You’d think a strip that famous would have a least one person that would have caught that. Unless it’s a big publicity stunt to get people to talk about Garfield again; if it was.. it worked for a day at least.
Garfield’s creator Jim Davis issued the following damage control statement:
Dear Friends, Fans and Veterans:
In what has to be the worst timing ever, the strip that runs in today’s paper seems to be making a statement about Veterans. It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance.
Regarding today’s Garfield comic strip , it was written almost a year ago and I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today — of all days. I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veterans Day. What are the odds? You can bet I’ll have a calendar that lists everything by my side in the future.
My brother Dave served in Vietnam. My son James is a Marine who has had two tours of duty, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’d have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our Veterans have done for all of us.
Please accept my apologies for any offense today’s Garfield may have created. It was unintentional and regrettable.
I still don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibly that it was a secret publicity stunt. I hope not though, because that would be very distasteful.