Garfield Minus Garfield

Jon Smiling

Garfield Minus Garfield is a webcomic created by Dan Walsh. Each strip consists of a reprint of a past episode from the comic strip Garfield, from which the character of Garfield himself has been removed through photo manipulation. Though Walsh admits that he was not the first to come up with this idea, he was the first to popularize it. The resulting strips thus consist mostly of Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle, interacting with himself, rather than with his pet cat.

The strip’s website characterizes this result as ‘a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.’ Garfield artist Jim Davis has commented on the webcomic, stating that he is an occasional reader and finds it ‘fascinating’ and an ‘inspired thing to do.’

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One Comment to “Garfield Minus Garfield”

  1. I grew up reading Garfield habitually.

    Jon Arbuckle was already pretty unstable but taking Garfield out of the mix doesn’t really make him seem that much more lonely or insane. Let’s face it, all we get are Garfield’s thoughts. Jon can’t hear him and, at best, makes the assumption that his pets can understand what he says. Still, seeing a comic that I know well being tweaked always leaves me laughing and this strip was no exception.

    Long story short, I love any opportunity to see any man sleep deep into a dark depressing madness.

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