As previously announced, Dynamite are going to be publishing a Grumpy Cat/Garfield crossover this summer, in what may amount to an epic showdown of the cats with attitude. Today, the publisher has announced Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) as writer for this three-part mini-series and he’ll be joined by artist Steve Uy (Avengers: The Initiative). Grumpy Cat/Garfield will be tearing it up in stores August 2, 2017.
Dynamite Entertainment and Boom! Studios’ have reached an exclusive deal to bring Jim Davis’ iconic comic strip cat Garfield to meet the Internet’s own Grumpy Cat in a a story inspired and approved by Jim Davis.
Artist Steve Uy says:
Garfield was my favorite comic strip growing up in the ’80s. When I was doing the art for Grumpy Cat last year, there was a Halloween special where I decided to dress Grumpy up as Garfield, and her brother Pokey as Heathcliff in a panel. That didn’t make it to print, and ended up being revised to a Star Wars theme instead, so when I found out there was going to be a Grumpy/Garfield crossover, it seemed like fate had stepped in and given me another chance to draw them all together again!
Steve Uy is the artist on Marvel/ DC series as Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Initiative, Legion of Superheroes Animated, JSA Classified, and many more. He is the artist/creator of his very own creator-owned series, Feather and Jova’s Harvest, currently available on Comixology, and has most recently released his mobile games Oasis: Path to Redemption and Evil Brown Eggs.
A writer and historian, Evanier has written over 500 comics for Gold Key, DC, and Marvel Comics, several hundred hours of television (most notably Garfield and Friends and Groo the Wanderer) and is the author of several books including Mad Art. He has received three Emmy Award nominations, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for animation from the Writers Guild of America.
Philip Sablik, President of Publishing and Marketing for Boom! Studios says:
We’ve been honored to publish the adventures of Garfield for many years now and are excited to be partnering with our friends at Dynamite Entertainment to bring Jim Davis’ creation together with another heavyweight of the cat world – Grumpy Cat. Mark Evanier is crafting a hilarious, fun-filled story that’s sure to please fans of both of these feline franchises.
The debut issue of Grumpy Cat/Garfield features a wide selection of cover variants, featuring the talent of Andy Hirsch (Garfield, Adventure Time, Regular Show), interior artist Steve Uy, Fernando Ruiz (Animal Jam), Tony Fleecs (Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened), and Phil Murphy (Regular Show), respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White,” “Virgin Art,” “Coloring Book,” and “Comic Strip” formats are also available as retailer incentives.
Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in August.