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How Much Space Does Garfield Take Up?

  • Sep 21, 2006
Pros: Hahahaha

Cons: My book isn't in prime shape anymore.

The Bottom Line: Don't ask me how I ended up with #28 and #20.

Garfield, the fabulous fat cat who downs lasagna in a single gulp, kills spiders with creative flair, loves his teddy bear Pooky, and hassles his owner Jon and the dog Odie. Created by Jim Davis and showcased in countless newspaper funnies. Garfield has even had his own balloon in Macy’s parades. Good deal.

This is his 20th book; the 20th collection of comics featuring the orange and black cat with the bowling ball tummy and whose teeth can go from square to pointy sharp depending upon how Garfield is feeling at the time Davis draws him. That’s one of my favorite strips in this book.

Again, there’s no color in this little book, but you do get to see full short stories played out within a few pages as opposed to having to buy the paper day after day to see what happens. Much desired, I must say, especially when those little stories deal with Jon and Garfield both going on a diet, a visit to the family farm, and Christmas with Garfield. Some sets aren’t so much tiny stories as just a groupings of similar situations that are all funny on their own, i.e. spider killing, dealings with Pooky, and his attempts at looking slimmer.

Davis’s skills at drawing are great. I’ve always enjoyed someone who puts in plenty of detail. I think my favorite thing is the facial expressions the characters get. Without those, these strips wouldn’t be half as funny. Some of them don’t even need dialogue, actually, such as when Garfield decides to make a snowman and fails to notice he’s rolled Odie into his ball of snow, leading to a snowman with doggy ears and tongue.

There’s nothing to lose at swiping up a few Garfield comics. It’s been fun to read them after so many years of them sitting on my shelf getting semi-dusty. But it’s time for lunch – maybe I’ll have everything in the fridge. I’ll leave you with a few phrases from a strip:

Jon: “Hey, Garfield! We’re going to the farm today!”
Garfield: “Well, shut my mouth and paint me red! Well, shoot the horse and slap me silly!”
Jon: “Now cut that out.”
Garfield: “Well, stomp on frogs and shove a crowbar up my nose!”

I still say that last line to this day (and it weirds people out, which makes it even better).


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ISBN-13: 978-0345491787
Author: Jim Davis
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: April 27, 2010
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