When I was a kid, the only comics I was really into were the ones found in the Sunday funnies. They’re among the first things I can remember reading to myself, and they still hold a special place in my heart, even if I have to read them online now. And as a child of the 80s, I was very into Garfield. He was fat, he was ginger, he had an attitude problem that I couldn’t really understand (do we really understand how horrible Mondays are until we’re adults?) but found hysterical. Garfield was the cat that I wanted to have but my childhood allergies prohibited, so I contented myself with owning all the Garfield things. One of the five million Garfield books published during that time was my first “comic book.” I’ve lost track of my favorite fat cat over the years, but when BOOM! let me know about the most recent story arc in their Garfield series? My inner seven-year old came out. So without further ado, I give you the good news about Garfield: His 9 Lives!
December 3, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – In 1984, Jim Davis created an instant classic with a groundbreaking series of illustrated short stories called Garfield: His 9 Lives, setting the Fat Cat in various eras. It went on to be an animated special in 1988 with some of the most unique reimaginings of Garfield. This January, KaBOOM!, the award-winning all-ages imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to relive this classic with a four-part event starting in January’s Garfield #33: His 9 Lives, Part 1.
“Garfield: His 9 Lives was such a fun look at everyone’s favorite Fat Cat that we couldn’t resist inviting an all-star cast of cartoonists to carry on the torch,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is Garfield as you’ve never seen him before, depicted in each artist’s own unique way across time, from Cave Cat to Space Cat. This is an event you won’t want to miss.”
The journey begins with “Cave Cat,” as David DeGrand (Spongebob Comics) takes us back to Garfield’s first life, during the earliest days of life on Earth. Then, Kari Smith (Plume) illustrates “King Cat,” as we see how Garfield got down in Ancient Egypt. Subsequent issues will include contributions from Frazer Irving (Batman & Robin), Andy Hirsch (Garfield), Roger Langridge (Snarked), Brittney Williams (Adventure Time), Yehudi Mercado (Rocket Salvage), and Genevieve FT (Adventure Time).
Garfield #33: His 9 Lives, Part 1 arrives in comic shops from KaBOOM! on January 7th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV141154. The main cover is illustrated by series artist Andy Hirsch, with an incentive cover by Kari Smith. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 15th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.