Did Garfield (the cat, comic) die?

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  1. Kickback

    Kickback Proud father Administrator Super Mod News Staff

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    Came across this YTMND this morning, which got me looking stuff up.

    http://garfieldisdead.ytmnd.com/

    For a week back in 1989, the Garfield strips that ran in the newspaper were hardly funny, in fact, they were depressing and overly sad. The links are as follows:

    http://www.garfield.com/comics/comics_archives_strip.html?1989-ga891023
    http://www.garfield.com/comics/comics_archives_strip.html?1989-ga891024
    http://www.garfield.com/comics/comics_archives_strip.html?1989-ga891025
    http://www.garfield.com/comics/comics_archives_strip.html?1989-ga891026
    http://www.garfield.com/comics/comics_archives_strip.html?1989-ga891027
    http://www.garfield.com/comics/comics_archives_strip.html?1989-ga891028

    According to Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield

    The things that get me the most? As a writer and as someone familiar with how comics are written, when you specificy a word to be by itself in a box, you're emphasising the hell out of that word. The word that they chose here was "Denial" ... in which Garfield's eyes are closed. When he opens them again, he's magically in front of Jon and Odie. Is Garfield actually in a state of denial? Is everything from that day forward completely untrue?

    November 2nd and 3rd strips have Jon talking about Garfield living on the streets if it wasn't for him. The cartoon showed Garfield's family as stray cats. Is it possible Garfield was just having a flashback like Wikipedia suggests as one possible solution?

    Or was this some sort of set-up for Davis to end the strip back in the late 80's? Imagine firing off a real ending to Garfield by having it turn out his own gluttony is a perception of his imagination, and that he's actually a starving animal in an abandoned house, who, with the end of the story, is rescued.

    By a guy named Jon.

    EDIT:

    http://garfieldisntdead.ytmnd.com/

    It's a poor attempt to try and explain the thing. The term "horrifying vision" isn't describing what Garfield is seeing, but it's vague, as it describes "time".
     
  2. MegaMoonMan

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    That's kinda creepy, but I doubt it's anything more than a halloween bit.
     
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    Whats probably more shocking for people who have only been reading Garfield for the last 10 years or so is the fact that somebody actually used to write the strip.
     
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    you know Ill be honest thats UBER creepy

    but I seen even creepier stuff
     
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    hmm. i sorta remember reading this back then...

    gah. too much thinking to be associated with garfield.
     
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    Hmm, good strips. I don;t think they're meant to be quite as dark as 'he's dead/dying'. I go with the idea that it simply was a vision of a possible future. Though the 'denial' bit is kinds odd in the way they did it...
     
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    Yeah, I remember reading this when I was a kid, too. Never really thought of the ending as Garfield actually dead and hallucinating until now.
     
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    Kinda cruel if true. Maybe Jon just abandoned him.
     
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    Some people analyze things waaay too much.
     
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    I see it as a dream... Hell he dreams about talking food so why not have a nightmare about being alone..
     
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    Being a casual Garfield fan and seeing how people are discussing this, it leads me to one very important question:



    Is this how casual/non transformer fans see us?

    If so, I gotta get outta here.






    On topic though, it clearly says Garfield is having a vision of time. Later followed by the speech about imagination and how it can paint a terrifying future. The whole abandoned house was his imagination. Sheesh...
     
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    Wow, that is deep, I don't remember seeing anything like that in strip form, but I do remember seeing a similar storyline in one of the old school cartoons of his...

    anyone remember those?
     
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    So is Garfield now being written by M. Night Shaymalayannwwhatever?
     
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    Those are really cool strips. I loved Garfield as a kid, I need to get back into his strips:thumb 
     
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    Garfield has been lifeless to me since I was about 9, and eating piles of lasagna, making fun of his loser owner, and kicking the dog around no longer seemed funny anymore.

    -Tony!
    Still trying to figure out why he ever read 'Cathy.'
     
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    haha. i wonder would it have improved the recent garfield live action movie?

    nah.
     
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    There was the Garfield: His 9 Lives book form 84’ one of the stories in there was creepy too if I remember.
     
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    Just a reminder in case--they're from 1989. The comic ended up mostly repetitive afterwards but one thing of note recently is that Liz revealed that she was actually kinda attracted to Jon.

    After seeing that site I'm imagining that the final comic would be a Sunday strip, painted by Stephen Gammell or Arthur Suydam showing a paritally decomposing Garfield with the captions quoting the lyrics to The Doors' "The End" and reveal that everything since the 1989 comics was all in Garfield's head.

    And then the strip would be rebooted by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley or something.
     

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