My friend Jason Rodriguez is a writer and editor of comic books (Colonial Comics, Try Looking Ahead, Once Upon a Time Machine). What he is not is a cartoonist. But when we began a conversation about how bland and repetitive Garfield is, Jason was inspired to draw a few strips about Garfield’s tropes coming back to do him in. He filled his strips with ennui and philosophical ideas. They contrast with Garfield’s dumb jokes in a way that I adore. Eventually, Jason completed 10 strips and dubbed them the Nine Lives of Garfield. Here they are all in one place for the first time.
About the artist (good luck reading this one)
While Jason was making these, I turned 40. He made one extra one about aging. We’ll consider this an alternate, alternate universe Garfield.