Collection to be published simultaneously with Garfield 30th anniversary book
NEW YORK, NY – July 30, 2008 – Paws, Inc. and Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, announced last week at Comic-Con International that Ballantine will publish a book inspired by the popular webcomic Garfield Minus Garfield.
Garfield Minus Garfield (www.garfieldminusgarfield.net) made its online debut in February 2008 and quickly became an online sensation based on a simple premise: What would Jim Davis’ Garfield comic strip be like without its lasagna-loving fat cat? Without the presence of Garfield and other characters such as Odie the dog and Nermal the kitten, the strips “create a new, even lonelier atmosphere for Jon Arbuckle…Jon’s observations seem to teeter between existential crisis and deep despair.” (New York Times)
The full-color book format will give readers the experience of having both the original and doctored Garfield strips together on the same page for comparison. Dublin, Ireland-based Garfield Minus Garfield creator Dan Walsh will provide the foreword to the book.
Garfield creator Jim Davis was intrigued by—and pleased with—the concept. “I think it’s an inspired thing to do,” Davis said. “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.”
Garfield Minus Garfield site creator Dan Walsh says, “When I looked at Jon and laughed at his crazy antics I thought ‘He’s just like me.’ As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one saw myself in him: millions of visitors from all over the world visit Garfield Minus Garfield and tell me they think the same thing. Now, thanks to the awesome generosity and humor of Jim Davis, Garfield Minus Garfield is going to become a book and I’m absolutely honored to be part of it.”
Ballantine Books has been publishing Garfield books since 1980, and thirty-three Garfield titles have made the New York Times bestseller list. Thirty Years of Laughs and Lasagna: The Life and Times of a Fat, Furry Legend, will be published by Ballantine Books in October 2008. This hardcover anniversary collection will include a foreword from Dean Young, Blondie cartoonist, and exclusive content from Jim Davis.
ABOUT PAWS INC.
Paws, Incorporated was founded in 1981 by cartoonist Jim Davis as a creative house to support Garfield licensing. Today, the company, located in rural Indiana, handles not only the creative angle, but also the business concerns of the corpulent kitty worldwide. Paws boasts a staff of more than 50 artists, writers, and licensing professionals.
Paws, Inc. is a privately held company and the sole owner of the copyrights and trademarks for GARFIELD and GARFIELD Characters.
ABOUT BALLANTINE BOOKS:
Ballantine Books was established in l952 by the legendary paperback pioneers Ian and Betty Ballantine. Today, Ballantine is one of America’s largest publishers of hardcover, trade paperback and mass market paperback books — spanning a remarkably wide variety of subjects. Publishing talented writers from every category and genre, its hardcover program is particularly strong in commercial fiction. Its impressive list of bestselling authors includes Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Garwood, Tess Gerritsen, Kristin Hannah, Linda Howard, Jonathan Kellerman, Lorna Landvik, Judith McNaught, Anne Perry, and Jeff Shaara. Visit the Ballantine website at www.ballantinebooks.com.
Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. Garfield Minus Garfield began in February 2008 and quickly gained a large following. It has been covered in such publications as Time magazine, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Garfield Minus Garfield is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.
1. thanks jess, you rock. for your post AND for sending me that message about the HSL, i loved it. sidenote here, i’m not thinking i can come because i can’t make all that driving and visiting possible when i think i’ll be working like daily.
2. this is still to you jess, i also liked the darwin fish drawing, and it is a good thing you didn’t lose your decal in the wreck. i am excited for when everyone is back here, even if it ends up being for like a day, orrr a few weeks.
3. just added this one to throw you off. well, not really but im unable to sleep and i hate it. maybe i’ll tell you i have been having a great week at work. makes it all worth it when i have three good days in a row, and tomorrow will be no worse. also as a wrap up, i have all the intentions in the world to reply to your message on fb, im just waiting for when i have enough time to really get into it.
ps, i loved golfing, all of it.
I think you are so lucky. I envy the love that envelopes you. You are one of the few people who I call my friends that actually has a life plan and is sticking to it. I have no doubts that you are going to end up exactly where you want to be. I’m also happy to call you best friend.
So it sucks when people you get along with individually don’t like each other at all. Actually, that’s an understatement, they absolutely despise each other. And on their own, I have no issues with them (not anymore anyways), so it’s a little awkward when one is *talking*bashing*insulting* the other. I mean, obviously there are parts of them I could do without, but nothing impeding friendship more over civility. I feel at fault for their apparent hatred, because I am the only connection they share. And I understood/was ok with them not getting along for quite some time, but that’s only because I didn’t really like one of them. The reason for me not liking one is another story entirely, and irrelevant and over with. We managed to get over it, but now I have them hating each other. I don’t think anyone should truly hate someone else but for extremely important and life altering reasons, like oh let’s see, someone murdered your family/spouse/child. Back to what I was saying… It’s really nice to be able to get along with the one I wasn’t getting along with, actually it’s so much better, i hated when we weren’t talking. We were so angry for so long and we didn’t need to be at all. I feel bad about all that too, I acted immaturely, and realized it but didn’t want others to see that I knew I was being ridiculous. Sorry for that. I am at fault for this situation and I wish I wasn’t, but I can’t change that and I especially can’t change how either of my friends feel, who has that power? I hope that when they are forced to interact that they could mask their true emotions for the better of everything. I know that’s asking a lot based on how much they really dislike each other, but I can suck up my feelings in scenarios with both of them when I could easily and for good reason flip my lid and spout my mouth off like crazy. Less and less with one and more and more with the other. I wish you would stop letting him use you, you don’t deserve it, and I think you know that. And you, I’ve been happy for you for a long time now, and I didn’t know how to tell you I was sorry before.. but you let it slip how I could. Thanks.. To wrap it all up, I really really don’t want to have to be in a situation where I need to get between you two, please keep it civil.
Thanks. For everything.
I just got a netflix account a few weeks ago and I’ve been trying to rent all the classic movies I should have seen but haven’t. One movie on my list was Dead Man Walking. I thought the movie was pretty cool, but I think I was more into the whole idea behind the subject matter. The death penalty to me is just insane. I realize the guys on death row have done some pretty fucked up things, but thinking about having to know when you’re going to die really terrifies me.
I think the way the whole thing works is especially confusing. The death penalty seems to mainly be about justice, you take a life, the government takes yours. But it’s not really an eye for an eye. A murder victim doesn’t usually get to have a last meal of his or her choice, they don’t get to say goodbye to loved ones, they don’t have the opportunity to leave the world with thoughtful final words. I don’t know that there’s any way I would try to improve the process, it just seems weird.
Anyway, after the movie I felt compelled to spend about an hour googling the last words from convicts on death row. It was both interesting and addicting, albeit kind of morbid. The site I (enjoyed?) the most I think is this one. Particularly because I can read a convicts crime, their last meal and their final words. It’s so strange to read about someone like Like Karl Chamberlain, a murderer and rapist who for his last meal was entitled to a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, lunch meat, deviled eggs, six fried cheese-stuffed jalapenos, a chef salad with ranch dressing, onion rings, french fries, a cheeseburger, two fried chicken breasts, barbecue pork rolls, an omelet, milk and orange juice. I don’t believe in the death penalty, but I do believe in not being a hypocrite. Is that really how justice works?
Before I go I’ll leave you with my favorite read. An inmate named Monty Delk, who murdered a man after going to his house under the pretense of buying his car. “Monty Delk was one of death row’s most notorious inmates. Prison officials said that he showered without removing his coveralls or using soap, and that his personal odor was so offensive, he had to be segregated from the other inmates so as to avoid making them ill. In interviews, he claimed to be over 129 years old, having previously been a district judge and a submarine commander.” His last words, among a string of profanities were, “I am the warden! Get your warden off this gurney and shut up! You are not in America. This is the island of Barbados. People will see you doing this.”
If you have a few free minutes, aren’t alone in your scary apartment, and have an odd fascination with death and capital punishment I really recommend checking this shit out.
missy i havent seen you in my dashboard in a while. wanna throw an update out there soon? k sweet.
amanda l, mable is jess. she has a tumblr. so should you. get on it friend k bye
shizzaz i do nay remember what lindsey said tonizzii that i wanted to repost. it made me laugh out loud. for real life. first time for evrything. ill figure it out and add er in hurr. sleep time. although i doubt ill be sleeping at all. i had a 500mL Rockstar Energy + Punch. Tastes soo good, like fruit punch, my favorite juice variety. i don’t drink energy drinks because they make me crazy and super Jacob. but i did today because it tasted soo good. well here im off to trrryyyyyy to sleep. barf. hah. oh sheez this might make for a looonggg tomorrah.
No internet again. I am going to have to stop going away. I really like the internet, especially how normally accessible it is. I like it because it connects me with all corners of the world, and all walks of people. I like it because I can always be in touch with everyone I know, and that is really important for me.
In other news, I had my teeth whitened on thursday. professioanlly. so dope. now i have whitening trays, not so dope.