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Garfield: Accidentally Relevant


This was today’s Garfield strip:

Jim Davis took to Facebook to claim that he did this strip without checking to see when it would be run, and that it’s purely a terrible coincidence that it ran on November 11. Whether you believe this (don’t comic strip artists normally create their strips with some indication of when they’ll run, just so they’ll get the Christmas strips on the right day?), it’s certainly livened up the reading of Garfield like nothing else since the creation of Garfield Minus Garfield.

I have to say, if it had been an intentional 11-11 strip, I would have considered it tasteless, but I wouldn’t necessarily have seen it as an insult to soldiers or to the day — it would have been more of an argument against glorifying war. Sort of like the classic Paddy Chayefsky movie The Americanization of Emily, where James Garner argues not that wars shouldn’t be fought, but that we shouldn’t talk about violent death as if it’s something to be celebrated. And that view is not entirely at odds with the purpose of Remembrance Day, which is a day of mourning as much as anything. But I guess that would have been too contentious a point for Garfield to make on purpose.

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Garfield: Accidentally Relevant

  1. Dulce et decorum et pro arachnidae mori.

  2. If people read more into the comic than Garfield's usual squashing of spiders, it's because the phrase struck home, and made people think.

  3. I searched quickly hoping I could find it, but I remember Scott Adams writing once about comics and how little control writers had over when their comic would be published. They have a vague sense of 3 months after submission (or whatever) but nothing concrete in the order of " if I submit today it will be published on X"

    That's what my frail human remembers about this topic. If anyone can point to more definitive answers, go nuts.

  4. I'm inclined to believe Davis. Veteran's Day isn't really something you plan for months in advance. It's a holiday/day of remembrance that falls in the middle of the week and if you don't work retail or food service there's a good chance you have the day off. Anyway, "Veteran's Day = National Stupid Day" would have been too alienating for Davis to do deliberately, so I'm pretty sure he didn't.

  5. Considering Jim Davis hasn't written or drawn a Garfield strip since about 1980, one of his ghosts is probably looking for work today.

    • That would be Jim Davis the actor who played Jock Ewing. Jim Davis the cartoonist is sstill alive and kicking.

  6. Cartoonists do produce strips sometimes a year in advance and will often make "holiday strips" that will be selected out for publication at the appropriate time. Unless it was specifically tagged as a Veteran's Day post, it was probably just a random selection. Personally, I see nothing wrong with it. This "negative reaction" is just one more example of prissy, PC, ACLU mentality.

    Oh, and Bryan, is that a conspiracy theory or are you just delusional?