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August 5, 2006 7:44 PM   Subscribe

Garfield is dead...maybe. (Warning: Obnoxious music)
posted by onkelchrispy (33 comments total)

 
uh-huh. that was terrible. why didn't you just link to the strips themselves?

besides, this was already a fairly notorious week of strips.
posted by jimmy at 7:48 PM on August 5, 2006


i just noticed they added color to those strips, which is kind of odd. they weren't like that when i checked it a week ago.
posted by jimmy at 7:50 PM on August 5, 2006


Interesting... Many say the strip jumped the shark in 1989, I think Jim Davis died that week too. Er, at least his creativity...
posted by subaruwrx at 7:55 PM on August 5, 2006


Oh, and repost


Somewhat...
posted by subaruwrx at 7:58 PM on August 5, 2006


Those are pretty bizarre.

At first I thought it was a Wikipedia hoax, but it appears to be legit.

here are the strips.
posted by Lord_Pall at 8:20 PM on August 5, 2006


yeah. yeah, i linked to them in the very first comment in this thread. just.. look right above, up there, and you'll see the link, lord pall.
posted by jimmy at 8:25 PM on August 5, 2006


hahah. Crap. I thought you were asking rhetorically and didn't see the fact that the strips themselves was an actual link.

My excuse is that I just ate a bad cupcake.
posted by Lord_Pall at 8:29 PM on August 5, 2006


AND OF COURSE GARFIELD YTMNDs ARE THE BEST OF THE WEB. /newbie_rage
posted by thedaniel at 8:40 PM on August 5, 2006


What was the song/band in the background on that page? It sounded familar and will drive me nuts now.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 8:52 PM on August 5, 2006


The post about this over at BB says it's by the Twighlight Singers
posted by photoslob at 8:55 PM on August 5, 2006


photoslob, your photos are fuggin incredible
posted by onkelchrispy at 9:01 PM on August 5, 2006


Yeah, it is Bonnie Brae by the Twighlight Singers. Thx. Now I can go to sleep tonight. heh.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 9:04 PM on August 5, 2006


Yeah, but what's the story with Garfield? What the hell was going on that week? Those strips barely make sense. Maybe Jim Davis's real cat died or something.
posted by donkeymon at 9:38 PM on August 5, 2006


Wow. NEDM.
posted by ao4047 at 9:49 PM on August 5, 2006


maybe jim davis got a razor blade in an apple and was filled with existential angst that week ... he doesn't do it any better than he does humor
posted by pyramid termite at 9:50 PM on August 5, 2006


The Twilight Singers aren't even remotely obnoxious.
posted by Kwantsar at 9:59 PM on August 5, 2006


For the best in Garfield-bashing, I submit Burn, Garfield, Burn.

Lots of pictures.
posted by hipnerd at 10:01 PM on August 5, 2006


NEDM=Nuclear Event Detonation Monitoring
posted by onkelchrispy at 10:24 PM on August 5, 2006


NEDM
posted by onkelchrispy at 10:27 PM on August 5, 2006


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posted by thatweirdguy2 at 10:55 PM on August 5, 2006


If Garfield's been in a fugue of denial, doomed to relive his memories of life as a spectre in the house where he once lived with Odie & Jon, it'd explain why that strip is monotonous and repetitive, but what's the excuse for every other strip on the comics page? In fact, come to think of it, the entire newspaper industry is a ghost of its former self that refuses to die. Maybe Davis was poking fun at the entire idea of a comics page. Same crap over and over. Comics are dead.
posted by ZachsMind at 11:25 PM on August 5, 2006


You guys notice he states "I haven't lived for years" on Oct. 26th, right? well, according to Wikipedia, a certain John D. McCollum killed himself only a few years earlier... Coincidence?... um... NO!!... totally not.
posted by wumpus at 12:52 AM on August 6, 2006


Little known fact: McCollum was found dead in a room with both Ozzy albums and books of Garfield comic strips: a deadly combination.

the real reason Garfield is dead is because Calvin stuck the fat cat's head under water for several minutes and then used a plunger to stuff the dead carcass down his mother's garbage disposal.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:59 AM on August 6, 2006


Has anyone here seen Allegro non Troppo? It's done in the same fashion of Fantasia, but without Disney's icky sentimentality. There's one short featuring a cat living in an abandoned house, and when the music turns happy for a moment the cat halucinates his old family and is happy. Then the music turns sour again and the cat returns to the abandoned house.

I think Jim Davis was trying to copy its dismal sadness for halloween, but rather failed at it.
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:40 AM on August 6, 2006


Excellent. I've been searching for something to torment and weigh down my soul. Garfield it is!

I will be the most interesting individual at the poetry slam yet!
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 4:22 AM on August 6, 2006


> but without Disney's icky sentimentality. There's one short featuring a cat living in an abandoned
> house, and when the music turns happy for a moment the cat halucinates his old family and is
> happy. Then the music turns sour again and the cat returns to the abandoned house.

I've seen it. I frankly thought the ghost-cat-living-in-its-family's-former-house segment dripped with icky sentimentality, though of the tear-jerk variety rather than Disney's happy flowers and fuzzy bunnies. OMG Bunnies! What's wrong with teh fuzzy bunnies? OTOH I loved the other post-armageddon segment, set to Ravel, where the thing rises out of the discarded Coke bottle and breeds and starts the whole cycle over again. That one was marred only by the bludgeon editorializing at the end.
posted by jfuller at 7:42 AM on August 6, 2006


"shut up! presidents don't respond on mondays!"

while i'd like to believe that jim davis was sending some kind of coded message about the remainder of the strip, i think probably it was just a ham-fisted attempt at philosophy or something. too bad, really.
posted by joeblough at 5:09 PM on August 6, 2006


I like this death of Garfield cut-up myself.
posted by O9scar at 5:24 PM on August 6, 2006


Yeah, but what's the story with Garfield? What the hell was going on that week? Those strips barely make sense. Maybe Jim Davis's real cat died or something.

At the time the strips in question were written strips like Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes were enjoying great success, in large part to the strength of the writing. Even among his own artists, Berke Breathed and Bill Watterson were considered heros of the genre.

This particular series of strips left everyone at Davis' studio scratching their heads and wondering if he had cracked somehow.

In the end, as joeblough suggests, you really have to write this off as a ham-fisted attempt at philosophy. Other, less disturbing, attempts are scattered here-and-there throughout the Garfield universe.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:11 AM on August 7, 2006


I just can't read that last strip without hearing Rod Serling's voice.
posted by webmutant at 9:33 AM on August 8, 2006


Mystery solved!
posted by ND¢ at 6:35 AM on August 10, 2006


Jim Davis has this all crabbed. He's supposed to stretch out the mystery and tell people the answer will be resolved in future strips, in order to keep people engaged in his product. No wonder everybody hates Garfield. Jim doesn't know how to manipulate the public into being obsessed and addicted to his work.
posted by ZachsMind at 6:53 AM on August 10, 2006


...Yes that was sarcasm. In fact everything I post is sarcasm, even when it's not, just in case you didn't know.
posted by ZachsMind at 6:54 AM on August 10, 2006


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