Issue Date: July 16, 2010
City: Columbus, OH
Garfield makes being lazy, fat, and selfish seem like virtues. Cartoonist Jim Davis’ comic-strip cat captured the attention of the world in 1978. Since then, Garfield has become the most widely syndicated cartoon in the world, appearing in over 2,500 newspapers.
Cranky and sarcastic, the orange tabby makes no apologies for his dim view of the world. But with an owner like Jon Arbuckle, hopelessly incompetent and with a tragically bad fashion sense, it’s hard for Garfield to be impressed by humans. Dogs are no better, if slobbering Odie is any example. Dim-witted and having a tongue like a soaked sponge, Odie seems forever destined to be booted off the end of the coffee table by Garfield.
Surrounded by such companions, Garfield is comforted by the things he loves most – steaming pans of lasagna and his teddy bear, Pooky. Garfield also enjoys squashing spiders with a rolled-up newspaper and making fun of Jon and Odie. The mice in the house don’t take Garfield seriously. Nermal, the World’s Cutest Kitten, likes to remind Garfield that he’s getting old. But whenever things get too crazy, or the alarm clock goes off on a Monday, Garfield crawls back to his bed and does what he does best – take a nap.