Stop us if you’ve heard this one: A popular humorous Web log is being turned into a paper book! This time it’s Garfield Minus Garfield, the very funny—some might say Kafkaesque—tumblr by Irish musician Dan Walsh that features old Garfield strips from which Garfield himself has been surgically removed so that it looks like Jon Arbuckle is just talking to himself like a crazy person.
Ballantine, which has been publishing Garfield since 1980, will rush the book as a trade paperback for release in October, according to an announcement posted on Mr. Walsh’s personal tumblr. Jim Davis, who created Garfield and owns all the copyrights, has given the project his blessing. “I think it’s an inspired thing to do,” Davis is quoted as saying in the release. “I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of Garfield."
Garfield Minus Garfield is, of course, only the latest blog of this sort to get a book contract from a trade publisher. In recent months, we’ve seen deals for Stuff White People Like, Cassette From My Ex, Things Younger Than McCain, and Postcards From Yo Momma (which was, full disclosure, started by an editor at The Observer).