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No. 419: Garfield Lisa

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Garfield Lisa

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Strip by: Colin Foster

Bird: Chirp.
Garfield: Ready or not, here I come.
Bird: Pow!
Bird: Bop!
Bird: Biff!
Garfield: He was ready.
Bird: Chirp.

The author writes:

Colour on IBM PCs started with the Colour Graphics Adapter (CGA) in 1981. It only supported 16 colours, but given that before that, everything was monochrome, that's at least 8 times better (or 2^3 better). As the decade went on, colour slowly got better, with EGA and VGA becoming standards.

Meanwhile, Apple was selling the Apple II (or Apple ][), which still had monochromatic displays. In fact, until 1993, Apple never sold a computer with a colour display. That's right: Apple, arguably one of the most innovative tech companies today, took 12 years to catch up with PCs in their computers' displays.

Admittedly, by the time this strip (1993-02-09, the day before the Macintosh Colour Classic was sold) appeared, nobody would have used a Lisa. In fact, nobody would've used a Lisa for a long time, if ever. But the idea of a monochromatic, black-and-white Garfield appeals to me, and let's face it, "Garfield Lisa" is a better title than "Garfield ][" or "Garfield Classic II."