Losing It

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?

1st panel: Jon saying 'The weekend is here...' to empty space. 2nd and 3rd panels: Jon in same pose, silent, facing empty space.
1st panel: Jon in pajamas, with coffee mug, staring wide-eyed. 2nd panel: The same but Jon looking in opposite direction. 3rd panel: Same as previous.
1st panel: Jon looking dejected and saying 'I'm feeling kinda down.' 2nd panel: Jon smiling with arms wide, saying 'I could use a hug.' 3rd panel: 'Jon looking dejected again and silent.'
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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1 comment:

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

I've seen the Garfield minus Garfield book and it really loses the humor when you see the original on the same page as the minus one. They should have had the original on the next page so you could get the impact of the minus one first.