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No. 3211: B

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=3211

Strip by: SonicLover

{"B" title card featuring B tripping over the last in a line of colorful blocks}
{A approaches a plate with a pickle chip on it, looking surprised}
A: !
A: (B)!
{B enters}
A: When I left this room, there was a hamburger on this plate
A: When I returned, all that was left was this pickle chip
A: Now, I have my suspicions, but I don't want to jump to any hasty conclusions
A: So tell me... what should I do?
B: You could leave the room again so I could take care of that pickle chip

The author writes:

This is one of those SRoMGs that won't make a lick of sense without an explanation, so here I go.

A while back, an issue of GAMES Magazine (I'd like to say exactly which one, but it doesn't seem to be in my collection any more) contained a multi-topic quiz. One section of the quiz featured a series of newspaper comic dialogue transcripts with the characters' names stripped out and replaced with letters; the quiz-taker's task was to guess what comic was being quoted and which character each letter represented based on the dialogue.

Naturally, not only was Garfield one of the comics chosen for the quiz, but the strip they transcribed was the very one I've used as the base for this SRoMG. (I remember it well because it's the only one I managed to get, although I think one of the others was Dilbert.) I've replaced Jon and Garfield with A and B in exactly the way the quiz did, although the transcripts in the quiz didn't include actions or scene descriptions, nor did they include the throwaway panels (which explains why B is first mentioned before A is).

Fun fact: I needed to find new image editing software in order to make this edit, since every editor I've used so far either stopped working right or didn't have the features I needed (or both). You'd think finding such software for Mac OS would be easier. The fact that I'm submitting this SRoMG on Christmas Day is no coincidence, since I used a gift card I got for Christmas to pay the upgrade-to-full-version fee for a good image editing program I found on the App Store.

[[Original strip: 2000-06-25.]]

Original strip: 2000-06-25.