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No. 3551: Pickpocket Level 100

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Pickpocket Level 100

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=3551

Strip by: KelpTheGreat

Old man: My! Aren't you a cute little kitty!
Garfield: Meow
Old man: Yes, you are!
Garfield: Meow
(Garfield walks away from the man, carrying an artificial cardiac pacemaker)
Garfield: Got his pacemaker

The author writes:

I was looking through my Garfield collections, searching for inspiration. I saw this strip, and this remix instantly popped into my head. That probably says something about me. >_>

The first time I read this strip, years ago, I thought that Garfield's right forearm (leg?) was reaching up to pick the man's pocket in the second panel. It wasn't until I looked at it more closely during the creation of this strip that I noticed all four of his paws are clearly visible and on the ground (excepting the right rear leg, but it's probably a safe assumption that he couldn't reach far enough with it). So I decided to edit out his right forearm, to make it look like he could be reaching up during the pat.

In case you're unaware, in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, if your pickpocket skill is 100 (the maximum), you can pickpocket items equipped by characters, even clothing they're currently wearing. I don't know whether that would extend to medical devices implanted in the body, but someone's probably made a mod for that.

P.S. I'm aware that the scale of the pacemaker is off.

Original strip: 1996-03-23.