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01 August 2017 @ 06:33 am
Is Garfield supposed to be funny?  
The article says, “Unlike New Yorker cartoons, in which, you are actually missing the joke, Garfield is in fact not even designed to be funny.”

First of all, one does not “miss the joke” in traditional (not Charles Addams) New Yorker cartoons; one recognizes that it is a joke, without actually laughing. And Garfield was originally funny. It has merely followed the standard life cycle of comic strips, in which it starts out funny and winds up coasting on people’s memories of how funny it used to be (Peanuts, Dilbert). I suspect there was a time when Beetle Bailey was funny, although I personally do not remember it.
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on August 1st, 2017 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think it's a little more subtle than that ... The standard life cycle of comic strips is that they use up the humor in the situations they create, and wind up recycling old jokes. Thus a kid coming across Garfield or the late Peanuts for the first time will in fact find it funny; those of us who have read the same strip for years will not, because we've seen this too many times before.

"Bad potato!"
Elenbarathi: Knowledgeelenbarathi on August 1st, 2017 07:11 pm (UTC)
This. Also, kids are merrily uncritical, and will literally fall down laughing at bad puns, stupid knock-knock jokes and ancient shaggy-dog stories.

"How can the world become a bore
When nothing has been done before?"

There's a difference between missing the joke, and just not thinking it's funny. The New Yorker tends to be too enamoured of its lit'ry pretensions, which gets old fast - give me Snoopy on his Sopwith Camel any day.
Nehama: cat and booksmed_cat on August 2nd, 2017 02:38 am (UTC)
Hmm, an interesting point of view. I find all of these strips funny at times...

And yes, I agree re: New Yorker cartoons, they're funny but it's a subtler form of humor, I'd say.
eub on August 2nd, 2017 07:49 am (UTC)
Well, when the New Yorker has Roz Chast cartoons, those are essentially a higher plane of Garfield, aren't they?