Dilbert and Garfield have a lot of things in common. They’re both massively successful comic strips. They’ve both been turned into animated series. They both have hugely profitable merchandising arms. They both found success through offering safe, relatively innocuous and uncontroversial humor keyed to appeal to as wide a demographic as possible.

So, really, there’s no need for newspapers to run both of them. There has to be a way to free up space in funny pages for something newer and more adventurous without alienating people who just want something to clip out and stick on their cubicle white-board. Which got me thinking…what if the cast of Dilbert were lazy, food-obsessed cats owned by a nerd?

Eh, that sort of works…but it still feels like there’s something missing from this equation…

4 Responses to “Garbert”
  1. Leeatard says:

    Wow, it’s Garfield Minus Garfield Plus Dilbert. Universal Press Syndicate gonna sue somebody.

  2. dagnabbit says:

    Huh. I think you’re really onto something with art/dialog switcheroo in comics. But really, I think you’re being unfair to Dilbert. Dilbert is chiefly about the inane drudgery of the modern workplace. It’s about something that people didn’t really connect with in 1950.
    Garfield on the other hand, sucks, and doesn’t connect with anyone. I think you could probably take a Garfield script and drop it in any other strip and it would make as much sense. All the Garfield scripts you used scream Beetle Bailey to me.
    So why pick on Dilbert? Dilbert has seen better days, but at least the strip is still relevant. The same simply cannot be said for “Hagar”, “Beetle Bailey”, “B.C.”, “Family Circus”, “Wizard of Id”, and especially…friggin’ “Garfield”!

  3. as says:

    Well, structurally Dilbert, like Garfield, relies mainly on characters staying put and saying their lines, so switching the lines can be done reasonably well. And both strips feature a good deal of people ignoring each other, the discussions are usually disjointed to start with.

    Strips like Hagar and B.C. rely more on situations, who says to whom and when and where, so in those switches like these don’t work so well (I guess if one would pick specific strips it could be done, but not with randomly selected ones).
    But I do agree that those strips are well past their expiration date.

  4. DeBT says:

    You’re not the only one who’s noticed that some comics can sound better when their dialogue’s switched with another – Kleefeld’s (underappreciated) mash-ups has also produced in some interesting results.

    Plenty more experiments can be seen here:

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