June 19, 2013: Today is Garfield the Cat Day, celebrating the first publication of the Garfield comic strip on June 19, 1978. I had all the Garfield books as a kid, and was fascinated by their unusual shape. Garfield was also the first comic strip character that I practiced my drawing on, so it was a delight to draw him again. (In my later grade school years, I perfected the mascots for Nerds candy, and drew them wearing all sorts of outfits for my little friends.) I figured if he’s celebrating his 35th birthday, ol’ Garfield would probably also like to celebrate Martini Day. Shaken, not purred.