Garfield creator Jim Davis has been the subject of several entertaining and informative interviews recently, and we wanted to share them with you!
“Jim Davis Explains Why Garfield Loves Lasagna and Hates Mondays and Why People Love Garfield” via Huffington Post: “Garfield's widespread appeal is as a sort of feline everyman who experiences what we do, but says what we do not. The very first products done had lines like I Hate Mondays, I'd Like Mondays Better If It Started Later, and things people did not want to say themselves but they would let Garfield say it for them. It is the attitude that people gravitate to because he is such a great escape for that."
“Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons” via The Daily Beast: ‘For a good half hour, I really like to make people feel like it was worth the time,’ says Garfield creator Jim Davis. ‘So I like to make them laugh, make them cry, make them think.’”
“Jim Davis on Garfield’s Influence in the Age of the Internet Cat” via Wired: “It seems it doesn’t matter what kind of meme it is, if there’s play on the feline take-it-or-leave-it approach, then it’s a hit. That would make it easy to assume the Internet has been a surprising PR boon for the brand of humor cats bring to the table. In actuality, though, we should have seen it coming—Jim Davis certainly did. As the father of one of the most Internet-friendly pre-Internet felines of all time—Garfield—he’s been getting LOLs out of cat jokes for more than 35 years.”
“Garfield Creator Jim Davis on His Creation and Why Bill Murray Would Do Another Movie” via Indiewire: “I thought, I'll give the cat human thoughts and feelings but not be apologetic for it. That would be very catlike. So I envisioned Garfield, which was my grandfather's name, and he was a large, stubborn man with these human feelings. I let some people I knew influence the character and put them together. From there I created contrasts like Odie and other characters, because they really create the humor.”
“Jim Davis Wanted Garfield’s Halloween Adventure to at Least Scare 4-Year-Olds” via The A.V. Club: “Twenty-five years ago this October, Jim Davis’ popular comic strip Garfield took an unexpected detour through The Twilight Zone, running a week-long dream sequence in which the orange tabby with an insatiable appetite wakes up alone in a long-abandoned house. Surreal, unsettling, and free of punchlines, the storyline proved divisive among the strip’s audience.”