Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Cat-tle and Hum


The most unlikely part of this dilemma is that he asks his cat if he ever hums. Everyone gets songs caught in their head. Everyone knows at least one cat food jingle, probably the Meow Mix song, because it is diabolically catchy and hilarious. I don't know if Alpo used to have a jingle of any note, but maybe Garfield also remembers that one from his endorsement deal back in the day. But Jon has been under a daily barrage of un-catlike behavior from Garfield, and constantly treats him as an equal. I love those moments when the unreality of this world becomes such a matter of course that Jon can just assume that Garfield has the ability to hum.

Mechanics of Garfield Thought Bubbles: Garfield is usually able to prompt Jon's disgusted sideways glance through meaningful silences and body language. Today a lack of verbal response and movement would indicate tot he casual reader that today violates the cardinal rule that Jon cannot hear Garfield's thoughts. Among the possibilities is a subtle version of: "Did I... really just ask my cat if he ever hums?"

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is entirely possible that some (tens of) minutes have passed between the second and third panels. Garfield has taken his time composing his response, and Jon had nothing better to do than to idly stare at different parts of the empty room -- most likely humming to himself.

Tim said...

I want chicken
I want liver
Meow Mix Meow Mix
Please deliver

Vincent said...

Twenty-eight years of receiving nothing but "meaningful silences and body language" from his cat has, perhaps, embedded in Mr. Arbuckle an almost Pavlovian response to any time he asks Garfield a question (or leaves room for response).

Is it a form masochism? Or a routine validation of Jon's existence?

luke said...

Anonymous- I like your theory. I'm going to start applying that to all Garfield strips.

Ben said...

I like to take a moment and change the amount of time that passes between different panels. Days or months can often be a fun time scale - often resulting in epic battles or more often epic apathy. On this time scale, Garfield has still not gotten out of his bed/box after several days, so of course he's hungry. Jon has let months pass obsessing over Liz, waiting at the phone, staring into emptiness.

I try reversing the panels but that doesn't really work much.

Elliot said...

Where are you? I'm getting worried.

luke said...

Yes, this is very upsetting. Whatever takes a front seat to Garfield analysis can't be good...

Ryan Ferneau said...

Even the F5 key isn't making new posts appear! It's so sad!

Lisa said...

Missing yo.u

Fried Noodle said...

What happened? How can I read Garfield without over-complicating analysis? Noooo!

luke said...

After some detective work I have determined that Mr. Stangl is quite active on his other blog writing reviews for "Teen Wolf." How this is more important than Garfield I will never know.

Ian said...

Teen Wolf? Dammit, man, Liz is wearing a tube top, and we're getting reviews for Teen Wolf

Anonymous said...

More analysis please! There are such riches to mine from the new strips with the Liz angle. Don't leave us now!

Ben said...

Just as I send this site to absolutely everyone I know, the posts die. They insult me daily, so not only does this affect me while I'm at work (I have to do work instead of learning more of the Tao of Garfield) but I also get grilled at home. You are destroying my life. It's like the crack dealers who give out the first hit free. You have me hooked and now my world is crumbling around me. What do you want? My cat? Money? Hookers that look as unlike/like Liz as possible? My future firstborn? Ahhhhh!!!!!

Josh Millard said...

GODDAM YOU
TELL ME WHAT TO THINK ABOUT GARFIELD

I NEED THIS

Nik said...

I don't actually read Garfield. I read Garfield through this site. So now I have no idea what's not happening in the strip.

Zarate said...

This is so weird. Does he even KNOW that we have noticed his disappearance? If he is doing other things as people have said, then why can't he at least put up a blurb saying so? This is a great page and I know we have no entitlement to it, but I needs my fix, yo.

Mike said...

Mike needs his new garfield analysis not because of the break down of the strip its self (which is very funny) but for the strange insight into the human condition that is given within.

also your contradicting your mission statement of 'A Week of Garfield. Every Week. Until We Die.' i'm not dead yet, therefore please continue making this blog mr blogger/Chris Stangl

Riley said...

Funny!!

Nyperold said...

Yes, he has, Jon. <a href="http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1994/ga941204.gif>And it was your fault!</a>

Does this imply that the tune in the 1994-12-04 strip was a cat food jingle, or part of one?