A long time ago, I discovered that Jim Davis, the author of Garfield comics, syndicates his stuff with uComics. An interesting, and probably well-known, fact is that uComics actually stores the images from a particular cartoon in a fairly friendly directory structure! At least, they do with Garfield comics. So I was able to do some back-door hacks and write a simple little script that would in essence harvest Garfield comics directly from uComics.
Apart from being able to download a year’s worth at a time (any more would probably kill my computer and the web host), I also was able to create a script that would grab today’s Garfield comic and display it with general navigation buttons to yesterday..or really any day since it was first begun in 1978.
Anyhow, I have been hosting this script on both my personal web server and on Brinkster. Today, I ‘upgraded’ my script, cloning it to a new page which is embed-friendly:
- Original Garfield Script
- Embed Page
The fun of an embed page is that I can put the proper code into any webpage that accepts HTML and this will display these comics inline!
<iframe width="100%" height="240px" src="http://site.com/TodaysGarfield_Simple.asp" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframe.</iframe>
If all goes well, you should see a floating box with the comic and a few links displayed right on your page (such as the one in the footer below)!