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Garfield Minus Garfield Paperback – October 28, 2008
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Fast forward to the present, where Jim Davis (the creator of Garfield) has embraced Walsh's work and creativity, eventually leading onto the release of this book. In glorious colour and with entertaining, interesting written remarks by the two creative talents, I had nothing but huge anticipation for getting my hands on it.
What surprised me is that the majority of the book contain Garfield Minus Garfield strips already featured on the website, shown against the original comic (where Garfield and others are still present). This is not a bad thing at all; it is obvious that the strips were handpicked with care, essentially leaving us with a 'best of' from the archive found on the Internet. Whether Jon is talking to sock puppets, splattering ice cream into his face, or contemplating how he has wasted his life, you'll laugh yourself to death reading them. It's a great way for those new to the edited strips to get into the craze, or for current fans to revisit their favourites.
At the end of the book are Garfield Minus Garfield strips that Jim Davis himself is responsible for.Read more ›
But not to get too heavy. "Garfield" is still a comic strip, and there are a few laughs to be found here. What I am particularly impressed by, though, is not only Jim Davis' ability to see the joke, but also his willingness to run with it instead of sending in the intellectual-property attorneys with cease-and-desist orders. That raises him quite a bit in my estimation. Of course, in keeping with the spirit of the Big Orange Cat Empire, Davis is making a buck off this book -- it's his name in the byline, with Dan Walsh, the guy who had the insightful recognition in the first place, granted but a Foreword. Still, for "Garfield" fans who want to see the strip in a new, and perhaps unsettling, way, or for readers who enjoy a sort of meta-analysis of a long-running media presence, "Garfield Minus Garfield" has a surprising amount going for it.
It's like showing how to do a magic trick right after doing it. Or explaining a simple joke right after telling it. It badly undermines the humor and character of the main event.
"Just don't look!" you might say. But your periphery vision is such that you can SEE that there's missing content, and your brain (or mine, anyway) has to either (a) work distractingly hard to avoid it or (b) find out what the missing content is.
I hate to complain about this book, because I really LOVE the web comic. But I find this book unreadable, presumably due to a bad, egotistical or lawyer-related decision.
Dan Walsh, in his foreword, notes that people have written in citing GMG as mirroring bi-polar disorder. Pretty weighty stuff for a comic strip. Who hasn't had thoughts about watching TV for a whole year? Or done silly walks in private just for a private laugh? I haven't put a plunger to my face yet though (yet).
This is great book that will make you and your sock puppet laugh. [...]
In a few places, editing the dialogue differently would have made John's newly-discovered monologues even funnier. Some of his responses to Garfield are omitted, presumably on principle, even where they would have made hilarious sense.
Overall, though, this book is a terrific find for those who love Garfield and for those who can't stand him, since you'll find that Garfield becomes a completely different cartoon once you take out Garfield.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
they included the original garfield strips, which kind of kills the humor for me.Published 1 month ago by DB Bookreader
This is a very clever reversal on the classic Garfield comics that makes you wonder if Jon is really all there.Published 5 months ago by Bryan
Good book, lots of laughs, keep it on my desk to paw through every so often.Published 8 months ago by Chris Bowen
Garfield was never really funny to me, but this satire is great.Published 8 months ago by Jamin C. Busack
This is one of my favorite comic book compilations.
Whoever decided making Jon look like a lunatic by removing Garfield from Garfield is a genius. Read more
It would have been a five star rating - a thousand times better - if they hadn't included the original 'Garfield' strip alongside each 'Garfield Minus Garfield' one.Published 11 months ago by BNPQOE