‘Garfield Minus Garfield’ Inspires a Book With the Blessing of ‘Garfield’ Creator

By: Dave Astor

Ballantine, which has published “Garfield” comic collections since 1980, will now also do a “Garfield Minus Garfield” book.

“Garfield Minus Garfield” is the February 2008-launched online strip that spoofs “Garfield” by showing the comic without its main cat character. So readers are treated to surreal, existential scenes of the Jon Arbuckle character talking to himself.

The full-color book will include the original and doctored “Garfield” strips together on the same page for comparison. Dublin, Ireland-based “Garfield Minus Garfield” creator Dan Walsh (GarfieldMinusGarfield.net) is writing the foreword.

Jim Davis, who started “Garfield” in June 1978, said of Walsh’s feature: “I think it’s an inspired thing to do. I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of ‘Garfield.’ Some of the strips he chose were slappers: ‘Oh, I could have left that out.’ It would have been funnier.”

Walsh, in discussing the upcoming book, thanked Davis for his “awesome generosity and humor.”

The “Garfield Minus Garfield” book will be published this October — at the same time Ballantine releases a “Garfield” collection called “Thirty Years of Laughs and Lasagna: The Life and Times of a Fat, Furry Legend.” The latter hardcover book will include a foreword by “Blondie” cartoonist Dean Young of King Features Syndicate, and “exclusive content” from Davis.

“Garfield” runs in more than 2,500 newspapers worldwide via Universal Press Syndicate.

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