Thursday, November 11, 2010

Garfield Doesn't Like Monday's or Veterans

Garfield Doesn't Like Monday's or Veterans

Well, he doesn't. Look at the comic strip that was seen today in so many newspapers;

How dare that lazy lasagna eating cat not support our troops! Just kidding, I should thank Veterans day for bringing out a good Garfield strip. That's probably the first funny Garfield comic strip I ever read.

Sure enough there has been many complaints already. Like this one from an angry Vet's mother.
I am convinced that this is an intentional act of emotionally slaughtering our Heroes, our fallen soldiers and the few Americans we have left that trust in the Red White and Blue. This comic strip should not have been posted even in it's random intention.
Though I can't blame her. I mean, it does seem Jim Davis is only capable of doing something good by accident. Or just about anything by accident. I mean, do you want to talk about inappropriate Garfield comic strip placements. This was the Garfield strip for Martin Luther King Day in 1989

Which was actually the very first MLK day in most places. So just take that for the numbers. And to further show that Jim Davis is all about stumbling onto lucky coincidences, the President this cat was named after also didn't like Mondays... but did like the troops.
Garfield's one and only executive order was to give executive government workers the day off on May 30, 1881, in order to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War.

Executive Order
May 28, 1881

Dear Sir:
I am directed by the President to inform you that the several Departments of the Government will be closed on Monday, the 30th instant, to enable the employees to participate in the decoration of the graves of the soldiers who fell during the rebellion.

Very respectfully,
J. Stanley Brown, Private Secretary.

Addressed to the heads of the Executive Departments, etc.
Though, given the fact that he was also assassinated on one, it really was is less liked day of the week. Just makes you think... doesn't it?

Oh wait, you actually need a reference for that one. Otherwise you'd just think it's fucking weird.

Okay, let's just go over this whole situation again. A strip that could be taken as a political message about our position in this war. Though, in this even, Jim Davis did want to make sure folks realized this was just some horrible accident in when it was placed into the paper and meant no harm and apologized.
Dear Friends, Fans, and Veterans:

In what has to be the worst timing ever, the strip that runs in today's paper seems to be making a statement about Veteran's Day. It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance.

Regarding today's Garfield comic strip, it was written almost a year ago and I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today — of all days. I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days, so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veteran's Day. What are the odds? You can bet I'll have a calendar that lists EVERYTHING by my side in the future.

My brother Dave served in Vietnam. My son James is a Marine who has had two tours of duty, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. You'd have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our Veterans have done for all of us.

Please accept my sincere apologies for any offense today's Garfield may have created. It was unintentional and regrettable.

Jim Davis
But still, you have to admit that Garfield is pretty fucking annoying. That Christmas special is the most atrocious Christmas specials around. I wouldn't be surprised if Jim Davis' son ends up killing him as it plays in the background.

But sure enough, people still read it. There's something like 6500 daily newspapers in the world and Garfield is still in about 2600 of them. And I mean, who can blame them for sticking to such cutting edge comedy like dealing with a Cat Brush

I also have to wonder how hard it is to keep making a comic strip about a mouthy cat. I heard that Jim Davis and the Guy who does Heathcliff actually get together for an annual lunch to discuss doing cat cartoons.
INDIANAPOLIS—Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, the popular comic strip featuring a thoughtful but feckless cat, met with the guy who does Heathcliff Thursday for their annual luncheon to discuss the cat-cartooning process. "It was really good to see the guy who does Heathcliff. He looks the same as he did last year," Davis said. "He's one of the only people I can really talk to about doing cat cartoons." The guy who does Heathcliff was not asked to comment.
Yes, it's CatComicCon. I'm already booking my room for next year.

Hey, how about a joke? Why don't Iraqi women sleep with our troops? Because they always say they're going to pull out but never do. Boooyah!

No wait, it's because we rape them first. Either way, today I got no mail and the library was closed. What a way to celebrate and honor our troops by making sure that we aren't allowed to look up history via books with the closing of libraries.

Perhaps instead of closing down the library, we should close down armed service out post. Or perhaps not bomb that Yemen school building in honor for those who died in the past. Or not. I guess we just need to remember.. that fat has a sick sense of humor.

And suicide is painless. Oops. Better not mention that here considering the suicide rates of veterans. Oh wait.. no, I won't get on that subject cause.. that's just wrong wrong wrong.

Though, perhaps I should restate that whole enjoyment of this comic strip. No, no. You see, I am capable of separating my revulsion to imperialism and wars of conquest and suppression with those feelings of somber reflection for those largely thrust into their roles in history and of course lies of massive amounts of foreign tale by recruiters.

This comic strip is a whole lot better than when he killed Garfield. Perhaps since it is Veterans day... for at least another couple of hours, I should leave you with this strange Garfield video that relates to those rednecks who just love to talk about supporting our troops

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