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No. 161: Concerned Garfield

Concerned Garfield

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Strip by: Michael Stangeland

{Sound effect: Skreeee!}
Garfield: Ow! My Health Points!
Garfield: Stop burrowing in my flesh! It's extremely unpleasant! Ouch! Arrgh! Agggh! Oogh! Rrrr...
Garfield: RRRAAAGGHHH!!!
{Beat Panel}
Garfield: Sigh. Of course this would have to happen when I've just finished washing.
Garfield: Jon? I don’t feel so goooood...
Jon: Wha?
Jon: Garfield? Good Lord, is that you?
Garfield: Duh. Who else would it be?
Jon: But... you walk and think of your own free will... how can this be?
Garfield: Gee, I dunno.
Jon: These Headcrabs... possess people...
Garfield: What's your point?
Jon: You should have no will of your own! Why, you are one of the Walking Dead!
Garfield: Yeah, well... your life is a punch line.
Garfield: So, what do you suggest? Siesta?
Jon: Perhaps something a bit more... drastic.
Garfield: Is it lasagna? Cause I'm starving.

The author writes:

After the first couple of comics I tried, my mind started looking for potential ways I could take the square root of the inverse of Garfield's comics as I was reading them.

Not long after came Garfield's Sombrero Week (which I use to refer to the week of comics from a few weeks back - as of writing this, at least - when Garfield toted a sombrero around). For some reason, the imagery of Garfield with his head fully covered in a hat that size made me think of Headcrabs from the Half-Life series. Being the webcomic reading geek that I am, this brought my train of thought to the wonderful work of Christopher C. Livingston in his (now concluded) webcomic Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman. It all just kind of came together from there.

For those wondering, the Headcrab featured in this comic is of the rare and elusive Sombrero variety, which usually likes to simply sit around and try to look like nothing more than an ordinary Nice Hat until some unsuspecting stranger comes along and tries it on. But that's not to say that they don't have some initiative if their usual laziness fails them.

Original Garfield comics from 2009-05-25, 2009-05-26, 2009-05-27, and 2009-05-28. Scenario and dialogue based on Concerned comics number 90 and 91.