Monday, July 20, 2020

Garfield Minus Garfield

Garfield is  the mac and cheese of the comic strip page. Reliable, easy, not too filling. It can be bland, or it can be tasty, but it's hit or miss. But OMGosh, have you seen Garfield Minus Garfield? This site ( takes something decent and turns it into a delectable treat! It's the difference between Kraft and my mom's gourmet gruyere mac and cheese. Definitely better than lasagna.

So the concept is simple: take a Garfield strip, and subtract Garfield. The result a wide range of emotions expressed through art. We see a portrait of Jon Arbuckle that is at times sad and lonely, at times bleak, at times dark and twisted, at times surreal and goofy — but always interesting. Created in 2008 by John Walsh, Garfield Minus Garfield inadvertently goes deep into the mind of an isolated and outcast man, left to mentally unravel and slowly break down into a mess of psychological perturbations. Plus, it's just oddball stuff and fun to watch!

Here, we present some of the best moments of Garfield Minus Garfield.

Let's start with a silly one. A man yelling at a toaster. Totally normal.

This one I relate to. Hard.

Bwa ha ha ha!

I mean, who HASN'T done this?

Without Garfield, this strip alters the meaning and gives us a slice of life of a mentally challenged man.
Actually, no. Nothing really changed much from the original.

Oof. I don't know which is harsher: Jon or Jon?

As a newly made bachelor, I think Jon has just given me my next life goal.

I feel for the doctor, honestly.

Yeah, man! You break the rules! #idowhatiwant

And we end with a bit of existentialism mixed with physical comedy, the best unintentional combination,
made possible by photo manipulation. Thank you for listening to my TED talk.

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