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Today’s Garfield is bad timing, not anti-veteran
Today’s Garfield has raised eyebrows for some fans and readers. The strip depicts Garfield poised to kill a spider to which the spider responds by warning that if killed, the day would be an annual observance and ends with the words, “Does anyone here know why we celebrate ‘National Stupid Day’?”
Garfield creator Jim Davis says that the strip was written long ago and nobody tracked to see what day it would run on. Unfortunately, it ran on a day of remembrance – Veteran’s Day. Jim has issued an apology for the regrettable oversight.
Dear Friends, Fans, and Veterans:
In what has to be the worst timing ever, the strip that runs in today’s paper seems to be making a statement about Veteran’s Day. It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance.
Regarding today’s Garfield comic strip, it was written almost a year ago and I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today — of all days. I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days, so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veteran’s Day. What are the odds? You can bet I’ll have a calendar that lists EVERYTHING by my side in the future.
My brother Dave served in Vietnam. My son James is a Marine who has had two tours of duty, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’d have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our Veterans have done for all of us.
Please accept my sincere apologies for any offense today’s Garfield may have created. It was unintentional and regrettable.