We like to think that cats really lucked out with the whole Internet thing. Before kitteh memes became lingua franca of the web, cat people were a relative minority and the hijinks of any individual animal were largely just enjoyed by their owners. Now, thanks to the likes of bonsai kittens and I Can Has Cheezburger , cattitude is a huge deal. It seems it doesn't matter what kind of meme it is, if there's play on the feline take-it-or-leave-it approach then it's a hit. That would make it easy to assume the Internet has been a surprising PR boon for the brand of humor cats bring to the table. As the father of one of the most Internet-friendly pre-Internet felines of all time—Garfield—he's been getting LOLs out of cat jokes for more than 35 years.
Jim Davis and His Fat Feline Celebrate an Anniversary
Garfield by Jim Davis for March 10, | Garfield comics, Comic strips, Comics
Garfield is an American comic strip created by Jim Davis. Originally published locally as Jon in , then in nationwide syndication from as Garfield , it chronicles the life of the title character, Garfield the cat; Jon Arbuckle , his human owner; and Odie , the dog. As of , it was syndicated in roughly 2, newspapers and journals , and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Though this is rarely mentioned in print, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana the home of Jim Davis according to the television special Happy Birthday, Garfield.
Jim Davis on *Garfield'*s Influence in the Age of the Internet Cat
Most cats have nine lives. Arguably the most widely-circulated comic strip in syndicate history, Garfield appeared in scores of reprint volumes seven of which were simultaneously on the New York Times bestseller list in unprecedented except by Garfield, who, the year before, had three bestsellers on the list , has won four Emmys for television specials, is published by 67 different book publishers, and is represented by 24 agents in licensing and merchandising in countries. Garfield and its eponymous cat celebrate their birthday every June 19, the date the strip debuted in
Jim Davis, the cartoonist responsible for drawing Garfield , turns 71 today. To celebrate his birthday, here are 11 facts about the man behind the legendary comic. Born July 28, in Indiana, Davis lived with his parents and younger brother on a farm. Surrounded by cows and 25 cats—which Davis later used as inspiration for Garfield —he hoped to become a farmer like his father when he grew up.