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Garfaversary

I'm two days behind in posting about this (I don't post about ANYTHING the day it happens anymore, apparently...) but happy 40th anniversary, Garfield! :)

I still remember back when Garfield's 25th anniversary was pretty recent. I was REALLY obsessed with Garfield in that era (2003-2004)... I can't believe that era was fifteen years ago. (Or that, interestingly enough, I'm going to be 25 in less than a month!)


Mini-rant time: I kinda don't like how there are soooo many people nowadays (especially authors of other comics I like) who think that Garfield is objectively never funny, or objectively less funny than it used to be, or what have you... because of them (and especially because of how, at least in 2013-2015 or so, Square Root of Minus Garfield steadily became less about what I liked about it - surreal, often mathematical mashups of Garfield strips - and more of a place for people to edit Garfield comics to insult fans of whatever they don't like, which is more often than not Garfield itself), I feel like I'm not allowed to like what I like. Not even the fact that I know there's plenty of Garfield fans in my LJ friends list keeps me from worrying about it. :( And yes, a big part of why I'm posting this entry is so hopefully I can finally get this off my chest after worrying about it sporadically for the past several years.

EDIT: And now that the YouTube video that made me worry about this the most recently and motivated me to post a mini-rant like this showed up in related videos a second time, might as well link to it in this entry.

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xxmadsenxx
Jun. 22nd, 2018 05:03 am (UTC)

I loved reading the Garfield comics in the paper when I was a kid. My son has a few Garfield comic books that he likes a lot.

matt1993
Jun. 22nd, 2018 05:06 am (UTC)
Me too :) Though I didn't read them in the paper so much as I read them in my Garfield books (I collected so many of those over the years... I still have them and collect more today!) and on garfield.com. And in 2004*, 2017, and 2018 I had Garfield page-a-day calendars. :)

*Yes, I was obsessed enough with Garfield that I still remember exactly which non-recent year it was I had a Garfield page-a-day calendar. :)

Edited at 2018-06-22 05:14 am (UTC)
pathvain_aelien
Jun. 23rd, 2018 08:23 pm (UTC)
You worry too much. As long as you enjoy it, that's all that matters. :)
matt1993
Jun. 24th, 2018 07:02 pm (UTC)
:)

Sometimes that's hard to believe when Garfield fans get made fun of for being Garfield fans, though... You're probably going to say that none of the examples I mentioned are making fun of Garfield fans, but go to the Square Root of Minus Garfield archive, find "Garfield's Fan Dumb" or something like that (I'd link to that one directly but the longer my subconscious can pretend that that one doesn't actually exist, the better... it's sometime between when I was still reading SROMG regularly and when I'd started trying to catch up on everything, so 2012-2015 probably), and tell me if you're still sure that they're not making fun of Garfield fans.
pathvain_aelien
Jun. 24th, 2018 08:29 pm (UTC)
It doesn't matter if some people make fun of what you like, if you like it, that's all that matters. And you are just being overly sensitive, which is fine but no one is actually seriously making fun of the fans. But even if they were, it doesn't matter at all. You like something, like it. Someone else doesn't, okay. That's fine. That doesn't mean that you can't like it, because you can and you should. And no one expects you to STOP liking something because they don't like it.
matt1993
Jun. 25th, 2018 10:37 pm (UTC)
Okay. I'll take your word for it. You did see the SROMG strip I'm talking about, though, right?
pathvain_aelien
Jun. 25th, 2018 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yep.
xxmadsenxx
Jul. 20th, 2018 06:51 am (UTC)

I think there will always be people who like Garfield. I always liked Garfield, but I haven't read any Garfield comics in a long time. I used to read the Garfield Comic strip in the Comics section of the newspaper every Sunday when I was a kid. And I loved the Garfield cartoon show as a kid. And I've told you this before, but my oldest son has some Garfield comic books that he really likes. There will always be plenty of people who like Garfield.

xxmadsenxx
Jul. 20th, 2018 06:52 am (UTC)

Oh wait, this is the same entry I commented on haha. I don't know why it showed up in my friends feed again. Oh well, sorry for commenting twice!

matt1993
Jul. 20th, 2018 09:09 am (UTC)
No worries :)

I'm less worried about it now - there's Garfield stuff on Quidd and it turns out Garfield is, like, the one thing on there that so far I haven't seen anyone get angry about. :)
matt1993
Jul. 20th, 2018 09:46 am (UTC)
And I also loved Garfield & Friends as well :) I got the whole series on DVD years ago (2007 or 2008 probably?) and started trying to watch the whole thing, and got pretty far, but at some point I got sidetracked and never finished it. And I don't remember how far I've got so I'd have to start from the beginning. But SOMEDAY I'll finish it! :)

I think that's the longest I've ever procrastinated anything that I know for a fact I can finish...
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