Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1978
Strip by: David Morgan-Mar
Jon: Hi, there... I'm Jon Arbuckle. I'm a cartoonist, and this is my cat, Garfield.
Jon: Believe it or not, he was born just today.
Jon: If he's this big now, imagine how big he'll get in a few years.
Garfield: Feed me.
The author writes:
Jim Davis launched Garfield on the 19th of June, 1978. Every year since, on the anniversary of that date, Davis has drawn a special birthday themed strip, on the premise that the date was Garfield's birthday. Beginning from the first anniversary in 1979, these strips would use the conceit that Garfield's age was the same as the age of the comic strip. The only logical conclusion we can make from this is that Garfield was born on the original date of publication of the first strip.
This strip is the first in a series inspired by the fact that SRoMG has now reached the milestone of 1978 strips. Comic contributor Lubaf suggested in the forums almost exactly a year ago: "For each SRoMG strip from 1978-2014, we do a strip from that year (since 2014 is when strip 2014 would come out)." After some discussion, Sausagefanclub suggested using the birthday strip for each year. Appropriate submissions were solicited in the forums, and I am pleased that we have a full set of birthday strips, which will appear over the next 36 days.
[[Original strip: 1978-06-19.]]