Ah, Garfield, my first comic-book love. I've since gone on to Calvin & Hobbes, but I still read a Garfield comic every now and then.
Here's a description from amazon.com:
A FAST-FOOD HELPING OF HUMOR!
What is it that makes GARFIELD America's favorite feline? Maybe it's the way he flies through the fat lane without losing his cool or without missing a meal! You'll marvel as GARFIELD finds new ways to evade exercise and beat boredom. But it's nothing that a few airborne sardines can't cure, and feeding Odie a jar of sticky peanut butter is a sure way to a slobbering good time. So join GARFIELD and his friends before the food is gone and the fun slows down!
Up to now I've known Garfield merely as a world icon, but never actually read any of his graphic novels.
This is going to change.
Before I tell you more, I would like to present you with the comics I love.
My first love was Mikijev zabavnik, a comics that tells stories of a number of Disney characters, for example: ducks (Donald Duck, his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Uncle Scrooge McDuck), mouses (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, his love interest). The stories were picturesque and very adventurous, which is the way I like to remember them. I particularly enjoyed such episodes with treasure hunts, exotic lands, gold mines, crocodiles and airplane crashes. These were my first indiana jones stories and I remember them very well. A good feeling never goes away.
My second love was a native comics, called Dogodivšine Zvitorepca, Trdonja in Lakotnika by Miki Muster (the English title would be something like: The Adventures of the Foxy, Stony and the Hungry). It was love at first sight. A grand one too. I've never felt this way about any other comics, nor book or film.
(Clicking on the cell in the picture, you can see the whole page of that cell, along with my thumb.)
My third love was Calvin and Hobbes, a somehow offbeat comics by Bill Waterson, which is great: it's funny, smart, and all in all very intelligent. It's lovely, but not as lovely as my second love - nothing can beat that, not even the sexiest and smartest real world girlfriend.
I wrote about Calvin and Hobbes on my book blog, where I described it as my favorite comics. This is a lie. It's my second favorite, and that's the truth.
Here is one sample in color. (Calvin and Hobbes published in Sunday newspaper editions were usually in color, but not so on other days.)
These are the three comics I love. I came across some others here and there: some manga, Superman ... but I didn't really like them. Garfield could be my fourth love. We shall see about that. I will tell you.
Isn't Garfield the world's most notorious cat? And I hadn't read any of his comic books or seen any of his two films up to this summer when serendipity brought me together with vexter to having crossed books. She gave me Garfield, his 28th book, subtitled "life in the fat lane". - Insane!
It's great that I've finally got to know Garfield, but this cat is insane. His philosophy is simple and as follows:
- Eat as much as you can, preferably other people's meals. Food tastes so much better then. (How does he keep relatively slim, is beyond my understanding. His metabolism must be extraterrestrially effective.) Try other animals too, you'll be surprised how good they are. (Many species lies on his soul: fishes, frogses, pigses (!) ...)
- Move as little as you can. No really, exercise is plain sick. (He's very lazy, and he's proud of that of course.)
In general, Garfield tends to overdo the inappropriate things - hey, who calls them so? - and underdo the appropriate ones. But then nearly every rebellious comic figure is such, isn't this so? Garfield, however, goes to extremes. Only XXL or above will do for him.
Some examples are attached below. The comics is pretty good, still I like English Calvin and Hobbes - link to my book blog - and Slovene Dogodivščine Trdonja, Zvitorepca in Lakotnika - povezava do utrinka na zgodbo na mojem knjižnem blogu - more. This is probably because they offer a lot more of a background story, even though they are told in episodes (these are short in C & H and longer in DTZiL) as well. However, this opinion could've come from the fact that I've only read one of Garfield's and numerous of the other two's. So had I read some more of Garfield, I would probably be acquainted with brighter background and thus enjoy the comics more. - Vex: Are there some more on your shelf?
Appendix: Beat this. (Notice that every example relates food in some form or another.)