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Garfield minus Garfield “an inspired thing”

Garfield Minus Garfield

The now famous “Garfield Minus Garfield” blog is getting mainstream media attention. The blog, by Dan Walsh of Dublin, takes a Garfield comic strip and removes the main character Garfield to allow readers a different view of Jon Arbuckle.

From the site’s description:

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

The Washington Post has a write-up regarding the site and contacted Garfield creator Jim Davis for a reaction.

One of Walsh’s occasional readers is Davis, who heard about the site a few months ago. The cartoonist calls the work “an inspired thing to do” and wishes to thank Walsh for enabling him to see another side of “Garfield.”

“Some of the strips were slappers: ‘Oh, I could have left that out.’ It would have been funnier,” Davis says.

Walsh may start having trouble finding the lonely, depressed Jon for his comics. Davis recently created a girlfriend for the longtime bachelor.

“How much humor can you get out of someone’s unhappiness?” Davis muses. “Day after day for so many years — it was getting to me, too.”

Community Comments

#1 Eric Burke
@ 8:04 am

Credit to Jim Davis for having such a good sense of humor about GMG. I’ve always loved that toon. Funny stuff, and don’t forget about this distorted take on Garfield

#2 Dawn Douglass
@ 8:10 am

My daughter showed this site to me some time back. She loves it. I admit that I too find this comic strip funnier without Garfield in it.

#3 josh shalek
@ 10:14 am

Jim Davis wonders how much humor you can get out of unhappiness. Really? Has he read Peanuts?

#4 Mike Witmer
@ 10:37 am

I’m a regular on Garfield Minus Garfield and I think it’s hilarious. If I were Mr. Davis, I’d sign the guy on.

#5 Larry Levine
@ 11:32 am

If I were Jim Davis I’d be suing for damages, but being I’m not him–keep up the good work!

#6 Danny Burleson
@ 1:06 pm

I just recently started reading Garfield minus Garfield and it’s hilarious! Now I find myself reading the normal Garfield and imagining how it would read without Garfield in it. lol

#7 Scott Hilburn
@ 1:18 pm

They’re all funny – but ehh…I think the first one on March 26th is by far the funniest.

#8 Rick Ellis
@ 1:26 pm

For me it’s a tie between March 26th and the third one down for Feb 24th.

#9 Tom Heintjes
@ 1:36 pm

Yes, it’s great stuff–glad there’s no copyright threats being bnadied about!

#10 Garey Mckee
@ 3:45 pm

Wow. Where have I been? Garfield minus Garfield is a truly inspired site!

It’s actually a very interesting character study. For the most part, Jon has only served as a reactionary character, the butt of Garfields jokes, or to set up a punchline for Garfield. But when the focus is shifted one really does see him differently. Much more human.

It doesn’t serve to bash or put down the strip at all, just explore a different and overlooked angle of the work. Props to Jim Davis for being so open to that. As I said, very inspired.

#11 Garey Mckee
@ 3:54 pm

One more thing I’ve noticed upon reading the G-G strips. They are a great disection of the study of timing and pacing in a comic strip.

#12 Jonah Lentz
@ 6:31 pm

I think I know where Garfield is…

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