From Sketch to Screen: Celebrate Garfield with Artist Gary Barker and the New Movie Premiere!

Excitement is in the air for comic strip readers and moviegoers in Ocoee, Florida! The beloved orange tabby cat that has captured hearts for decades with his love for lasagna and disdain for Mondays is making a big-screen comeback. “The Garfield Movie,” set to release on May 24, 2024, promises a blend of comedy, adventure, and family fun, featuring the voice talents of Chris Pratt as Garfield and Samuel L. Jackson as his long-lost father, Vic.

In celebration of the film’s release, West Orange Comics and Video Games is hosting a special event that’s sure to draw fans from near and far. On Saturday, May 25th, 2024, from 1 pm to 6 pm, attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet Gary Allen Barker, the artist behind the iconic Garfield comic books and comic strips. This is a chance to get an insider’s look at the world of Garfield, learn about the creative process behind the comics, and maybe even get a sketch or autograph.

The event, located at 1575 Maguire Road #108, Ocoee, Florida, is perfectly timed, as it follows the day after the movie’s premiere. Fans can enjoy the film at the West Orange Cinema, conveniently situated right next to the comic store, making it a weekend full of Garfield festivities.

For more details on the meet-and-greet with Gary Allen Barker, interested parties can reach out to West Orange Comics and Video Games at 407-741-3195. It’s an event not to be missed for anyone who’s followed the adventures of Garfield, Odie, and Jon Arbuckle over the years.

As the date approaches, the anticipation builds for what is shaping up to be a memorable occasion for the community and Garfield fans alike. Mark your calendars and prepare for a weekend filled with laughter, nostalgia, and the charm of everyone’s favorite feline. Don’t forget to catch “The Garfield Movie” at the West Orange Cinema, and join the celebration of a character that has been a staple in pop culture for generations. See you on May 25th!


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