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No. 1229: Total Substitution Garfield

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Total Substitution Garfield

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Strip by: Manyhills, Garfunkel, DEIDATVM

Jon: I love neighbourhood walks.
Jon: They're just so quiet and peaceful!
Man: Pssst, wanna buy a suit?
Jon: Sure!
Garfield: No, they're not.

The author writes:

I've mentioned how Square Root of Minus Garfield can be in some ways considered a successor to Oulipo, but we're by no means the only ones: there was the Oupeinpo for painting, the Oulipopo for detective fiction (fiction concerning the po-pos, I guess) - and the one that concerns us today, the Ouvroir de bande dessinée potentielle (workshop for potential comic strips) or Oubapo. They did verbal substitution; they did expansion*; they did reduction. This strip uses a method called total substitution, invented by Killoffer. I (manyhills) chose a strip, then gave its text to this-guy and its images to Garfunkel. Garfunkel wrote new dialogue around the original images; this-guy created a new three panels of artwork around the original text; then I combined both new creations into the strip you see now.

Ever mindful of the need to eschew randomness, I chose the original strip by starting at the date of release of "Your Woman" by White Town and working forwards until I found something with a good amount of dialogue and some interesting artwork.

* Oh how I wish that strip had been titled "Everyday Is Like Sunday".

Original strips: concept from 1997-02-13, art from 1999-07-11, 2007-04-07, 2010-01-31, 2012-01-07, 2012-01-18, and 2012-01-27.