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Jim Davis Apologizes for Timing of Garfield Cartoon


Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic, apologized for the poor timing of the strip that ran on Veteran’s Day.

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In the comic Garfield is about to squash a spider with a newspaper. The spider says “if you squish me, I shall become famous! They will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor you fat slob.”


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The last panel shows a spider teacher in front of a group of spider students saying “Does anyone here know why we celebrate ‘National Stupid Day?’”

“I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today – of all days,” Davis explained. “I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days, so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veterans Day.” He said that he had written it a year ago, and added that his brother served in Vietnam and his son has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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