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I'm 4 Fun...with Dennis Speigel - Jim Davis
Episode Guest: Mr. Jim Davis, Creator of Garfield the Cat

Episode Title:
The legend behind the beloved Garfield the Cat cartoon character..........Jim Davis, creator, discusses the Garfield journey.

Episode Description:
On Episode 20 of the ITPS I’M4FUN podcast, Dennis Speigel welcomes Jim Davis, Creator of Garfield the Cat. Garfield debuted in 1978 in 41 US newspapers. Today, Garfield is read in over 2,400 newspapers by 200 million people globally, and his television shows and movies have led to Emmy awards for Jim Davis. Guinness World Records named Garfield “the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.” In this rare interview, Jim will be sharing unique insights about Garfield – why and how he got started drawing the strip. Also how Garfield and friends evolved, and how the Garfield IP has become an important part of America’s POP culture scene for over 43 years. Join Dennis and Jim live on Wednesday, June 16th at 10:00am Eastern for what is sure to be a memorable podcast. Don’t miss it!

Jun 16, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dennis Speigel
Founder & CEO @International Theme Park Services, Inc.
Internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the amusement industry with over 50 years of experience, Dennis Speigel founded International Theme Park Services, Inc. (ITPS) in 1983. Dennis began his career in the amusement industry as a ticket taker at age 13, and this passion has blossomed into a lifelong calling. His vast experience in analyzing, developing, planning, designing, opening, and managing theme parks and attractions has made Dennis a sought-after speaker, consultant, teacher, and advisor. He is past Chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), currently serves on its Advisory Board, and has been awarded not only its Meritorious Service Award, but also its Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious service to the industry. Dennis has led his longtime team in working on over 500 projects in 50 countries and prides himself on providing services that brings smiles to people’s faces.
Jim Davis
Creator @Garfield
Jim was born in 1945 in Marion, Indiana, and raised on a small farm with his younger brother, Dave (Doc). Like most farms, the barnyard had its share of cats; about 25, by Jim's estimation. In college, he studied art and business before going to work for TUMBLEWEEDS creator, Tom Ryan. Garfield debuted on June 19, 1978 in 41 U.S. newspapers. Today, GARFIELD is read in over 2400 newspapers by 200 million people. Guinness World Records™, named GARFIELD “The Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip in the World”. Garfield’s comic strip fame also spilled over to television and Davis penned eleven primetime specials for CBS-TV. He received ten Emmy nominations and four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program. Movies were next, and Twentieth Century Fox turned out two feature films: Garfield: TheMovie (‘04), and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (‘06). In 2019, Davis moved into “Chapter Two”. While still writing and producing the comic strip, he’s enjoying more leisure time.