While I was out documenting live comedy shows, Dan Walsh was taking Garfield comic strips, removing Garfield, and giving them new comedic and philosophic meaning, enough so that Ballantine Books (publishers of Garfield books) will publish the "Garfield Minus Garfield" book with a foreward from Walsh, and the original and Garfield-less strips published side-by-side for comparisons. (thanks, Gawker)
“I think it’s an inspired thing to do,” Garfield’s creator, Jim 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.”
As the site’s tagline reads: "Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb." Coming to a bookstore near you.