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Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis featuring Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, and their owner Jon Arbuckle. As of 2007, it is syndicated in roughly 2,570 newspapers and journals and it currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. The popularity of the strip has led to an animated television series, several animated television specials and two theatrical feature-length live-action films, as well as a large amount of Garfield merchandise.
Garfield is a fictional character in the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis. He is a lazy, fat, selfish, orange, anthropomorphic tabby cat who enjoys eating, sleeping, stealing Jon's meals, and being mean to Odie by kicking him off the table. He hates Mondays because he suffers bad luck on those days, such as being struck by a pie coming from nowhere, and considers himself to be more intelligent than humans, dogs, or other animals. He also enjoys performing on a wooden fence in the middle of the night, although he is usually booed at and bombarded with various objects by his agitated audience. He hates spiders, and often swats them with a newspaper or whatever may be close to a paw. Sometimes, he shreds Jon's curtains and destroys/eats his ferns, resulting in Jon's becoming very angry at him for it. He is also known for destroying the flowerbeds of Jon and their neighbor, Mrs. Feeny, as well as tormenting her dog. Jim Davis named Garfield after his grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis. According to an interview with Jim Davis in the second Garfield compilation book, Garfield Gains Weight, the name "Garfield" makes him think of "...a fat cat...or a St. Bernard...or a neat line of thermal underwear."