Log In

James Robert Davis Edit Profile

cartoonist , screenwriter

James Robert Davis, American Cartoonist. Marketing Hall of Fame award American Marketing Association, 1982; recipient Distinguished Alumnus award American Association State Colls. Universities. Member National Cartoonists Society (Best Humor Strip of 1981, 86, Segar award1985, Cartoonist of Year 1990), Newspaper Comics Council.

Background

Davis, James Robert was born on July 28, 1945 in Marion, Indiana, United States. Son of James William and Anna Catherine (Carter) Davis.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1967.

Career

Davis's other comics work includes Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat and Mr. Potato Head. Davis is the writer and executive producer of a trilogy of CGI-direct-to-video feature films about Garfield, as well as one of the executive producers and the creator for the CGI-animated TV series The Garfield Show. He continues to work on the strip.

Prior to creating Garfield, Davis worked for an advertising agency, and in 1969, he began assisting Tom Ryan's comic strip, Tumbleweeds. He then created a comic strip, Gnorm Gnat, that ran for five years in The Pendleton Times, an Indiana newspaper. When Davis attempted to sell it to a national comic strip syndicate, an editor told him: "Your art is good, your gags are great, but bugs—nobody can relate to bugs!" On June 19, 1978, Garfield started syndication in 41 newspapers.

Today it is syndicated in 2,580 newspapers and is read by approximately 300 million readers each day. In the 1980s, Davis created the barnyard slapstick comic strip U.S. Acres. Outside the U.S., the strip was known as Orson's Farm.

Davis, along with Brett Koth, also made a 2000–03 strip based on the Mr. Potato Head toy. Davis founded the Professor Garfield Foundation to support children's literacy. His influences include Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts, Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon and Johnny Hart's B.C.

Achievements

  • Davis has written (or in some cases co-written) all of the Emmy Award-winning or nominated Garfield TV specials and was one of the producers behind the Garfield & Friends TV show which aired on CBS from 1988 to 1994.

Works

book Garfield: Bigger Than Life (Garfield, 3) book Garfield: His 9 Lives book The Fourth Garfield Fat Cat Three Pack book Here Comes Garfield book Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack #17