Fat ani­mals are really in vogue right now. I don’t know if you’ve noticed. Porker dogs. Cats that are more shape­less than a sand dune. Ham­sters that resem­ble brown ten­nis balls. Peo­ple jus­tify it all the time. “Rover says he’s starv­ing, what am I sup­posed to do? Tor­ture him? He won’t give it up!” He’s not tor­tured, c’mon! He has enough calo­ries lin­ing his ribs to sur­vive in a glacial chasm for a month. You’re the one being tor­tured and you’re the one who breaks first.

But I’m not one to judge if you want a meat­loaf for a pet. It does make me want to draw pic­tures of extremely fat ani­mals though. It’s one of the best things to draw. Garfield is a per­fect exam­ple of this. If you look at the very ear­li­est Garfield comics he was fat­ter than he is now. Much, much fat­ter. He was the very def­i­n­i­tion of mor­bidly obese. Garfield is now just merely pot­bel­lied, and—I don’t know. He’s just so normal.

But I’m not sure I want a career in draw­ing fat ani­mals. So this month I will purge myself of this need. Watch for more. I take requests as well.