Whoo, boy… you’re going to have to sit down for this one because itza doozy, lemme tell you.
Garfield creator Jim Davis recently apologized for this:
I mean, it’s not only an affront to this nation’s veterans (you read the linked article above, right?)*, but it’s also terribly…
Seriously, why the fuck is this shit still being produced and published? I’d have to harken back to a time in my youth when I looooved Garfield, but even now, I’m hard-pressed to recall if I ever thought the strip was humorous.
I think my reason for liking him stems from the fact that he was the first character I taught myself how to draw, or it’s simply because I had limited options outside of Peanuts, Blondie, and Cathy. (This time frame falls well before the genius that was Calvin & Hobbes, and his pissed-off merchandising rip-offs. And come to think of it, at this time in my life, I did enjoy ABC’s TGIF lineup.)
In closing, this atrocity needs to meet its end, and if he’s lucky… maybe we’ll celebrate a National Stupid Day in his honor.
*It was published on Veteran’s Day.