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Title:
Garfield at 25 : in dog years I'd be dead
Author:
Davis, Jim, 1945 July 28-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.

©2002
Physical Description:
221 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
Foreword by Dave Barry.

"Featuring an exclusive look at Garfield's big 25th-birthday bash"--Cover.
Language:
English
Contents:
Birth of a fat furry legend -- Comics cavalcade -- Cartoonists' convention -- Publishing powerhouse -- Say it with Garfield! -- Garfield goes Hollywood -- Stuck on you: The phenomenon -- Garfield stuff from A to Z -- 'Toon talk: An interview with Jim Davis -- Art of Garfield -- Garfield for President -- Education sensation -- Around the world in 25 years -- Fat cat fanatics -- Q & A with G -- Paws: The house that Garfield Built -- Photo fun fest -- Did you know? -- Outtakes.
ISBN:
9780345452047
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Experience twenty-five years of the furry phenomenon known as Garfield with this fun, in-depth, and lavishly illustrated book.

Jim Davis's grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis, was a big, cantankerous, outspoken man. Garfield is a big, cantankerous, outspoken cat. Coincidence? Of course not. The cartoon affectionately modeled on his grandfather has propelled creator Jim Davis-and Garfield-into the realm of comic superstardom. In this book, you'll get a unique look back at the humble beginnings and enormous success of America's favorite feline.

In Dog Years I'd Be Dead takes a comprehensive look at everything Garfield- the comics, the television shows, the zillions of products (who on the planet hasn't seen the grinning plush doll suction-cupped to a car window?), and, of course, the fans. You'll get the inside scoop about the pioneering comic-strip books that set the standard for the industry with a shape now called the "Garfield format." You'll venture into the studio where the voice talent recorded TV shows, and hear about the antics of special guest stars like Jonathan Winters and Buddy Hackett. Loaded with never-before-seen archival gems from Jim Davis's personal collection and tribute cartoons from legends like Beetle Bailey 's Mort Walker, Blondie 's Dean Young, and The Family Circus 's Bil Keane, this is a book to treasure.


Author Notes

Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945 In Marion, Indiana. He grew up on a small farm where his father raised black angus cows and his mother raised 25 cats. At a young age, asthma forced him inside and to entertain himself, he began to draw. Not well at first, but well enough to know he liked it and could become good at it. After college, Davis went to work for an advertising agency for two years.

During his two years at the agency, Davis drew a comic called "Gnorm Gnat" which ran in one newspaper. Davis was unable to sell the comic to more papers, but he continued to draw it for five years. On June 17, 1978, "Garfield" a comic about cats, began circulating in 41 newspapers. It now appears in over 2600 newspapers worldwide and is the most widely syndicated Sunday comic in the U. S.. Garfield has had dozens of bestselling books, a CBS television series and 13 prime time specials. 33 Garfield books have appeared on the New York Time's Bestsellers List, 11 hitting number 1. Seven titles appeared simultaneously on the list in 1983. Davis has won four Emmys for writing in the Outstanding Animated Program Category for "Garfield on the Town" in 1983, "Garfield in the Rough" in 1984, "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" in 1985, and "Garfield's Babes and Bullets" in 1989. The "Garfield and Friends" animated series debuted in 1988.

In 1981, Davis created Paws, Inc., a watchdog company for Garfield merchandise and artwork. Also in 1981 and again in 1986, Davis was named Best Humor Strip Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. In 1985, the NCS gave him the Elzie Segar Award for Outstanding Contribution Made to the Cartoon Industry. Davis received the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Strip of the Year in 1989. Each of his thirteen prime time specials have been nominated for Emmys on top of the four he has won. In 1990, Davis was given the Good Steward Award by the National Arbor Day Foundation for his efforts in the reforestation of Indiana. He is also involved with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Federation's "Build a Schoolyard Habitat" campaign.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities gave Davis the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985 for dedication to higher education, and in 1991, Ball State University and Perdue University awarded Davis honorary doctorate degrees.

(Bowker Author Biography)