Garfield Minus Garfield = Win

August 7th, 2008 7 Comments

I’ll be stepping away for a few days to reboot my sanity (fingers crossed). I’ll leave you with this sweet nugget.

I added Garfield Minus Garfield to my Reader way back in January due to someone’s tweet.

If you’re not familiar, here’s the about:

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

The strips are surprisingly good, and they offer a view you miss when Garfield is in the mix. Anyway, I assumed the little blog would eventually go the way of Scrabulous, I mean Wordscraper, after the legalities were sorted.

Oh contraire mon fraire.

Jim Davis, Garfield’s creator, apparently enjoys seeing his work remixed and likes reading Garfield Minus Garfield. So much so that the 30th anniversary book of Garfield comics will contain both the original and remixed versions of the strips, side-by-side for comparison.

And Dan Walsh, the mastermind behind the Minus version, will pen the forward for the anniversary book.

How awesome is that?


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7 Responses to “Garfield Minus Garfield = Win”

  1. Glenn Says:

    Jake, are you familiar with Lasagna Cat?

    http://www.lasagnacat.com

  2. Jake Says:

    I am not. Good stuff.

    One thing I like about GMG is how much the strip changes. It's frequently dark and depressing, and then, absolutely nonsensical.

    Plus, it's quick and easy to read, which makes it a good feed for me :)

  3. Bob Rhubart Says:

    Jake, thanks for the tip on GMG. It's especially cool that Jim Davis has been so supportive of what is essentially a kind of open, unsolicited collaboration.

  4. Jake Says:

    Yeah, +1 for not squashing creativity and seeing how G-G benefits both parties.

  5. lauren Says:

    Another weird twist on this idea… this guy digital removed garfield from the entire Christmas special.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjW8lpvrwYc

    Definitely worth a look. It's long, but you gotta give him credit. He went for it. And then “big twist ending” is also worth a nod.

  6. Jake Says:

    Wow, excellent stuff, and you're right, it's worth the rather dull run-up to the surprise ending. That guy did some pretty amazing work. Rock on, thanks for sharing this.

  7. tudza Says:

    Most GMG are sublime genius as is.

    For some reason I decided *some* GMG needed something put back in.

    http://sites.google.com/site/tudzasplace/comics

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