back to Barfield.
i never see Barfield mentioned in lists of weird garfield stuff. it's like everyone forgot about it. i always fear stuff like this will disappear from the internet. thank goodness for wget.
show Elbe Spurling some love. she also did the brick bible. (bible depicted with legos) https://elbespurling.com/
the "weird garfield" internet phenomenon dates to at least as early as 2006, to this thread on the Truth and Beauty Bombs forum.
this thread spawned the silent garfield meme (comics improved by removing garfield's speech bubbles), the garfield minus garfield meme (later exploited by Dan Walsh in 2008), and "garfield has crazy eyes"
even before this, there was the garfield shuffler in 2004. it goes way back
as for what the oldest one is, i'm not sure. but this image was posted to a bbs in 1989.
does that count? well it's not really the internet. also, not really weird enough.
no im wrong its actually way too weird.
what i'm scraping today: Barfield Loses his Lunch by Elbe Spurling http://www.thereverend.com/barfield/index.html (NSFW - bodily functions, bestiality, & death)
the "weird garfield" meme is still going strong today. but it has a long history on the internet. this came out in 2008, and it's not the oldest example by a long shot.
another gif from old bbs shareware cd (i think).
i'd love to know what's going on here. fractal? some kind of tessellation? all over my head.
imagine how long it took to make this. how long it took to conceive of this. or maybe it just comes naturally to the person who did this.
no good search results for gemetrica design in berkeley ca, so the artist is a mystery
cleaning out an old HD and found a bunch of gifs with ancient timestamps. i must have downloaded an old bbs shovelware cd. i'll post some of the best. this one says its from 1988.
i like the style. not pixel-perfect like a video game; not realistic like photoshop. feels like a painter's attempt to transfer their brush skills to the mouse. probably deluxe paint.
not the phone book in question.
so NAPLPS is vector graphics + text, with palette cycling options, and apparently some escape characters for making presentations out of different screens. there are no bezier splines, so you have to make all the curves out of little straight lines.
it feels like im designing graphics for public access or the weather channel.
like, if you want to delete something, you cant just hit the delete key. you gotta select the shape, go through some menu, and pick "delete."
oh and "send to front / send to back" is weird to. you can only select two shapes and swap orders. and to confirm, you right click. wtf
simtel is still around on archive.org and other places. i found the software, which is called microstar graphics editor. got it running in freeDOS. now i can make my own telidon style art. except the interface suuuuuuucks.