Garfield Creator Apologizes to Vets for 'Stupid Day' Strip

Yesterday's comic was 'worst timing ever,' Jim Davis admits
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2010 5:35 AM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2010 6:35 AM CST
Garfield Creator Apologizes to Vets for 'Stupid Day' Strip
Jim Davis seen here in his Muncie, Ind., office, has apologized for a Garfield strip that some veterans may have found offensive.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Garfield creator Jim Davis has apologized after accidentally causing an uproar with a Veterans Day comic. The strip—viewable here—shows spiders celebrating "National Stupid Day" in remembrance of a squished colleague. Davis says he wrote the strip nearly a year ago and didn't know it would run yesterday, calling its appearance "the worst timing ever," AP reports.

"It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance," the cartoonist wrote in an apology posted on his website. "My brother Dave served in Vietnam. My son James is a Marine who has had two tours of duty, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. You'd have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our veterans have done for all of us." (Click here for another Veterans Day oops.)

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