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No. 186: Garfield Cross Section C

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Garfield Cross Section C

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Strip by: David Atwell

{Garfield sees two men having an argument after a car accident}
Man: Yabba! Yabba! Yabba!
{Garfield whacks Odie}
Garfield: What do you know?
SFX: Woing!

The author writes:

Well, this certainly has a different feel to it than the original. Gone is what I'm sure Davis thought of as a rapier wit lampoon of how ludicrous our petty human fisticuffs are. Now, it's a pastiche of violence in media. Before, he was calm; now, after witnessing brutality outside his very window, he is angry. Garfield learns from what he sees in the world: directing frustration upon the other person. (Please note: he does not learn this from violent video games or movies! It is real life that teaches him it's okay to hit someone.) Then he uses that newfound knowledge on another by hitting Odie for no reason.

This strip is unedited, except to remove all but the strip in between. I do not condone any actions you may undertake after viewing the drawings in this blog!

Original strip: 1982-05-09.