What kind of cat is Garfield
Garfield doesn't really have what it takes to be a superstar. The hangover is fat, ugly, self-centered, vain and often unfriendly. He has a problematic character, is an extreme cynic and a misanthropist. Most of the time, the animal lies around lazily and thinks badly about its fellow cats, fellow dogs and fellow human beings. If Garfield moves, it's only to steal food from the table.
Amazingly, the misanthropic kitty has made a world career with her deeply depressed attitude. In 1978 the first comic strip with the everyday experiences of the overweight cat appeared in an American daily newspaper. 30 years later, 263 million readers of 2,600 newspapers around the world regularly enjoy the Garfield comics. The lasagna fanatic's adventures have been translated into 27 languages and filmed.
More boring than his hangover
Its creator Jim Davis would not have expected so much success at first. Garfield was once only intended as a mute companion for Master Jon. But it soon turned out that Jon is a lot more boring than his hangover. In the Garfield strips, the draftsman succeeds in working out what is human in cats and what is feline in humans. Davis grew up with 25 cats and knows his way around the voracious, stubborn creatures. "Garfield is actually a cat-haired person," says Jim Davis, who named his character after his grandfather, a contentious man named James Garfield Davis.
Grandpa Davis must have often been in a bad mood and otherwise left a lasting impression on Jim Davis, because Garfield behaves just like an old, grumpy man. He's always hungry, constantly tired, constantly watching television, and hating conversations. In contrast to other comic animals, Garfield cannot speak, so only thought bubbles are available to him and no speech bubbles.
Save the ravioli
Still, Garfield sometimes develops something like creativity and even poetry, but only when it comes to Fressi. "The best things in life are edible!" is one of his bon motes, or: "Save the rivers, the rainforests and the ravioli!"
Incidentally, Garfield is not only loved by 40-year-old retro philistines, but also by children. This is partly due to Garfield's healthy attitude towards unpleasant things like work. Garfield notepads sell particularly well. On the cover sheet the cat sits with half-closed eyes in front of a blank sheet of paper, in the thought bubble it says: "If you don't learn anything, you can't forget anything."
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