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Old 09-23-2007, 10:18 PM
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Does Jon Arbuckle have a job?

I've been reading the archives of Garfield, and I've noticed that while he has a cat and dog, and feeds them regularly, not to mention himself, as well as going to the vet and going out on dates and to the diner, not once do we see him go to any job, nor do we see Garfield or Odie react in any way to him getting home after a day at work.

So what is it? Rich uncle? Trust fund? Or Jim Davis not thinking about it?
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:20 PM
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According to the very first Garfield cartoon, which ran on June 19, 1978 (Garfield's "birthday"), Jon is a cartoonist. Whether or not he still is, I'm not sure. I'm guessing that aspect of Jon went the way of Lyman.

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Old 09-23-2007, 10:20 PM
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It's been shown several times that he's a cartoonist, IIRC. Not so much recently, but a lot in the early days.

And speaking of Garfield, I don't read it a lot anymore, but I have noticed Jon is going on a LOT more dates with the vet. Are he and her officially an item now, after some twenty-odd years?
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:29 PM
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It's been shown several times that he's a cartoonist, IIRC. Not so much recently, but a lot in the early days.

And speaking of Garfield, I don't read it a lot anymore, but I have noticed Jon is going on a LOT more dates with the vet. Are he and her officially an item now, after some twenty-odd years?
Yup, they had about a ten strip arc where she admits she liked him.

It's so sad I know that.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:30 PM
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I believe Jon and Liz are now an item, yes. She finally fell for Jon in July 2006.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:33 PM
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According to the very first Garfield cartoon, which ran on June 19, 1978 (Garfield's "birthday"), Jon is a cartoonist. Whether or not he still is, I'm not sure. I'm guessing that aspect of Jon went the way of Lyman.
Which is ironic, because Odie was originally Lyman's dog.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:51 PM
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Are he and her officially an item now, after some twenty-odd years?
Y'know, that's 140 in people years.
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:03 AM
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Yup, they had about a ten strip arc where she admits she liked him.

It's so sad I know that.
Did you know about the week long pre-Halloween arc where Garfield
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discovered that he lived alone in an abandoned house?
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:14 AM
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It's so sad I know that.
I can outsad you, dude. I know what happened to Lyman.

Click here to learn the horrible truth! (Game, kid-safe, somewhat time-consuming.)
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:49 AM
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Just like most people know, It's a fact that he's a cartoonist, IIRC. And there is not too much about his other career
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:58 AM
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According to the very first Garfield cartoon, which ran on June 19, 1978 (Garfield's "birthday"), Jon is a cartoonist. Whether or not he still is, I'm not sure. I'm guessing that aspect of Jon went the way of Lyman.
I miss Lyman, he gave the strip a certain something. I find it interesting how some of his foibles (like wearing ridiculous outfits when he went out to impress women) were transferred to John after his disappearance.

I have a few Garfield collections, one is a reissue of the first three, another is "Garfield's 9 lives" and I believe was all entirely new content (nothing from actual papers), the 5th treasury, and one or two others from back in the day. I liked the strip, but am wholly in the camp of those who feel that it's been a long time since Davis was at his peak. To this day most of my favorite stuff is from that "fat-cat 3 pack" (the aforementioned first three collections).

Incidentally, anyone here ever seen the strips where someone edited out all of Garfield's word balloons? I think it was here that I first saw the link to them. It becomes a dark, surrealist comic about a man who's insane, and Garfield's mugging to the audience often comes off as kind of creepy. It's fun to read, and fascinating how simply removing the cat's "dialogue" changes so much about the work.
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:35 AM
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Incidentally, anyone here ever seen the strips where someone edited out all of Garfield's word balloons? I think it was here that I first saw the link to them. It becomes a dark, surrealist comic about a man who's insane, and Garfield's mugging to the audience often comes off as kind of creepy. It's fun to read, and fascinating how simply removing the cat's "dialogue" changes so much about the work.
Like this?
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:02 AM
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Yup, that's it. I saw them on another site, I believe, because some of the ones at your link weren't there, hence my interpretation of it.

Thanks for the link, Shoshana.

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Old 09-24-2007, 05:53 AM
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Incidentally, anyone here ever seen the strips where someone edited out all of Garfield's word balloons? I think it was here that I first saw the link to them. It becomes a dark, surrealist comic about a man who's insane, and Garfield's mugging to the audience often comes off as kind of creepy. It's fun to read, and fascinating how simply removing the cat's "dialogue" changes so much about the work.
I can't find them, but I've seen strips with Garfield removed entirely. Jon comes across as totally insane. I couldn't stop laughing when I first saw them.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:29 AM
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If I've figured out Photobucket, this should yield an example of "Lonely Jon". It's both sad and hilarious.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:41 AM
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I have a few Garfield collections, one is a reissue of the first three, another is "Garfield's 9 lives" and I believe was all entirely new content (nothing from actual papers)
Incidentally, the TV version of "Garfield's 9 Lives" is one of my favorite cartoon movies ever, especially the end.
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:35 PM
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Incidentally, the TV version of "Garfield's 9 Lives" is one of my favorite cartoon movies ever, especially the end.
My god, I love that. Did they ever release it to DVD? The Diana (with the piano) one alway reduced me to tears.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:08 PM
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My god, I love that. Did they ever release it to DVD? The Diana (with the piano) one alway reduced me to tears.
http://amazon.com/gp/product/B0007PAM3I/imdb-adbox/

And the Diana story gets me teared up too. In a manly non-teary fashion, of course. I'm also a big fan of the army experiment one.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:29 PM
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http://amazon.com/gp/product/B0007PAM3I/imdb-adbox/

And the Diana story gets me teared up too. In a manly non-teary fashion, of course. I'm also a big fan of the army experiment one.
Thank you! I'm going to order it! God, I'm getting all teary eyed thinking about watching that segment again.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:49 PM
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One of my favourite Garfield spoofs is "Barfield loses his lunch" thereverend.com/barfield/index.html It gets raunchier as the strips go on - I bust a gut not trying to giggle at some of them at work. Warning - in poor taste, and very juvenile!
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:53 PM
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One of my favourite Garfield spoofs is "Barfield loses his lunch" thereverend.com/barfield/index.html It gets raunchier as the strips go on - I bust a gut not trying to giggle at some of them at work. Warning - in poor taste, and very juvenile!
This is one of my favorite Garfield parodies, too. When I first read it, I had trouble breathing I was laughing so hard somewhere in the middle. It was somewhere between the ones where he keeps burping, "I gotta poop!" and the Hitler one.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:57 PM
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Hell, it's a lot funnier strip without Garfield's word balloons.
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:41 PM
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I'm reminded of an old Fusco Brothers strip -- Al Fusco is applying for a loan:

BANKER: You didn't state your employment.

AL: It's like this . . . Remember how in the old Ozzie and Harriet show, Ozzie never seemed to have a job? That's because his job was simply being Ozzie Nelson. Similarly, my job is simply being Al Fusco.

BANKER: I don't understand.

AL: Look out there. [points at the reader]

BANKER: Oh, my God! We're on camera!

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Old 09-24-2007, 07:50 PM
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One of my favourite Garfield spoofs is "Barfield loses his lunch" thereverend.com/barfield/index.html It gets raunchier as the strips go on - I bust a gut not trying to giggle at some of them at work. Warning - in poor taste, and very juvenile!
The only way that could be awesomer is if I were 7.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:27 PM
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If I've figured out Photobucket, this should yield an example of "Lonely Jon". It's both sad and hilarious.
I actually like Garfield, but thought this was one of the most amazing things I've seen in a long time. Thoroughly recommended.
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