Remember that post back in February 2008 about Garfield without Garfield? Well it caught on in a huge way and came to the attention of Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis. Much to his credit he didn’t demand that they are taken down, sue, or any other insanity. He called the strip without Garfield ‘fascinating’:
He says he is flattered rather than peeved by the imitation. “Some of them really work, and some of them work better,”
“If Jon is happy, my strips don’t work, … There’s something about that chemistry between Jon and Garfield that makes it work absolutely perfect,” [because those conversations are] “all in Jon’s imagination anyway, which is pretty weird and creepy.”
Mr. Davis, who has been drawing Garfield for 30 years, said that “Garfield Minus Garfield” has actually prompted him to take a different look at his own work. He compared Mr. Walsh’s efforts to the cerebral approach of Pogo, the comic strip by Walt Kelly.
“I think it’s the body of work that makes me laugh — the more you read of these strips, the funnier it gets,” Mr. Davis said. As for Garfield himself, “this makes a compelling argument that maybe he doesn’t need to be there. Less is more.”
I admire Jim Davis more now, and on top af that the interview in the NY Times answers one question everyone asks about Garfield: Can Jon hear Garfield? No, it’s all in Jon’s head.