Saturday, April 29, 2006

Crisis on Infinite Purrs


I guess the joke is that even though people are in danger, Garfield can't decide if he should prevent their deaths or eat a donut.

It kind of falls apart on realizing that Garfield is just pretending to be a superhero, and no citizens are really in distress - i.e., there are no stakes to his being distracted by a donut.

Funniest part by a mile: the expression of sheer horror in panel two, as Garfield sees a donut and knows he shouldn't eat it, knows the repercussions, but knows that he can't stop himself. He knows his failings, his lack of willpower, knows he is controlled by destructive drives. Garfield doesn't want to eat the donut, and knows he will eat it anyway. Even in his fantasy world, Garfield cannot saddle his unhealthy food addiction to save a human life.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Davis has finally drawn some attention toward the downside of Garfield's emotionally-crippling and physically-debilitating eating disorder.
Although I do vaguely recall a strip where Jon once put him on a diet, and a week into it, he went into a state of Trainspotting-esque hallucinogenic withdrawal...

The David Rayko said...

The strip gains a dimension of dark humor if we change our assumptions slightly.

a) There really are people in danger. Either Garfield has been watching the news or he can see them right outside the house.

b) Garfield really does believe he has the power to save them. Pathos!