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November 22, 2004

Man in Orange T-Shirt Alert

imageThese things usually go play to movie, don't they? After raking in a surprising amount in worldwide box office (almost $200 million), a Jim Davis-penned Garfield Christmas play is being mounted on the East Coast.

What's potentially interesting about this is (1) Davis sounds slightly more hands-on here, which makes sense considering he once may have been better known in his local community as someone involved with the downtown Civic Theater than as a cartoonist, and (2) Cartoonists seem to love the stage, maybe because of the success of Annie, Li'l Abner, and the two Charles Schulz-related stage efforts. I once heard that Mort Walker financed his own play production of Beetle Bailey just for the pleasure of seeing it live, although I don't know if that's true.
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