Sad: We're Thrilled That A Content Creator Isn't Suing Over A Derivative Work

from the a-sign-of-the-times dept

A friend of mine sent me to Garfield minus Garfield a few months back. It's a slightly bizarre and surreal showing of Garfield comic strips where the lead character, Garfield the cat, is removed from the cartoon, leaving only his owner Jon Arbuckle. The result is that it totally changes the meaning of some of the strips, leading to a sort of... existential despair. The NY Times wrote a story about it this week, which I read -- but perhaps the most interesting point is noted by Mathew Ingram: Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield isn't bothered by it. In fact, he seems to enjoy it, having thanked the creator of the site, and noted that it made him go back and look at the entire body of Garfield comics in a very different light. What's somewhat sad about this is the fact that a content creator not reacting angrily or threatening to sue (or just filing suit) over a derivative work is considered so rare to merit mentioning. Clearly, we still have a long way to go.


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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 2:42am

    *Sigh*

    What a depressing site. What next--LOLcats without the cats?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 2:51am

    That's great to hear. With the controversially redesigned Dilbert site encouraging remixing and recaptioning of cartoon, at least one area of the entertainment biz is thinking...

    As for the strip, that's weird but there's another one I liked more. I don't have a link but rather than removing Garfield entirely, it just removed Garfield's speech bubbles. Somehow, a man going nuts in front of his cat rather than alone seemed even more poignant...!

     

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    ehrichweiss, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 6:09am

    bizarre

    Those are incredibly weird. Glad to hear that Davis understands this a bit better than most.

     

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    Eliot, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 6:20am

    Jim Davis is a sellout...

    Jim Davis understands the business very well, but it's because he's an unapologetic sellout. Realize, I say this with no malice, the guy knows precisely how to sell stuff and make Garfield bankable.

     

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      Dan, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 6:48am

      Re: Jim Davis is a sellout...

      Exactly. Try doing "Garfield Minus Jon and Odie" and see how many seconds it takes before Davis sues you.

       

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    Me, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 7:02am

    Wow

    I find those cartoons rather creepy. They are slightly funny until I recall my sisters constant struggle with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and mania. Then they make me sad. So good looking out tech dirt on depressing me before 7am.

     

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    TheDock22, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 7:21am

    Love Them

    I have been reading Garfield Minus Garfield for months. I think they are great!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 7:39am

    I am pretty sure this was thought about by Something Awful forum members for a thread, I remember reading it awhile back. It's a funny concept.

     

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    www.custompcmax.com, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 7:42am

    This is really interesting. I read a bunch of these and I feel depressed. I find it so facinating that these strips still work, albiet a completely different tone, without the main character. I wonder if there is anything to be said about Jon Davis's mind in this. Is he Jon...?

     

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    Nasch, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 9:37am

    Interesting

    There seems to be an almost universal agreement that the strip is depressing without Garfield. Personally, I find them far more amusing than the real Garfield strip. I'm not sure what that says about my sense of humor...

     

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    Another Bad Idea, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 9:42am

    Dibs on the movie rights

    Coming soon to a YouTube near you
    It's that loveable zany cat like
    you've never seen him before,
    or at all, at least in this movie...

     

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    Nightmare, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 10:07am

    it's awesome

    I found out about the site a number of months ago through Penny-arcade.com. I have the site in my RSS feed and I check it out every day. It's always good for a laugh.

     

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