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No. 4287: Emoticon

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Emoticon

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=4287

Strip by: Mr Miscellaneous

Jon: Take a look at this, Garfield
Jon: I've got this weird mail from some guy named BSLSK05.
Garfield: It's just a :), what's-
{Garfield is suddenly turned to stone}
Jon: Garfield?

The author writes:

The Basilisk from xkcd strikes in the Garfield world!

His Petrifying Emoticon is not merely restricted to the Internet. He can manifest it in the physical world and send it to people. And one of those people is our very own Jon Arbuckle!

Jon for some reason is immune to the gaze, but his cat isn't.

Why would the Basilisk target good old Jon? He must have been ordered to by someone.

But who?

Could it be...

Ophiuchus?

(Yes, I know that in the original xkcd strip, the emoticon kills you, but the effects of a Basilisk's sight vary depending on the medium it is sent through.)

Original strip: 2000-03-16.