Surely, you've enjoyed the robust Garfield buffet on offer this week as much as we enjoyed having you, but we can't leave you to face the weekend without insisting you make a basket out of your shirt so you can take some of these leftovers home to tide you over until Monday.
Fan-favorite editor Reed Jackson mentioned the idea of adding President James A. Garfield into the world of Garfield to me the other day, eyes twinkling. Intrigued, I got down to some quick Photoshoppery and extesnive focus-grouping among myself and the stuffed Opus that sits on top of my scanner. I interpreted his silence as passive acceptance!
Here's the first batch of "Garfield vs Garfield," which nods solemnly at Garfield Minus Garfield, then quickens its pace in the opposite creative direction. That's right: we're doubling down by adding yet another Garfield, bringing the grand total of Garfields in a given strip to at least two. Most other comic strips don't even offer one Garfield!
As you'll see, I'm still trying to figure out a consistent tone for these things, but depending on the reaction to this batch, future editions will deliver on the promise of the two Garfields facing off, proper-like. The smart money is on Garfield.
So, uh, enjoy?
Protip: if you don't feel like leaning towards your monitor, clicking on photos makes them bigger!
Reed wisely advised me to hold on to the other strips I made for this, lest I break the internet with too much Garfield all at once, so you can expect another round of these next week.
While you wait, have you entered our Garfield giveaway contest? It's the closest physical manifestation we can muster of the value offered by "Garfield vs Garfield," in terms of Garfield-bang for your Garfield-buck (meaning tons of it for zero dollars)! If anything, we're being too generous.