Nearly two years ago I commented on what the Internet had done with Garfield. Today I looked over it and changed the links to point to what’s now out there (and thankfully added a link to a randomizer.
Now I come across this man’s discussion on the Garfield comic, in which he describes the rise and fall of the comic strip. He does make some points about how the comic strip could be interesting (and sometimes was) but had recently fallen into boredom (and a quick comment on its recent improvement, due most likely to the recent romance between Liz and Jon). He also talks about the randomizer (and goes on to talk about other ways of changing the reality behind the strips).
Sadly this column has ended, probably because you can only talk about a certain number of ways about how bad comic strips are. With today’s strips hanging on a thread thanks to a newspaper industry just this side of disappearing, one shouldn’t expect TOO MUCH WIT from one’s comics. Besides, when people try to stretch their subject matter beyond what’s familiar and cute, they get ripped on. Ask the creator of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft: His Dying Lisa caused a number of papers to remove the F.W. strip — strips that have yet to add them back on.
But still, I would have liked to have seen him make one more strip: how Garfield improved over the past few years. It would have made an upbeat ending to the concept.