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Submit a Strip!
I have an idea for a Garfield mash-up! Can I send you a strip?
Sure! Please follow these guidelines to help make our life easier:
- Send strips to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell us your preferred author name or nom de plume so we can credit you. Do this every time you send in a strip, so we can identify who you are - sometimes it's impossible for us to know who you are if you don't tell us.
- Tell us the date of the original Garfield strip or strips you are parodying or have used to make your strip (if any).
- Include a typed transcript of your strip, following the format seen on the site. This saves us a lot of time - if you don't include a transcript, your strip is much less likely to be published.
- Save your strip in PNG format. If your software can't, then use BMP or TIF. Do not use JPG or GIF except in the following special cases:
- For strips that are largely photos, rather than cartoon line art, JPG is acceptable.
- For strips containing animations, GIF is acceptable.
- Attach your strip submission to your submission e-mail. Do not upload it to Dropbox or Imgur or some other image hosting site and send a link. We keep track of which strips have been published by deleting them from the submission e-mail. If you upload to an image hosting site - we can't tell if/when we publish it - so we probably won't.
- Content must be approximately PG-rated. If you're not sure, send it in and we'll decide.
- By submitting a strip, you agree that your contribution will be published under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence.
You may also send us some brief biography information, an image, and a link for your website if you like.
If you send us a strip, you might not hear from us for several weeks. We have a large backlog of submissions. Check the
statistics page to see how many strips have been added to the database buffer queue already. In addition to those, we will
have anywhere up to a hundred or more submissions sitting unsorted in our mailbox! We do appreciate all submissions, but it will
take some time for your submission to be processed and more time until it's published.
Is there anything not allowed?
We will reject outright any strip violating any of the following:
- Not approximately PG-rated. A little bit risqué is okay, but nothing explicit.
- Comics made using Professor Garfield's Comics Lab on the garfield.com website.
- Comics generated by any of the random Garfield comic strip generators which exist on the web. (If you write your own generator, we'll accept an initial sampling of strips from that.)
- Strips that don't use or reference Garfield comics. References to Garfield can be highly meta-level or surreal, but there must be some connection. You can submit strips based on other comics to our sister project, iToons.
Strips which are variants of the infamous "pudding pops" strip may be submitted, but are placed in a special ultra-low-priority queue. There are nearly 100 unpublished strips in this queue, dating back to 2010. They will be trickled out extremely slowly, if at all. Basically, if you submit a strip that is a variant of this, odds are it will never get published. Use your creative energy on some other strip idea.
Where can I find Garfield strips to mash?
If you need help finding a good strip to mash, there are ways to search Garfield strips:
Original Garfield strips for mashing in your graphics editor are available from:
Garfield's Art Gallery at URLs of the form: strips.garfield.com/iimages/YYYY/gaYYMMDD.gif (for example http://strips.garfield.com/iimages/1978/ga780619.gif). These have been removed following Viacom's acquisition of Garfield.
You can get double-sized strips from URLs of the form strips.garfield.com/iimages1200/YYYY/gaYYMMDD.gif (for example http://strips.garfield.com/iimages1200/1978/ga780619.gif). These have been removed following Viacom's acquisition of Garfield.
You can get double-sized black and white strips from URLs of the form strips.garfield.com/bwiimages1200/YYYY/gaYYMMDD.gif (for example http://strips.garfield.com/bwiimages1200/1978/ga780619.gif). These have been removed following Viacom's acquisition of Garfield.
- Double sized strips copied from the now-defunct garfield.com site are archived on Garfield Wiki. However strips from 2020-08-02 onwards are only 1.5× size (900 pixels wide), not double (1200 pixels).
- The official GoComics web site at URLs of the form: http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/YYYY/gaYYMMDD.gif (for example http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1978/ga780619.gif). However, the strips from 2006-02-25 onward suffer from a loss of saturation compared to the original strips, and the Sunday strips from 2010-11-21 onwards are in inferior quality JPEG format instead of GIF (replace ".gif" with ".jpg" in the URL if you want to see them). For these strips, it is preferable to use the Garfield's Art Gallery versions.
Where can I find Garfield text fonts?
Did you get my submission?
We try to notify you within a week or so when we receive your submission. Sometimes it can take a bit longer, if I'm busy (or on vacation). But if you haven't received
confirmation within a few weeks, let us know.
Why aren't my submitted strips showing up as "to be published" on my author page?
Once a strip is received, it sits in a slush pile for a while. A couple of times a month, we select strips from this pile to add to the publication
queue in the database. This is the stage when they show up listed on your author page. The slush pile typically contains something like 100-200
submissions - which translates to an average lag of 3-6 months between submission and publication. We select by submission quality and author variety,
so a few quality submissions by any given author have a better chance of faster publication than lots of mediocre submissions.
Basically, you can expect a few months delay between receiving acknowledgement that we received your strip and seeing it listed on your author
page and then published. But please don't be put off! We definitely want high quality submissions to keep the site going strong.