Six more dead in riots over comic strip

Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - 2:19 am PST

Violent rioting broke out again today prompted by the decision of 2,570 newspapers worldwide to continue running the painfully unfunny daily comic strip Garfield. Though the public has quietly suffered the presence of the comic strip since 1978, matters came to a head this week when groups of fanatical Garfield detractors banded together to protest the printing of the strip’s 10,000th daily comic. Police were forced to resort to violent measures today, fatally wounding four protesters as they attempted to firebomb the Muncie, IN, home of Garfield creator Jim Davis. Two others died last night after setting themselves ablaze on Davis’s front lawn.