Jim Davis Explains Why Garfield Loves Lasagna and Hates Mondays and Why People Love Garfield

November 3, 2014 9:24 PM

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Cartoonist Jim Davis is the man behind lasagna-loving, Monday-hating Garfield the cat, who lives with his long-suffering owner, Jon, and fellow pet and perennial crossword puzzle clue, Odie the dog. "Garfield" is the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, with dozens of record-breaking best-selling books, plus award-winning animated television series and specials and more than 400 licensed products including everything from toys, games, backpacks, and costumes to bedding, credit cards, and diapers. This week, Garfield's Holiday Collection has a new DVD release. It includes the special Davis calls "the most 'Garfield,' in that it involves food." It is the Thanksgiving show, a special challenge because the holiday feast arrives just as Garfield goes on a diet.

In an interview, Davis talked about the comic strips he loved as a kid growing up on a farm in the midwest. He loved Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon, especially the Dragon Lady. And "I was a big fan of Peanuts and Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, eventually B.C. and Wizard of Oz and also Pogo. That one, I n...

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