I never really liked or hated Garfield, and I have to say that, yes, I have felt a strange ambivalence towards the lazy cat. Turns out, that’s what Jim Davis was gunning for all along: ambivalence. Interesting to think that a toon success story (in a sense) could be so thoroughly pre-planned.

(Slate: “Garfield: Why we hate the Mouse but not the cartoon copycat.” by Chris Suellentrop [June 11, 2004]; originally via Pandagon)