Strip by: MadDogBV
Garfield: Some people read the expiration dates.
Garfield: And some don't.
The author writes:
When I saw submission #1400, I noticed that the Garfield in the first two panels was completely identical. No doubt this was because Jim Davis was no longer drawing the Garfield comics by hand, but instead creating them via computer. Combine that with the tendency, as demonstrated in prior submissions, for Jim to reuse gags from years past – and you start to realize just how formulaic Garfield is. It got me to wondering: if Jim Davis dies, do the Garfield comics necessarily stop?
Normally, the answer is yes – for instance, the Peanuts comic died with Schultz, and any iterations of Peanuts in your newspaper are exact reruns of years past.
However, could the answer be no? Enter “Garfield in 2053”. With Jim long gone, a senior editor has been tasked with continuing the Garfield comics in essence. However, the editor, not being particularly inclined to exert too much effort, decides it is simply easier to reuse one image of Garfield repeatedly, and simply recycle the jokes from prior years, with slight differences so as to not seem plagiaristic. After all, who will know the difference?
I feel like I’m getting too cynical for this. (Admin note: Not by a long shot!)
[[Original strip: 2013-01-17.]]
Original strip: 2013-01-17.