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No. 2096: New Year's Repetition

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New Year's Repetition

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Strip by: Alien@System

Garfield: This year I resolve to be nicer to Odie.
SFX: KONG!
{Odie is punched into 1988}
Garfield: Now that that's out of the way, I can enjoy New Year's Eve.
{1988}
Garfield: Starting today, I'm going to work on being more pleasant.
SFX: BOOT!
{Odie is kicked to December 1988}
Garfield: Have a nice day!
{December 1988}
Garfield: This year, I resolve to be gentler with Odie!
SFX: Push
{Odie is prodded into 1989}
Garfield: For the new year, I resolve to be more polite with dogs.
SFX: KICK!
SFX: CRASH!
{Odie is kicked into 1991}
Garfield: Excuse me!
{1991}
{Garfield sneaks up on Odie}
SFX: BOOT!
{Odie spins around freely, floating over the table}
Garfield: Hmmm... Too much repetition.

The author writes:

In the spirit of pointing out recycled jokes, this is probably a special one, the same punchline being used four times, including three times having exactly the same setup. When I read the archives and noticed this lazy gag, inspiration struck and gave me the idea of the poor Odie getting clobbered through the fourth wall repeatedly, never touching the ground, with the "Topspin" strip, which had always been a favourite of mine, being the punchline. It took me a while to get around to making it, though.

Original strips: 1980-12-30, 1988-08-20, 1988-12-30, 1989-12-28, 1991-01-15 (strips), 1986-07-15, 1987-10-17, 1986-07-04 (falling Odies).