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vtsquire
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So, we all know that wikipedia and photoshop can make a nice hoax when used in conjunction, and I've never seen anything about this until recently... so let's do some research!

garfield is dead

is THIS real?

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I faintly remember these. For what it's worth, I say real.

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Real, they are arcived on garfield.com:

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

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Wild Card
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The official word from Jim Davis regarding these strips is "I wanted to scare people. And what do people fear most? Why, being alone."

And, for the record, I like Garfield! [Razz]

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I despise Garfield. I think that it is one of the least funny, most worthless comics in print. Even the cartoon show was horrible.

As far as my opinion on the comics, they're very real, which has already been proven.

If you read that full Wikipedia article, though, it says that the next cartoon showed that it was a dream. So he wouldn't be "dead of starvation" regardless; he dreampt the whole thing.

Fictional "But I Wish He WAS Dead" Lie

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I remember getting into some trouble as a kid for watching the Hallowe'en TV special with my sister in the room. It really scared her. I have only the foggiest memory of those strips (the sort of memory where you can't really tell if you do remember it or just think you do), but I can definitely believe they're real.

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I also like garfield. I still get the comic everyday on my yahoo homepage.

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Dutch Angua
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I LOVE Garfield! He's so like my own kitty!

(Unfortunately...my love life resembles that of Jon's)

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Casey, thank you so much for posting the direct link to the strips.... the original YTMND post seems to be made for people with serious reading disabilities... seriously, does anyone in the world read that slowly?

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quote:
Originally posted by Wild Card:
The official word from Jim Davis regarding these strips is "I wanted to scare people. And what do people fear most? Why, being alone."

It's a wonder Jon's not suicidal, having struck out on dates for the last 30 years.

The strips would have been better if they'd centered on Jon instead of Garfield. At the end he'd realize that his cat and dog will always be there for him, unlike the women he tries to date.

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quote:
Originally posted by 1958Fury:
Casey, thank you so much for posting the direct link to the strips....

Psst ... that was ds_40.

And I can't say whether I think he's dead. I can say those strips, which I vaguely remember, are definitely weird. Quite existentialist.

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The first panel of this one was more unnerving than anything else about the whole segment. Creeeepy.

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1958Fury
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quote:
Originally posted by Canuckistan:
quote:
Originally posted by 1958Fury:
Casey, thank you so much for posting the direct link to the strips....

Psst ... that was ds_40.

Whoops.

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I actually have a copy of that series of strips. It's in the seventh Garfield fat cat 3-pack. The actual book it was in was "Garfield takes up space".

It's probably my least favourite of the Garfield strips, and I love Garfield. It's just too darn creepy for a Garfield comic.

But he's definitely not dead. There's a good dozen + books after that one! [Wink]

(And if he has died in the meantime, I can always dye one of my cats and rename him. [Big Grin] )

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quote:
Originally posted by Dutch Angua:
I LOVE Garfield! He's so like my own kitty!

(Unfortunately...my love life resembles that of Jon's)

Not to make you feel too bad or anything, but Jon actually started dating Liz the vet about two weeks ago...

(No, really!)

-OTL, can now claim to have a worse love life than Jon Arbuckle... [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Aussie Girl:
But he's definitely not dead. There's a good dozen + books after that one! [Wink]

But the last strip talks about how powerful imagination is. So all of the strips after that could be Garfield's imagination trying to keep him from going insane from boredom.

fictional lie, I read the next couple of strips after those and they don't may any indication whether or not the sequence was a dream.

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I believe that Jim Davis did die sometime during the 1990s...
It may be faulty memory though.

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Signora Del Drago
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quote:
Originally posted by Ophiuchus:
I believe that Jim Davis did die sometime during the 1990s...
It may be faulty memory though.

Jim Davis, the actor, died in 1981. Could you be thinking of him?
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quote:
Originally posted by Little Red Cervette:
It's a wonder Jon's not suicidal, having struck out on dates for the last 30 years.

Looks like Jon may be getting laid for a change. Have you read the strip lately? Looks like he has a girlfriend for once.

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quote:
Originally posted by OTL:
quote:
Originally posted by Dutch Angua:
I LOVE Garfield! He's so like my own kitty!

(Unfortunately...my love life resembles that of Jon's)

Not to make you feel too bad or anything, but Jon actually started dating Liz the vet about two weeks ago...

(No, really!)

-OTL, can now claim to have a worse love life than Jon Arbuckle... [Frown]

At least I'm not the only one. [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Not to make you feel too bad or anything, but Jon actually started dating Liz the vet about two weeks ago...

(No, really!)

I've seen it!

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quote:
Originally posted by fictional lie:
I despise Garfield. I think that it is one of the least funny, most worthless comics in print. Even the cartoon show was horrible.


I felt the same way as you. However since the daily comics are so frickin' lame Garfiled is actually the better strip.In fact just a couple of weeks ago one of the strips made me lol.
Since Calvin and Hobbes,The Far Side and Bloom county became no more the comics have began to suck. There are some exceptions like The Boondocks and Mother Goose and Grim for example. I think the daily comics should be a reminder of what film and TV would be like if the Politically Correct Thought Police(the Holy Christian Right and the uber sensitive Left) was to ever take total control of the media.It would be a barren wasteland totaly devoid of humour,creativity and spontaneity.

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Egad - I was a huge Garfield fan growing up, and thankfully I was unaware of the existence of those strips until now. Those would have creeped me out big time!

Garfield was always inoffensive, and sometimes a bit lame (seems to be much lamer nowdays), but that sequence is just so dark in tone...

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I'm not a huge Garfield fan (though I do have a few early books), but I think those particular strips are very well done. I particularly like the erieness in the last panel of the third strip.

Sadly, I think the colorised strips in ds_40's links lack the starkness that made the black and white originals work so well.

EDIT: Regarding the original question, it does seem to imply that everything beyond this point is a fantasy that exists only in Garfield's mind. I doubt Jim Davis meant for that much to be read into it, but it certainly puts an interesting spin on things.

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I remember those. It wasn't really that creepy to me when I was a kid, I think, because they were printed the week before Halloween, and everything's a little spooky that week.

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As long as the last strip doesn't end with a child looking at a snowglobe with Garfield's house in it, it's all good. [Big Grin]

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For those that didn't see it, Wild Card's statement was confirmed on Boing Boing:

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/08/09/death_of_garfield_my.html

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quote:
Originally posted by TheBobo:
Since Calvin and Hobbes,The Far Side and Bloom county became no more the comics have began to suck. There are some exceptions like The Boondocks and Mother Goose and Grim for example. I think the daily comics should be a reminder of what film and TV would be like if the Politically Correct Thought Police(the Holy Christian Right and the uber sensitive Left) was to ever take total control of the media.It would be a barren wasteland totaly devoid of humour,creativity and spontaneity. {snip}

May I recommend Get Fuzzy?

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Of course Garfield is dead. Charles Guiteau saw to that.

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If you think that is eerie, think how creepy it would be if you took out the thought balloons.
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Its been two weeks since this has been posted and still everytime I see Garfield I get really bummed out.

I know he isn't dead, but I just can't get past it.

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I've learned to finally enjoy the Garfield cartoons with Garfield and Garfield's dialogue taken out. Much more bizarre and fun!

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quote:
Originally posted by Horse Chestnut:
If you think that is eerie, think how creepy it would be if you took out the thought balloons.

I was just going to post this link. Thanks.

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While on the subject of Garfield, has anyone noticed that the guy who done the voice for the Garfield cartoon was called Lorenzo Music, he also done the voice for the character of Peter Venkman in the cartoon version of "The Real" Ghostbusters whereas the actor Bill Murray done the voice for Garfield the Movie and also played the character of Peter Venkman in the movie version of Ghostbusters.

Strange eh? or do I just sound like a right geek.....

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Not strange, really. Lorenzo Music's voice was kind of a sleepier version of Murray's, so it was logical to use him as Venkman's voice, just like it was logical to bring in Murray the day that Music died.

No, please, allow me... [fish]

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