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Garfield Minus Garfield

Garfield Minus Garfield

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by Jim Davis

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It’s Garfield–as you’ve never seen him!

Come savor the existential adventures of Jon Arbuckle in Garfield Minus Garfield. Based on the phenomenon ignited by Dan Walsh’s hilarious and wildly popular webcomic (beloved by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and hailed as “inspired” by Garfield creator


It’s Garfield–as you’ve never seen him!

Come savor the existential adventures of Jon Arbuckle in Garfield Minus Garfield. Based on the phenomenon ignited by Dan Walsh’s hilarious and wildly popular webcomic (beloved by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and hailed as “inspired” by Garfield creator Jim Davis), Garfield Minus Garfield takes everyone’s favorite fat cat out of the picture, leaving us with only the lonely ennui of Jon as he’s left to voice thoughts about his own existence into an empty void.

With a Foreword by Dan Walsh, creator of www.garfieldminusgarfield.net

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Publishers Weekly

In an act that should qualify him for the "brilliant editors" hall of fame, Dan Walsh discovered that if all traces of Jim Davis's lazy, lasagna-scarfing cat were expunged from his own comic strip, Garfield became a funnier, much darker series, about a desperately lonely, self-loathing man's existential despair. Walsh started posting his altered strips at garfieldminusgarfield.net. And in an act that definitely qualifies him for the "good sport" hall of fame, Davis not only didn't sue him but approved of the project. This collection of the best de-Garfielded strips prints Walsh's altered cartoons next to Davis's originals; Davis even throws in a couple dozen Garfield-minus-Garfield strips he's done himself. Interestingly, Davis's stabs at the concept are mostly just gags about Garfield's owner, Jon Arbuckle. The gist of Walsh's approach, on the other hand, is to completely alter Davis's jokes-a strip in which Garfield displays a single hair, announces "this is all I'll be shedding today" and marches off before Jon delivers a punch line, after Walsh gets through with it, becomes two panels of Jon silently glancing around before haplessly declaring, "I dread tomorrow." If Samuel Beckett had been a strip cartoonist, he might've produced something like this. (Nov.)

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Random House Publishing Group
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5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945, in Marion, Indiana. He later attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he distinguished himself by earning one of the lowest cumulative grade point averages in the history of the university. (Incidentally, a fellow classmate named David Letterman earned the other). The Garfield strip was born on June 19, 1978, syndicated in forty-one U.S. newspapers. Today it’s syndicated in more than 2,100 newspapers worldwide with more than 200 million readers, leading Guinness World Records to name Garfield The Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip in the World. Davis has had many successes with Garfield, including four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program and induction into the Licensing Hall of Fame (1998), but his most prized awards are from his peers in the National Cartoonist Society: Best Humor Strip (1981 and 1985), the Elzie Segar Award (1990), and the coveted Reuben Award (1990) for overall excellence in cartooning.

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Garfield Minus Garfield 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!garfield is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fat,who agrees with me
foxotr More than 1 year ago
I found this little gem of a comic online and was so absolutely enthralled by it that when I found there was a book I knew I had to have that. Garfield Minus Garfield is the hilarious/sad/depressing/awkward/weird adventures of Jon Arbuckle by himself without the company of Garfield or anyone else. Who would have thought to do this? It's such an intriguing idea and I find myself either laughing at Jon, feeling bad for him, or sometimes even identifying with him. The book is great because not only do you get these awesome comics without Garfield, but you also get the original comics along with it so you can see the difference between the two. This makes it a must buy for any fan of the comic and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good laugh as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The originals are funny, and the minus Garfield ones make Jon look insane (and lonely). Worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find this offensife to all garfield fans, being it takes away garfield. It makes me feel that the guy who made the minus garfield website hates the fat cat most of us love like me. Terrible read for people who LOVE garfield.(like me!)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It says a lot about Jim Davis that he's willing to back this work. Either he's a guy with a good sense of humor, or he doesn't care where the money comes from, as long as it comes. It's probably a bit of both, but don't let that stop you from checking out this book. It seems like such a strange thing to remove the star of Garfield from his own strip, but that simple act of editing turns a midly funny, often mediocre comic into a darkly hilarious meditation on one man's existential madness. From 'I hate Mondays' to the saga of a desperately lonely man talking to himself, if only to keep his head above the water. You owe it to yourself to check this out, if only because it represents the new state of the internet where one man's life work can be deconstructed by the nameless masses and repackaged in an entirely new form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like all of the cartoons but this thing sucks.