The Phillies lost the first game of the season tonight. I know there'll be 161 more, but it's always nice to win on Opening Day — especially when you're the defending World Series champs and you have a history of bad Aprils.
So when is losing a good thing?
Garfield is the property of Paws Incorporated.
The above is an installment of Web sensation Garfield Minus Garfield, invented by Dan Walsh. It takes existing Garfield strips and loses Garfield, leaving us with the sad, deadpan hilarity of Jon Arbuckle alone, perhaps even bereft of his sanity.
Jim Davis, the creator and owner of Garfield, didn't sue Walsh but instead asked him to write the foreword to a collection of Garfield Minus Garfield strips, some done by Walsh and some perpetrated by Davis himself, published alongside the originals. I haven't seen the book yet, and I'm skeptical about it being funnier when you can see the strips with Garfield in them right there, but my pal Tony Isabella recently gave both the concept and the extras in the book a rave review.
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