In his 1982 interview with Shapiro, Davis admitted to spending only 13
or 14 hours a week writing and drawing the strip, compared to 60 hours a
week doing promotion and licensing.
Garfield's origins were so mercantile that it's fair to say he never
sold out-he never had any integrity to put on the auction block to begin
with. But today Davis spends even less time on the strip than he used to-
between three days and a week each month. During that time, he collaborates
with another cartoonist to generate ideas and rough sketches, then hands
them over to Paws employees to be illustrated.
Ferrett, Garfield—Why we hate the Mouse but not
the cartoon copycat. By Chris Suellentrop
This certainly explains Bill
Watterson's comment about Garfield being “consistent.” It also
puts a different spin on my meeting Jim
Davis, creator of Garfield.
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