Garfield Linus Garfield...
A semi-self-post and a lo-o-ong story.→
So the guy who does Irregular Webcomic
looked at Garfield Minus Garfield
and thought "there are lots of other ways to mess with the Garfield comic and make it funnier - or not - and with 'Minus' as precedent, nobody would get in trouble for it". So Square Root of Minus Garfield
was created and a call went out for contributors.
Many responded, with mixes of multiple strips
on the 'Minus'
geekery and mashups with other content
(several of which were contributed by ME - Garfield & Hobbes
, Garfield & Snoopy
, Garfield & the Laugh Out Loud Cats
, Garfield & Jim Davis
, Garfield & Unauthorized Calvin
Then somebody discovered a Garfield comic in which it would be easy to substitute another character in the center panel
, allowing the play on words of "Garfield, Linus, Garfield", first with Linus from Peanuts
, then Linus Torvals
, Ben Linus from Lost (twice)
and Linus Pauling (twice)
Not to mention Garfield, Linux, Garfield
, Garfield Sinus Garfield
, Garfield, Lino, Garfield Garfield, Mynas, Garfield
, Garfield, Miley Cyrus, Garfield
, the totally meta Garfield, something that sounds a bit like "minus", Garfield
and what should have been the ultimate permutation of the meme, Garfield Minus Linus Garfield
But I couldn't let the meme die without my own contribution (and there's a backlog of 80 strips), so sometime in July I provided Garfield Linus Garfield, Et Tu Brute?
. (Title provided by the editor who remembered one of Linus the Lionhearted's recurring catchphrases even better than I... or was he just calling me Brute?) Also, I just missed being #500 - or the editor just didn't want this running joke associated with that landmark.