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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Jon Breaks Free from Garfield Tyranny, Gets Book Deal

posted by on July 31 at 15:49 PM

The frequently hilarious Garfield Minus Garfield blog, which reveals the pathetic life of Jon Arbuckle:


Is being turned into an official, licensed book from Garfield’s publisher, Ballantine. This is weird, because it means that Jim Davis might have a real sense of humor—either that, or he smelled money. There’s just one problem, from the press release on Garfield Minus Garfield’s website:

The full-color book format will give readers the experience of having both the original and doctored Garfield strips together on the same page for comparison. Dublin, Ireland-based Garfield Minus Garfield creator Dan Walsh will provide the foreword to the book.

Goddamnit. The whole point of Garfield Minus Garfield is that there’s no Garfield, because Garfield is unfunny. Why do they have to run the originals (on the same page, no less)? I was really looking forward to this book for a second there.

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I still don't see how this means Jim might have a sense of humor. All this shows us is that Dan Walsh does.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 31, 2008 3:59 PM

Because, Paul, Mr. Davis stands to earn another fuck-ton of money from this - AND on his own terms.


Posted by COMTE | July 31, 2008 4:29 PM

The only way he can have a sense of humor here is by knowing he has no sense of humor. Either money is the factor, which it isn't, or he thinks it shows him as x2 funny.

Posted by i don't think | July 31, 2008 4:43 PM

He has more of a sense of humor than Bil Keane, who got the Dysfunctional Family Circus to shut down their website back in 1999.

Posted by Jason Josephes | July 31, 2008 4:47 PM

Screwups... putting the originals on the same page ruins the impression. I can remove garfield myself if you give me the original, it's seeing the strip as though there never were a garfield that makes it interesting.

Posted by daniel | July 31, 2008 4:59 PM

From what I've heard Jim Davis actually keeps up with the webcomic community and seems to have a pretty decent sense of humor. I wouldn't be at all suprised to find out that he really loves GMG.

Posted by Ben | July 31, 2008 5:00 PM

What if Jim Davis has been playing a cruel joke on newspapers and his syndicate by intentionally turning in awful work and still getting paid a shit ton?

Maybe he looked at the other comics in the paper and realized: "Hey, these all suck and they still get published--what if I just turned in garbage everyday, too?"

Seriously. If that scribble called "Cathy" can get printed, then surely a strip that demonstrates even the slightest artistic talent will do.

Posted by Tom X. PDX | July 31, 2008 6:11 PM

I'm glad everyone here has an absolute sense of humor better than everyone else's.

Jim Davis is apparently one of the nicer and smarter human beings on the planet. He's reportedly generous with his time. He's got a real interest in promoting graywater recycling; he has (or had?) a demo running at his house!

Posted by Glenn Fleishman | July 31, 2008 6:28 PM

9: Yes, but he's not funny, so fuck him!

Posted by Jay | July 31, 2008 7:13 PM

"One of Walsh's occasional readers is Davis, who heard about the site a few months ago. The cartoonist calls the work "an inspired thing to do" and wishes to thank Walsh for enabling him to see another side of "Garfield.""

Posted by stinkbug | July 31, 2008 7:26 PM

Stranger babes give novel Rize, novel drink Rize, NOVEL BECOME HAIKU!

No, I don't.

Posted by The Incredible Haiku | August 1, 2008 8:25 AM

Maybe my Blondie without Blondie Website and book will take off. Seriously, people, Garfield IS funny if you're ten--the target audience--and this new take is only mildly amusing for one or two strips, after which it becomes highly yawnable.

Posted by FRUITCAKEpuppet | August 1, 2008 8:34 AM

I thought Garfield was hilarious when I was about eight.

Posted by Greg | August 1, 2008 8:36 AM

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