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June 18 or June 19 ??[edit]

For some reason, the article says in several places that his birthday is June 18th. However, the June 19 comic in the official site's Vault looks like the true first, and trying to go to "Prev" comics does nothing. Anybody??? This is fairly important trivia here.  ;-) Armslurp (talk) 07:07, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

  1. Where did you get the information which his birthday is 18th June? Can you point out the URL or other sources? I think that the 19th June is the only answer of the Garfield's birthday Nmns (talk) 05:22, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Happy Birthday, Garfield[edit]

When I got the book Garfield At 25: In Dogs' Years I'd be Dead, it mentioned something about Happy Birthday, Garfield on the entertainment section and had a video box cover. What is exactley Happy Birthday, Garfield, besides a TV special? Ryan Holloway 22:32, 11 September 2007 (UTC)Ryan Holloway

"Happy Birthday Garfield" was a documentary special aired on CBS on May 17, 1988. It was hosted by Jim Davis and featured a behind the scenes look in his studio as animators showed how the strip and animated specials were made. It featured a rare appearance by Desiree Goyette and Ed Bogas singing and composing music and Lou Rawls sang with Goyette. The special is on youtube.156.34.33.90 (talk) 14:17, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Re-addition of archived talk page content[edit]

User:Ryan Holloway re-added archived portions of this talk page, with the edit summary Why can we not have it?. Since the re-addition didn't make sense to make nor did the edit summary explain why old content (starting) from July 2006.

Please discuss on this talk page before adding it back. Thanks,xC | 07:31, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Setting[edit]

If anyone wants to know where Garfield takes place,in the Garfield and Friends episode "Best of Breed" Garfield shows Jon a newspaper titled "Muncie Messenger". 99.230.152.143 (talk) 22:22, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Garfieldand friends.gif[edit]

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Garfield minus Garfield[edit]

  • http://garfieldminusgarfield.tumblr.com/ Shouldn´t this be mentioned somewhere? Although it ironically "lacks" the title character.88.196.224.16 (talk) 14:50, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
    • Um...why? (And by the way, Garfield is in all of those strips, but his image was edited out for some reason.) Anthony Rupert (talk) 15:56, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Not to mention the fact that it's actually FUNNY - unlike 'Garfield'. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.69.81.2 (talk) 20:20, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Other wiki pages include if something is being parodied. So clearly this needs to be included. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.231.129.52 (talk) 10:09, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

This would be a good addition. Here is a April 6, 2008 Washington Post article which quotes Jim Davis on the subject. -- ToET 02:44, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
Garfield Minus Garfield has been mentioned in this article for months. Powers T 13:37, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

lasagna cat[edit]

There is a link to LasagnaCat.com tribute to garfield in External Links section, but there is no mention of this project in the article itself ... I think it should be either 1)in the article somewhere and then in the links or 2)none of these .... this looks more like spam (I know it is not, because the LasagnaCat.com project is great, but well, it should be at least mentioned before linking)--Have a nice day. Running 03:25, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

I read an article in The Onion that of course itself was a parody (like everything in The Onion) about Garfield written from an Onion reporter who has stumbled upon this unknown secret gem (Garfield) and tells people they should discover it, too. Anyway, she says how Garfield likes lasagna and his bed *IS* a lasagna pan. All of sudden, something clicks in my mind and it makes *total* sense to me! Is there any truth to this or is this Onion reporter assuming? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.249.63.153 (talk) 20:51, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

im so glad to know the onion is a parody i had been beliving it —Preceding unsigned comment added by A plague of rainbows (talkcontribs) 13:57, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
Garfield's bed is not a lasagna pan. Once, though, he does try to trick Jon by dressing up a lasagna pan and lying in it, with his blanket covering him. And with the pan full of lasagna, of course. --67.170.119.241 (talk) 04:27, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

marriage is not a prerequisite for conception[edit]

but the further mystery occurs as to how Jon could even have a niece if his only brother, Doc Boy, is not married.

the mystery vanishes —Preceding unsigned comment added by A plague of rainbows (talkcontribs) 15:13, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Cartoonist[edit]

Jon's never seen actually drawing, but check out the comic for September 14th 1978. Looks almost as if he was drawing before getting distracted. [4] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.157.223.54 (talk) 20:45, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

?[edit]

Jon BL's in all the cartoons.

I deleted this statement, it means nothing. it needs to be reworded or referenced. What the hel does BL as a verb mean? --Brideshead (talk) 08:35, 13 April 2008 (UTC)

Professor Garfield[edit]

I agree with the proposal to merge Professor Garfield here. 72.93.75.172 (talk) 04:06, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Cleanup[edit]

This article could stand some cleanup: the themes and settings section could use some copyediting (reliable references and such) so it doesn't violate Wikipedia's no original research policy, the criticism section could probably be moved into a larger section dealing with the influence/impact of the strip, and the article on whole definitely needs more references (preferably of the print variety.) Since there are other articles on comic strips that are featured (Krazy Kat, Calvin and Hobbes), they can be used as a model for this article.

I'd say that all of the references to individual strips should be removed as well. For the most part, they are unnecessary, and there are way too many. Seriously, do we need a quote at the end of almost every sentence? Player 03 (talk) 18:23, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I'll do what I can, but if you're interested, Google News is a good place to start looking for references (be aware that some of the sites require a fee to view the articles); also, if you have books on the subject (not just the comics themselves, but books that touch on the history, production, etc.—Garfield: 20 Years and Still Kicking is an example), that would be helpful.

The Transmogrifier (talk) 06:29, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Where'd the criticism section go? This page needs one on so many levels (merchandising, content, Davis' staff). Nothing on the Davis page either. Km9000 (talk) 22:07, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Comics B-Class Assesment required[edit]

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Problems[edit]

The Vault has been redesigned, but unfortunately, the direct linking to a cartoon no longer works. Can someone find an alternate way? Kimera Kat (talk) 19:18, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

There are print versions of the strips, so they could probably be used as references. I wouldn't know the proper method of citing them though unless they were from a newspaper or treasury/collection book or something like that. Ink Runner (talk) 20:20, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

I found an alternate way. pt.jikos.cz/garfield is the address of the site. It has every Garfield comic from June 19, 1978 to present. --63.3.7.2 (talk) 23:29, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Garfield's speech[edit]

It should be mentioned that Jon can occasionally understand Garfield's "thoughts" if it is conveniant for the strip. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.16.113.101 (talk) 21:36, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

New series?[edit]

"A second series will premiere on Cartoon Network in 2009. The series will be based on the CGI direct-to-DVD movies." I'd like to ask for a source for this statement. I didn't see one anywhere in the article. As a Garfield and Friends fan, I hope it's not true, but that's just me. --Alice2 (talk) 03:40, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure about the reliability of these sources, but...
http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/international/europe/news/2008/06/new_garfield_slopes_over_to_cartoon_network.html
http://dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2008/06/30/new-cg-garfield-to-air-on-cartoon-network/
http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=23758
Ink Runner (talk) 05:35, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! There's not a whole lot of information on it yet, huh? --Alice2 (talk) 05:50, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

June 19, 1978[edit]

I am having trouble reconciling June 19, 1978 with my memory. I started a job in Salt Lake City in January 1978. While I was in SLC, one of the papers (I subscribed to both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News) started running Garfield. I clipped a Garfield cartoon and put it on the bulletin board at work, which I titled "reaching your goals". I was already a Garfield fan, and I think I had been a fan for weeks. I left that job and SLC on July 5.

So this timing just feels too tight. I see that one of the references uses the June 19 date, but do we have a second source?  Randall Bart   Talk  20:37, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Never mind. I found at Garfield's web site the strip in question ran June 27. It was only the ninth strip run, and I was already a big fan. When I got back to Los Angeles, I showed my sister another Garfield strip I had clipped. She rolled her eyes and said "another cartoon cat", but I knew this cat was going places. I had clipped two strips in just three weeks. Wow.  Randall Bart   Talk  20:44, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Recurring subjects and themes section[edit]

...is way too big. Almost nothing there is sourced (and it reeks of original research), so I'm going to cut out a lot of the unnecessary stuff. Ink Runner (talk) 20:03, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

Garfield Gets Real aka Garfield 3D[edit]

Garfield Gets Real (also known as Garfield 3D in some regions) is a computer-generated animated, direct-to-video movie starring Garfield the Cat. Why isn't this movie mentioned in the main article?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield_Gets_Real —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.198.249.57 (talk) 20:01, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

TV specials, Lou Rawls[edit]

I have always felt that the writing of the TV specials was extremely good, and the animation of the Ghost pirates on the Halloween Special was incredible animation. I think the Specials need their own section, possibly their own page.

Nobody has mentioned that Lou Rawls was the singing voice of Garfield in the 1980's TV specials. He did an excellent job. I don't have time to do research on this, but it is mentioned in the Lou Rawls article here on wiki. It should at least be credited and mentioned in the article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Rawls —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.28.216.212 (talk) 08:29, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Suspect History section[edit]

The history section looks strange, borderline vandalism. Lots of out of place formatting issues, and references that point to random pages from reputable sources that are unrelated to the statement with the annotation. Use of the names 'cody', 'kyle', etc also look suspect. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.115.38.3 (talk) 19:33, 30 March 2009 (UTC)


Yes, it was vandalism. The article is back to normal now.

wolvesnthemist (talk) 22:45, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Criticism section[edit]

I've removed it wholesale. Basically, these are all humor websites or self-published sources, which should not be used. None of the listed (smoking, xkcd, Maddox, or even this YouTube video) are experts in the field of comic books. Use of Maddox as a source for other things (Loose Change, Elizabeth Smart, Aaron Ralston) has also been removed from those pages. They are simply not notable. hbdragon88 (talk) 16:54, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

I've restored the section, as I disagree with your assessment of the notability of these sites. MikeWazowski (talk) 05:12, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
C'mon, Mike. Debate with me. What about my assessment do you disagree with? Don't just say "I disagree" and let it be at that. hbdragon88 (talk) 18:50, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

To put it simply, we are giving WP:UNDUE weight to criticism since the sources reference themselves and are not being covered by a third-party source. We are linking to the site themselves. That does not establish notability or actual criticism. hbdragon88 (talk) 18:54, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for File:Garfield the Cat.svg[edit]

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-- Powers T 18:10, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Influences?[edit]

Which comic strips influenced Garfield? Could someone tell me ASAP? BulsaraAndDeacon (talk) 16:42, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Importance[edit]

I think that Garfield should not be only mid importance in the assessment. The strip has had a powerful influence on the comic community, and is still incredibly popular to this day. If Calvin and Hobbes is considered Top importance, shouldn't this be considered top, or at least high. Coby (talk) 04:15, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, I'm talking about WikiProject Comics. Coby (talk) 04:17, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

I would expect them both to be High-importance, but I'm not very familiar with that WikiProject. I would suggest bringing it to the attention of project members at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Comics/Assessment; you'll likely get a better response. Powers T 14:13, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

More Games[edit]

There were much more Garfield games - there is a whole wikipedia category about it

--> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Garfield_video_games

The article gives the impression as if "big fat hairy deal" is the only game which is just not true. Maybe it would be better to link to the category Garfield_video_games or at least list the other games? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.189.218.115 (talk) 22:49, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Image[edit]

I have an image here showing the main cast of Garfield (Garfield, Jon, Liz, Odie, Arlene, Nermal, and Pooky). I made it myself by taking bits of different strips and editing the photos togesther as one. May I upload it? It would update the image shown on this page to feature every character of Garfield. --Codyrox (talk) 22:55, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

Missing Odie Citation[edit]

The PC here is throwing up javascript and login errors (IE 7...) I am unable to get the citation feature to work, but in the Odie section there is a missing citation re: Odie's tongue being pulled out. The strip being referred to is June 17, 1990

Can someone with a FUNCTIONING browser make that entry?

152.132.9.8 (talk) 09:07, 20 July 2011 (UTC) Brad Wilmot

Heathcliff?[edit]

Heathcliff came years before Garfield and looks exactly like him. Why is there no mention of the obvious rip off, (or influence at best) from this original strip? Heathcliff takes off and then a few years later Davis comes up with ANOTHER fat, round-faced, bright orangem wisecracking cat comic strip? Come on! Admiral Bimbo (talk) 20:16, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Find some reliable sources. Anything else is original research. Powers T 21:57, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Political?[edit]

It seems like stretching it to say that the earliest strips contained "moderately conservative" commentary based on one strip making a snarky remark about inflation. Yes, this is political commentary, but conservative? Just because it was poking fun at the Carter Administration? Jon Stewart makes fun of the Obama Administration all the time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.160.99.172 (talk) 22:42, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes, that whole section is rife with speculation sourced only to individual strips. It needs more secondary sources. In the meantime, I've removed the bit about political commentary, as a single strip referring to "the administration" hardly counts as commentary. Powers T 00:41, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Garfield/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.
  1. Failed good article nominee lemsterboy

Concerns

Four citations required.

The site has already been warned twice for breeching fair use policy by adding actual garfield cartoon strips which will certainly be copyright protected. Despite this there are still cartoon stips on the site.

Removing some images and attempting to simply describe the cartoon strip does not give the site a quality feel.

Far too many references are simply from the official garfield website or to garfield cartoon strips.

If a direct quote from the cartoonist is to be used then an acknowledgment of it's source need to be given.

The article is overlong for the information it provides .

Lemsterboy (talk) 23:00, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
Checklist
  1. It is reasonably well written.
    a (prose): b (MoS for lead, layout, word choice, fiction, and lists):
  2. It is factually accurate and verifiable.
    a (references): b (citations to reliable sources): c (OR):
  3. It is broad in its coverage.
    a (major aspects): b (focused):
  4. It follows the neutral point of view policy.
    Fair representation without bias:
  5. It is stable.
    No edit wars, etc.:
  6. It is illustrated by images, where possible and appropriate.
    a (images are tagged and non-free images have fair use rationales): b (appropriate use with suitable captions):
  7. Overall:
    Pass/Fail:

Reviewer: Lemsterboy (talk · contribs) 23:00, 15 September 2012 (UTC)


Gmail[edit]

The only citation is Slashdot comments, that may well be spoof. There is no evidence in Internet Archive or elsewhere, so this may well be untrue. Justinc (talk) 08:25, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

The internet archive lists Garfield.com as having an "e-garfield" email account on the domain "e-garfield.com" - NOT "gmail.com"Internet archive — Preceding unsigned comment added by 31.52.184.253 (talk) 08:31, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

George the Monkey?[edit]

Why does it say George the Monkey — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.110.0.226 (talk) 20:32, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

It's been fixed. —PC-XT+ 04:12, 2 July 2014 (UTC)