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No. 10: Garfield Plus Penultimate Beat Panel

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Garfield Plus Penultimate Beat Panel

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Strip by: Andrew Shellshear

Jon: My credit cards are missing.
Jon: Garfield, have you seen my credit cards?
Garfield: No.
{Silent beat panel, where Jon sees Garfield standing in a flashy suit and shoes.}
Jon: And, nice suit.
Garfield: It's Italian.

The author writes:

The silent beat panel is a classic trope of comic strips, simulating the comedic pause before the delivery of a punchline. It can get clichéd, but sometimes it really works to make the joke funnier.

You could make an argument that Garfield, compressed as it is into 3 hectic and often over-wordy panels, probably doesn't use them enough.

Original strip from 1996-05-02.