A subset of the webcomic mezzacotta. Essentially, it's Garfield Minus Garfield turned Up to Eleven: a collection of humorous Garfield edits made by viewers. These edits often change the dialogue, or combine artwork from multiple Garfield strips. Some of the contributors read TV Tropes and use the tropes in their strips.View it here.
Censor Decoy: How Arugulafield got past the self-imposed radar, according to the annotation. The author had also submitted an even more outrageous◊ comic, so the former was published and the latter was a forum exclusive.
Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: invoked Parodied in SRoMG 2013-04-24, an edit of Garfield 2003-07-26◊. In the original Garfield strip, Garfield decides that a picture of a cow, with the word "cow" and an arrow, is a "clever use of symbolism". In the edit, the strip itself has arrows with the words "Jon", "Garfield", "Table", and so on, so the strip is also a clever use of symbolism.
Every strip has a transcript of the events of the strip. The transcript for Nightmare Fuel Garfield simply said "Dear lord, I don't know how to describe this.", although this was eventually removed and replaced with an actual transcript.
Feghoot: The annotation of this strip goes on a horribly long overanalyzation about whether or not you should be bothered by the author's changing of Garfield from orange to grey just to lead up to the punchline "But eventually we'll all just have to come to terms with the fact that there is more than one way to skin a cat."
Done in Kill Liz, where the author's notes reads: "I hope this makes a new Square Root meme." This forced meme was parodied in Garfield = Mass Times Acceleration, which changed Garfield's victim from Liz to a "forced meme".
#1440 declares it's now a meme in the title. It was the fourth strip in a Running Gag.
Franchise Zombie: The "Garfield in 2053" series, in which the comic is still continuing long after Jim Davis is dead, but the current editor refuses to put any effort into it, letting it devolve into a Cut and Paste Comic in which recycled strips are reinterpreted with a single image of Garfield.
It Makes Sense in Context: Utilized in Spot the Difference. Of these weird panels, some are from real Garfield strips, and some are edits. The real ones seem weird here, but they make sense in their original strips. All panels but one are real, and the one that isn't (the fifth one) has a relatively minor change.
Keep It Foreign: In Frenchfield, the original strip is rewritten in French. In the original, Jon thinks that the menu for a restaurant is in French. It's changed from French to English here.
Lampshade Wearing: Lampshadefield changes the reason that Garfield wears a lampshade. In the original Garfield, "What broken lamp?" In this strip, "What party?"
Mayan Doomsday: End of the Worldfield is inspired by the author's attmept to view a mezzacotta strip taking place on the day after the alleged apocalypse. 2012-12-21, meanwhile, edits the actual Garfield strip that fell on the "apocalypse" to have Jon say, "Besides, the world is ending today."
A few strips with Shout Outs have the release dates of the original strips be relevant to the thing being referenced:
Garfield Plus 88 MPH, in which Garfield throws the DeLorean on Nermal, is made from the 10/25/1985 strip, the date it was successfully tested in the first movie.
I know that was then but it could be againfield contains one panel from every Garfield corresponding to a date the England men's national football team was eliminated from a major tournament since the strips debut captioned with the lyrics to "Three Lions" by Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds, a song about still having faith in the team despite their constant failure.
On the other hand, certain strips utilize publishing dates of Garfield strips in interesting ways:
A currently running series of strips is each based on a birthday strip, tying into the publishing order of the SRoMG strips. For example, the 1978thSRoMGstrip, published on October 18, 2014, is based on Garfield's first birthday strip, originally published on June 19, 1978, while the 2014th SRoMG strip, which will be published on November 23, 2014, is based on Garfield's latest birthday strip, originally published on June 19, 2014. These strips are the fruits of a collaborative projectby the Comics Irregulars.
Played straight in the one thousandth comic, 1000th Root of Minus Garfield, which features every strip up untill that point pasted into one giant collage. Parodied in Party Like It's #999 (the comic immediately afterwards), in which Garfield dumps a bottle of ketchup on himself as celebration, only to realize it's not the 1000th strip.
Also parodied when four months after each other, a pairof strips by the same author ran that both involved Garfield randomly attacking an empty table, causing Jon to comment "I liked that silence.". The author then commented "If Jim Davis can recycle gags, so can I".
Exquisite Garfield, in which one contributor removed the dialogue from three strips of Garfield watching TV and and gave each panel for a different contributor to put dialogue in. Each contributer was only allowed to see their blank panel (and the one before it for every second and third). The results were Garfield viewing a documentary about mutant grass, an infomercial for a machine that lets you enjoy your favorite meal by putting your finger into it, and a cliched show about blowing up lasagna.
Aversion: The title and author's notes of Found By: Zalgo implied the author was either going to or trying to make a running gag editing a strip where Jon's father finds him and Garfield hiding in the closet so that various fictional characters found him instead. However, nothing else came out of it.
Discussed in the authors notes to #233, as to why a strip beginning with "Your pointy elbows give me a headache" just doesn't work:
"The purpose of a joke like this, as used in many other strips, not to mention almost ubiquitously in The Simpsons, is setting up an expectation and then humorously defying it. Jon's nonsensical statement about Garfield's "pointy elbows" sets up no expectations to defy in the third panel (and, come to think of it, my cat doesn't even have elbows)."
In No Time for the Dog! (a strip originally created for the now defunct webcomic Social Networking), Jon says that they will need to go somewhere where they will appreciate their particular brand of repeated identical gags and two-dimensional characters. Garfield's response? "Of course! To Friends!".
The description to Garfield Goes Green states "I'd make a joke about how this is as eco-friendly as NBC's "Green Week", but nobody watches NBC even here in America so it wouldn't make much sense".
"She Makes Me Wanna Garfield", on the Boy Band JLS, gives a Take That to them and another group: "Owners of Now That's What I Call Music! 80 will be aware that [JLS's] output pales in comparison to that of One Direction, whose début single 'What Makes You Beautiful' would be perfect if not for the presence of One Direction on it."
Two different contributers submitted two different takes on the "I liked that ringtone!" Running Gag showing the ringtone as being a particularly bad ringtone/song. Manyhills' take had it being the Crazy Frog making motorcycle noises ringtone, and Colin Foster's take had it be "I Kissed a Girl". As a bonus, David's notice pointing out the coincidence ends with "If only Justin Bieber would write a song about pudding pops...".
In Jon's Twilight Saga, when Jon hears over the phone Bella dumped him for Jacob, Garfield snarks "Still better than the movies.". Further hammered in by the description, which calls the whole franchise a "lingering nightmare".
Barneyfield, in which Garfield accidentally turns himself into Barney the Dinosaur. It appears to be a mere Shout-Out untill the annotation makes it quite clear: "I actually hate Barney like everyone else does in the world. Wanted to make that clear because this could be construed as a pro-Barney strip.".
Bryan Adams-field, which is an installment of the Broken Record gag with Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?". Similar to the above example, it doesn't appear to be a negative reference untill the annotation states "Oh, how I despise that song".
Also playing on the ringtone gag with Crazy Frog, Scat Talkin', where Garfield smashes Jon's phone playing the Crazy Frog version of Axel F before the scatting, because the author personally hates the scatting but loves the music in the song. He flat out states this, mentioning the author.
The aptly named Take That, where Garfield watches a Nickelback concert consisting of nothing but fart noises.
Nick-ah-lo-dee-yun! contains a potshot to CatDog. (Although it's then subverted in the description, which claims the show wasn't that bad and the theme tune rocked.)
There's a "The world is constantly changing" edit that involves Jon talking about how the world is constantly crashing, following by an error message box. The title of the strip? "Super Meat Field".
Fan FictionField is a Take That towards Cupcakes. It shows Pinkie Pie standing next to a cupcake while saying "cupcakes" in a freaky sort of way. Garfield then says "Sorry you had to see that."
The 2013-12-22 comic, in which Garfield gets upset at hearing the same Christmas song over and over on the radio and smashes it to bits, much to Jon's annoyance, inevitably became another stock source for these. The first one, Insert Your Own Take That Here, made it [Trope Name] by inviting the viewer to put in the name of their least favorite pop artist, complete with a Call Back to the earlier Nickelback example. The second, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, put in Manfred Mann's "There She Goes (Do Wah Diddy Diddy)" as the song.
Reedfield, in which Jon listens to Lou Reed's infamous Metal Machine Music album. The author's description of the strip ends with "(fill in your own Justin Bieber joke here)" after mentioning that the album inspired other artists to make their own music in the same vein.
Garfield in LA, in which Garfield violently coughs at air polluted by smog. Although the author states "The air's not that bad in LA...usually" and explains the events of the strip as "a large wildfire".
Vegan Garfield shows Jon converting Garfield to veganism and bragging about it on Tumblr. The author states he does not support "the (eventually) lethal practice of enforcing a vegan diet on obligate carnivores".
Then followed with a sequel wherein Jon has a literal Sock Puppet account on Tumblr. The annotation goes even further: "Keep your sock puppet accounts off Tumblr and check your thin privilege, Jon! Don't bring the Social Justice League into this!"
Throw the Dog a Bone: Thesetwo alter a strip when Garfield almost falls off a table trying to get some food so he actually gets the food. In the first, he launches it in the air by hitting the plate, climbs back up, and catches it in his mouth. The second is the same, except he gets back on the table using portals.