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30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna: The Life & Times of a Fat, Furry Legend! (Garfield) Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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I admire the fat orange cat, who is really an anti-heroic anti-cat. He drinks coffee, he never chases mice, he eats Pizza and Lasagna, he watches TV all day, and now he has fun with a cellphone and the Internet. But he does eat cat food, hates dogs, sing on a fence, play with yarn, etc. And let's not forget the rest of the cast. Dim-witted Odie and nerdy Jon Arbuckle (who now has Liz as a girlfriend) accompany Garfield throughout almost every daily strip. Liz, Pooky, Nermal, Arlene, Irma, the mail carrier, and Jon's farm family make up the rest of the cast.
I know the comics from 2001 to present are weaker compared to the golden age of Garfield comics (the 80's and early 90's), but they still make me smile every time. And this book, "Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna" should be with every Garfield fan (whether die-hard or modest). It sums up the history of the comic's publication, the creation of major characters, Jim Davis's favorite strips, and more. But what happens when Garfield is no more? I doubt that this would end in a few years, but I'll still remember the pure delight that I've had with the fat orange cat and his many diverse companions.
This is, until I start reading this book.
I mostly preform the Garfield's more modern look. But the wonderful,
surly humor is the same.
In my mind, humor helps to make the world go around. And Garfield
is one of the reasons, it's spinning with a smile.
30 Years of Laugh and Lasagna is just that, without the bib and messy food. Davis and company break the strip down decade by decade and give prime examples why Garfield is so popular. I still laugh at the Bad potato strip even though it is so darn silly! Simple, and obvious, but that is comic strip humor at its' best. Inbetween the humor, Davis writes short descriptions of the decades and his history. I never knew that he was Tom Ryans' assistant on Tumbleweeds, another strip I enjoy.
The icing on the cake, the chocolate on the cookie, the peanut butter on the jam, is the 30 faves that Davis includes on the end. Davis is no one dimensional cartoonist, clearly, he even includes a dentist joke (feed the teeth!).
You'll laugh until your lasagnas cooked.
Quality book, a must have for Garfield fans.
"Chuck Jones, the great animator, said that every artist has a hundred thousand bad drawings in him, and the sooner you get those out of the way, every drawing is going to be good. [...] The skill is born from a love of drawing. The more you enjoy it, the more your draw. The more you draw, the better you get."
My kids are both interested in drawing, and this encourages them to keep drawing even though the results aren't perfect every time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for a friend who turns 61 on August 8 th. He's a Garfield groupie..
I couldn't be more pleased.
Son likes this book a lot. Found it cheaper on Amazon. He can't wait to get more Garfield BooksPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great! Awesome! Radical! Fantastic! Ideal! Excellent! Lasagna filled! Delightful!! GO GARFIELD!!!Published 22 months ago by Bob Fartsworthy
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