Jim Davis Ponders Garfield Minus Garfield

Dan Walsh publishes Garfield comic strip at his site Garfield Minus Garfield with one difference -he takes out all the characters except Jon (featured previously at Neatorama). Garfield creator Jim Davis calls the creations “fascinating”.
Mr. Davis, who has been drawing Garfield for 30 years, said that “Garfield Minus Garfield” has actually prompted him to take a different look at his own work. He compared Mr. Walsh’s efforts to the cerebral approach of Pogo, the comic strip by Walt Kelly.

“I think it’s the body of work that makes me laugh — the more you read of these strips, the funnier it gets,” Mr. Davis said. As for Garfield himself, “this makes a compelling argument that maybe he doesn’t need to be there. Less is more.”


Link -via Geek Like Me

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Josh Millard of metafilter fame creates another Garfield comic hack, this time integrating advanced computer language algorithms
http://www.planetsurfer.net/2008/06/13/surrealistic-garfield-comic-strip-generator/
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How refreshing (and surprising) that an artist would find a derivative of his work beneficial. I wonder if they entered into some kind of mutual agreement.
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Deja vu.

When you consider that his conversations are all one-sided even with Garfield in them, it makes about the same sense.
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