'Garfield' Without Garfield Lands Book Deal

Surreal blog branches out with original creator's blessing
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 6:11 PM CDT
'Garfield' Without Garfield Lands Book Deal
What Garfield looks like with Garfield.   ((c) TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

Some comic strip authors might be miffed—or turn litigious—if a fan became a minor celebrity by systematically removing the namesake character and posting the edited strips on the Internet. Not "Garfield" creator Jim Davis, Editor & Publisher reports. With his blessing, Davis’ publisher will issue a book of Dan Walsh's “Garfield Minus Garfield” comics, with the original strips alongside the doctored versions.

"I think it's an inspired thing to do," said Davis. "I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of 'Garfield.'" (More Garfield stories.)

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