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Existential Comic Strips

Garfield Minus Garfield is a Hilarious Cartoon Tribute to Make You Think

— March 29, 2011 — Pop Culture
If you’ve ever found yourself reading one of Jim Davis’ Garfield comics and feeling that there is definitely something odd about Jon Arbuckle (the human counterpart to Garfield himself), than you will definitely get a kick out of Garfield Minus Garfield by Dan Walsh.

By simply removing the character of Garfield and all his dialogue from published Garfield comics, Dan Walsh is able to recast and refocus on the underlying angst of the Jon Arbuckle character in order to take readers on "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." Needless to say, after reading a few hilarious strips of Jon talking to himself, you will immediately see why this offbeat description perfectly sums up what reading Garfield Minus Garfield is like.

Incredibly enough, even Jim Davis himself has expressed admiration for Garfield Minus Garfield, which is a rare honor not many tribute comics or reinterpretations can lay claim to.
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