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No. 4913: Garfield Plus Made in China

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Garfield Plus Made in China

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Strip by: John Murtha

{Jon whistles while carrying a box of K-Mart Halloween decorations}
Garfield: Ah, the traditional big box store Halloween decorations purchase
Jon {holding up a letter}: What's this? Instructions?
Jon {reading the letter}: Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization
Garfield: 65% of consumers say they want to shop from sustainable companies, but only 26% actually buy from these brands

The author writes:

Interpreted version of the 2003 Chinese labor camp SOS letter. The statistic is from the book Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods by Amelia Pang.

With Garfield being a traditionally non-topical comic, the discovery of such a letter in the universe might have an outcome like this, with Jon shocked and Garfield responding with characteristic cynicism. It's also worth noting that the book mentioned a prisoner assembling Homer Simpson slippers in between force-feeding sessions. Is Garfield merchandise made with slave labor? I leave that to other armchair detectives.

Original strips: 1991-07-29, 1992-08-07, 1992-12-17.