What was the first pop culture you collected as a kid? 

In honor of the O.G. Force Friday—which didn’t really happen in any significant way this year, thanks to the weird rollout for Solo merchandising—The A.V. Club decided to ask the following question in honor of all that memorabilia we’ve collected through the years:

Challenging new reading of Garfield reframes canonical "anti-Mondays" stance

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s Jim Davis’ warm, rounded illustrations. Or, hey, maybe it’s our mutual love of lasagna. But Garfield the cat has not only come to stand at the intersection of a fertile litter of online debate, but he’s also ensured that these inquiries, no matter how crude, are explored with a wealth…

Garfield creator Jim Davis finds “dog semen” theory hard to swallow

There are a few precepts that are accepted as read within the Garfield universe: Garfield hates Mondays. Garfield loves lasagna. Neither Odie nor Nermal actually exist, but are rather psychic manifestations of Garfield’s subconscious fears of abandonment. And of course, in one classic strip, Garfield’s owner Jon chugs…

It’s Monday: Please enjoy this selection of terrible Garfield merchandise from eBay

Garfield has been around since the dawn of time, drolly reflecting on Mondays, lasagna, the meaninglessness of existence, and how pleasant it is to be asleep. Jim Davis’ decision to turn his creation into every possible form of merchandise over the course of decades has resulted in more shitty Garfield products than…

Mondays still bad as the surreal Lasagna Cat returns to the internet after nine years away

Out of the cottage industry of internet humor mocking Jim Davis’ Garfield, few entries are as ambitious or as surreal as Fatal Farm’s Lasagna Cat. Beginning with a live-action recreation of some random Garfield strip—featuring actors performing in terrifying Jon, Odie, and Garfield costumes and delivering the lamest…

Garfield’s Jon Arbuckle brags about his sexual prowess in this Drake mashup

Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle, is unlikely to shed his image as a sexless, socially inept nerd any time soon. But consider the facts of the case. He’s been an essential player in a successful multimedia franchise for nearly 40 years, meaning that he’s recognized all over the world. Besides being a musician and…

X2 and Mr Potato Head: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Read This: This Garfield Facebook page is the web’s last bastion of sincerity

So much depends upon an overweight, orange tabby, devouring lasagna atop a kitchen counter. If a Gizmodo piece by Ashley Feinberg is to be believed, a private Facebook group devoted to Jim Davis’ long-running comic strip Garfield might just be the last refuge of sincerity and sweetness on the entire internet. For the…

The best Funny Animals from Ape to Zazu

While some animals can be funny, not all animals can be Funny Animals. A trope that’s specifically defined by the existence of anthropomorphic animals that generally live as humans—homes, clothes, bipedal stance and all—Funny Animals are more Goofy than Pluto. Goofy’s got a hat and a voice, after all, while Pluto…

Hetfield The Cat pairs Garfield’s ennui with Metallica’s rage

Garfield Minus Garfield’s existential angst and despair may have just been one-upped by a new parody cartoon: Hetfield The Cat. The creation of Chicago cartoonist/musician Jimmy Two Hands (who’s also responsible for Danziggy, a hybrid of Misfits lyrics and the loveable funny pages loser Ziggy), Hetfield The Cat grafts…

Jon Arbuckle’s loneliness, set to They Might Be Giants’ “Dead”

Poor Jon Arbuckle. Without Garfield, he’s nothing but a sad and lonely man. The website Garfield Minus Garfield has made a point to remove panels of the cat from each cartoon strip, and reposts the results displaying Jon’s horrific existential angst and depression. But YouTuber Jeff Stormer has taken the whole sad…

A Garfield Christmas is a sincere Christmas card from the comics’ most cynical cat

For the past three years, The A.V. Club has devoted the month of December to reflecting on our favorite holiday entertainments, and this year is no different. It’s a feature so nice, it’s never had the same name twice, and this year it’s the 12 Days Of Non-Denominational Winter Holidays. Today: the 1987 animated…