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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Garfield Minus Garfieldby Jim Davis
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… See more details below
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 garfieldminusgarfield.net
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AWESOME!garfield is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fat,who agrees with me
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.
The originals are funny, and the minus Garfield ones make Jon look insane (and lonely). Worth it
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!)
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.
I like all of the cartoons but this thing sucks.