Dan Walsh, author/creator of the brilliant book Garfield Minus Garfield (and the blog of the same name), pointed out something very cool. Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, actually likes Walsh's idea of removing the cat from the eponymous cartoon, leaving behind only his owner Jon. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Davis called Walsh's work "an inspired thing to do."
The full article is here. (Thanks to John M for the tip.)--David E