some astute and brillant ysmarko reader emailed me a while ago with a link to this fantastic blog called “garfield minus garfield” (unfortunately , i can’t rememeber who sent it to me, but am positive it was an above-average person). the concept is simple: remove garfield, and his comments, from three-panel strips, leaving only john, talking to himself. the result is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes insightful take that looks a bit like most of us at times, and a bit, well, schizophrenic at other times. as the site says:
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.
here are a few samples: