The creator of Garfield answers whether or not Jon drank dog semen
Some mysteries haunt the world for decades. Is Bigfoot real? Who really sank The Titanic? Who did 9/11? Are there aliens in Arena 51? Was Woodrow Wilson an android? Did George Washington watch anime? And yet, there is one mystery that has been brewing since 1990, and the question remains burned in our hearts, engraved, like a branding: did Jon really drink dog's semen in a Garfield comic strip?
The comic seems to heavily imply that Jon Arbuckle, the owner of the titular Garfield character, drank what appears to be a mug full of dog semen. The joke is that Jon thinks it's coffee, but the nurse, who he fails at flirting with, announces that "You are going to give birth to a fine, healthy litter of puppies", implying rather strongly that the mug was filled with dog semen. You can judge for yourself:
So what is really going on here? Did Jon chug a mug of dog semen or not?! People on the Straight Dope message forum, as well as Twitter and Reddit, have wondered for years if this was a canon event, as confirmed by Jim Davis. After all, Davis once sent this copy of the comic, assuring readers that "these events are canon". Unless, of course, it was an imposter.
Well, now Jim Davis has come forward and finally weighed in on the question tearing us all apart: did Jon Arbuckle drink a coffee mug filled with his own dog's semen?
Davis told Buzzfeed:
"On the farm, we used to give first-calf heifers a high protein supplement to help them deliver healthier calves. The supplement was provided by our vet. I assumed that there would be a similar supplement for dogs," he said.
"So Jon is drinking a protein-enriched drink formulated for a pregnant dog. There you have it!"
Hmn...this sounds like retconning to me. Such an obscure reference would never 'read' properly to Garfield's audience. Who would ever think it was a pregnancy supplement? Who would know such things existed? This is actually one of the worst things a creator can do: give an implausible, unlikely solution to a fan question, and then declare it to be canon because they say so.
I'm a cum-mug truther. I hold that Jon Arbuckle did, in fact, sip dog semen, because that is the explanation that people intuitively feel is correct. It is not the place of an artist to overwrite the intuitions of their fans simply to avoid a weird and controversial (disgusting) moment. That repulsive moment happened, damn it, and not even God or Garfield himself could assure me otherwise.
Jim Davis needs to step back and admit that his own fans are ahead of him, and understand his twisted 1990-intentions better than he himself does. Maybe he's embarrassed and is trying to cover up for it? If so, good try man, but it won't work. It won't work. We are loyal Garfield fans here...
(Full disclosure, I've only seen a few strips of the comic, but come on, Jon Arbuckle is a semen-sipper)