by Beth Andrews
My husband doesn't read the comics page of our newspaper. Weird, I know, but I love him anyway.
I've been a comic fan since way back. As a child, I'd read the comics each and every day and anxiously looked forward to Sunday when each comic strip wasn't only just twice as long, but they had more of them. And they were in color! You'd find me on the floor with the comics spread out in front of me as I happily read about Spiderman's adventures or following the maze like footsteps of one of the kids in Family Circus or wondering what the heck all those *&^%$%meant as Sarge pummeled poor Beetle Bailey.
I've loved many a comic strip series in my day; Hi and Lois, BC, Blondie but my absolute favorites were (and still are) Peanuts (Snoopy! Charlie Brown! Linus and Rerun! I adore them all *g*) Calvin and Hobbes (was this one of the greatest strips ever, or what? I adored Calvin, the little boy with the HUGE imagination and his dry-witted stuffed tiger who only came to life for Calvin. And his long-suffering parents were a hoot *ggg*) and Speedbump (so funny!)
But my absolute favorite comic strip of all time was and always will be: Garfield. Which is weird since I:
a. Don't own a cat, have never owned and never will own cat
b. Am terribly allergic to cats (which is the reason for the above 'a')
But I love Garfield. I still have at least a dozen Garfield books that I bought with my babysitting and chore money as a kid, and in highschool I had a stuffed Garfield, his stuffed teddy and various figurines. When I graduated, I received more than my fair share of Garfield cards and even a stuffed Garfield complete with cap and gown :-)
Sadly, I outgrew my need to collect Garfield memorabilia, but I hope I never outgrow my love for that fat, orange cat.
He's sarcastic, confident, has no body issues what-so-ever (no matter what the scale says) loves lasagna, coffee and Jon and Odie (although it's sometimes hard to tell) and hates Mondays.
What's not to love? ;-)
How about you? Do you read the comics or flip right past? Do you have a favorite comic strip?
And, last but not least, I have goodies to give away! I have a signed copy of Tawny's Does She Dare and some yummy chocolate covered sunflower seeds! Be the first to answer the following questions correctly right here on the blog and you'll win! That's it. Sounds easy, doesn't it? *g* Okay, the questions are:
1. What is the name of Garfield's stuffed teddy bear?
2. Garfield had a girlfriend at one point (though I haven't seen her lately). What was/is her name?
3. Jon's best friend used to show up in the strip regularly (again, not lately though) What was/is this best friend's name?
4. What is the cute little kitten's name who used to torment Garfield (where are all these characters??)
That's it! Good luck :-)