13 AprGarfield Minus Garfield

We all love the comics, and we most definitely love Garfield. But ever wonder what it would be like without Garfield? Dan Walsh, creator of Garfield Minus Garfield, has you covered. On the page, it’s stated that “Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is 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.”

Once Garfield was out of the picture, the comic suddenly became a bit darker and more real. It’s sad for Jon, but at the same time funny and relatable. It’s also more hopeful in a way; seeing this depressed and lonely man go through the motions. It makes you look at the positives in your life and think “Hey, I’m alright.”

And what does Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, think about this? On an interview with the Washington Post, Jim calls it “an inspired thing to do” and thanks Dan Walsh for letting him see another side of the comic. Props to Jim for having a laugh and being generous about his work, allowing Walsh’s creativity to prosper.

Check out Garfield Minus Garfield and keep Jon company. He needs it, guys. Seriously.


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