Garfield minus Garfield

Jim Davis, 1945 July 28-

Book - 2008

"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 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"--P. [4] of cover.

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New York : Ballantine Books c2008.
Main Author
Jim Davis, 1945 July 28- (-)
Other Authors
Dan Walsh (-)
Item Description
"The Internet sensation-- now in book form!"--Cover.
"A Ballantine Books trade paperback original"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description
126 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 14 x 22 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Garfield devotee Walsh started expunging the wisecracking feline from Davis' strip early this year and posting it online. Within days, the site was getting half-a-million hits, and Walsh was sweating possible legal repercussions. Fortunately, when a journalist asked Davis for his reaction, the cartoonist (who adds his own erased Garfields to Walsh's herein) thanked Walsh for opening his eyes to another side of his creation. What Walsh did was get literal. He realized that Garfield's clueless-bachelor master, Jon, is talking to himself. A cat can't speak. So dump the thought balloons, dump the sounding board the cat represents, and see what Jon is really expressing: the pathos of a socially inept, extremely lonely young man, who desperately tries to divert himself with stupid antics, such as putting a plunger on his face, and talking to himself. It would be, it is, all too sad. Also very differently funny than regular Garfield, especially when Jon collapses in tears in the last panel. The perfect complement to Garfield: 30 Years of Laughs and Lasagna (2008).--Olson, Ray Copyright 2008 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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