday would bring…. I promise, the comics you are about to read are completely real. This ambiguous ending resulted in a lot of people hypothesizing that every single strip after this one takes place in Garfield’s feverish imagination, as he slowly starves to death alone. Garfield Minus Garfield (also known as Jon Arbuckle) is a webcomic created by Dan Walsh, a technology manager from Dublin, Ireland, which received considerable attention during 2008. Matthew Belinkie is a freelance video editor and producer based in New York City. When he formed Intercom Media, he made the easy decision of leaving his 9-5 job and working full-time on transforming his once one-man blog into what it is now. None of these, of course, are canon: originally released in 1976 as Jon for the Pendleton Times, with United Feature Syndicate distributing it nationally as Garfield in 1978, the comic strip is now syndicated in over 2,500 newspapers and journals both in the country and around the world. © 2019 Intercom Media. Each strip consists of a reprint of a past episode from the comic strip Garfield, from which all the characters except Garfield's owner Jon Arbuckle have been removed through photo manipulation. It’s surprisingly deep of Davis to acknowledge that Garfield’s deepest fear isn’t a lasagna shortage, but the absence of the people he often heaps abuse upon. Judging by this explanation, this particular run of Garfield was meant to be a commentary on a common, human fear, and while it was dark and gritty in execution, it ended with a beautiful reunion between Garfield and his family. His idyllic life of food and sloth is about to be turned inside out, for he is about to enter...The Twilight Zone." 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. Sometimes, this is resolved when it turns out the insane asylum thing was just a ruse by their enemies. Davis is clearly trying to do a Halloween storyline, so that’s a partial explanation.