Cartoonists at their Desks

Tolles Tumblr voller Comiczeichner an ihren Schreibtischen: Cartoonists at their Desks (via Flooby Nooby). Und Apropos Garfield, den hier hatte ich neulich in den Links, passt hier hervorragend: Jim Davies hatte Garfield von Anfang an als marktoptimiertes Konsumvehikel konzipiert, optimiert für Merchandising und Lizenzverkäufe:

Davis makes no attempt to conceal the crass commercial motivations behind his creation of Garfield. ... [Davis] carefully studied the marketplace when developing Garfield. The genesis of the strip was "a conscious effort to come up with a good, marketable character," Davis told Walter Shapiro in a 1982 interview in the Washington Post. "And primarily an animal. … Snoopy is very popular in licensing. Charlie Brown is not." So, Davis looked around and noticed that dogs were popular in the funny papers, but there wasn't a strip for the nation's 15 million cat owners. Then, he consciously developed a stable of recurring, repetitive jokes for the cat. He hates Mondays. He loves lasagna. He sure is fat.

Garfield was created to fill a marketing niche, not to be funny