Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Making Garfield Funny

I used to love Garfield. I had all the books, calendars, a buncha toys- it was awesome. And then I turned 9. Since then I've been kind of shocked by how Jim Davis continues to keep shitting out strip after strip, using the exact same gags for, what, 30 years now? I mean, Marmaduke, Cathy, and Hi and Lois manage to keep things fresh, amirite? Oh, wait...

Anyway, I do not appear to be the only one bothered by Garfield's relentless, embarrassing marathon of suck, as several folks have lately been re-working the strip in an attempt to divine laughs from this comedic well-run-dry. For example:

What if Garfield were a real cat?

Garfield After Hours
This is pretty much how every single Garfield strip would go if I were Jim Davis.

This strip explores what would happen if Jon owned Luigi from Super Mario World instead of that fat fucking cat.

Garfield The Movie
Scientists once proved that Garfield The Movie and Comedy could not occupy the same space at the same time. It was a cinematic black hole where even such stellar talents as Bill Murray and Joel Cohen were swallowed up never to be seen again. It took an intrepid gigglenaut, name of Zach Galifianakis, to prove that one could at least chuckle in the vicinity of that film.

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