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No. 1998: 20th Birthday Special: Unexpected Celebrations

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20th Birthday Special: Unexpected Celebrations

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Strip by: Riley

Garfield: Let me see...despite the abnormally large cake...
Garfield: ...and the high number of burning candles...
{Zoom out to see Jon and Odie wearing party hats; Jon is carrying a cake matching Garfield's description}
Jon: Happy 1,998th comic, SRoMG!
Garfield: ...this isn't the celebration I was expecting.
{a second strip, in black and white:}
Jon: Happy birthday, Garfield!
Jon: What would you like for your birthday?
Garfield: A fork and a bucket of coffee!
{Garfield now has a fork, with which he is eating his cake, and a steaming bucket of coffee.}
Garfield: At my age, if I don't indulge myself, nobody will.

The author writes:

The bottom comic is taken, unedited, from my copy of 20 Years and Still Kicking, Garfield's 20th anniversary collection. It lists all of Garfield's birthday comics from 1978 to 1997, and then shows this one for 1998. The book came out several months before Garfield's 20th birthday comic, and the art style looks more like the ones from the years prior (the comic's inker was replaced sometime in 1997), which leads me to believe that this was created much earlier than normally, specifically for this book.

Original strip: 1998-06-19.