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Garfield by Jim Davis
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Aug 12, 11

bookshelves: genre-comic-strip-collection, read-august-2011
Read in August, 2011

It's like Jim Davis got his staff together and said, "hey, draw me some fanart, will ya?" I read a review of this somewhere online. Hijinks Ensue, perhaps? In any case, I thought it looked interesting and I got it from my local library. The premise is simple: Garfield in nine different genres, each representing a different 'life,' arranged in loose chronological order. The book was published in 1984 so some of the stories are a little dated at this point.

Two of them stand out. 'Lab Animal' reads like an early precursor to Grant Morrison's We3. 'Primal Self' is disturbing in its open-ending-ness. It makes me think of the TV procedural cliche of cats munching on corpses. The representation of Garfield in this stories are so far beyond how we would characterize the orange fat cat of newspaper fame. However, the craftiness and voracious hunger we associate with Garfield today is readily apparent in those stories, which is why they are so interesting.

I'd recommend this book for Garfield fans with an interest in psychology.
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