Created by Dan Walsh, Garfield Minus Garfield is one of those things you stumble on and can’t believe that something you think you knew and loved so well could be interpreted in a completely different way.
Jim Davis’ beloved comic, Garfield, has been transformed by the removal of its feline title character,
…in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of and isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.
I think this is brilliant and I don’t know if there’s any other comic with which this could work. The removal of all other characters beside Jon truly demonstrates his pathetic existence. We already knew this was true, but never before has it been so blatantly illustrated for all to see.
It’s deep, slightly esoteric every once in awhile, but really just tragic in the end. It’s innovation that lays bare what Jon’s life would be like without Garfield to make him feel worse!
This has been around for a little while, sanctioned by Jim Davis, and is now in book form. I really enjoy it!
My little comic “series” started a few days ago with a feature on the first Dilbert contiguous story arc (at least the first one I remember!). You can read about it here.
What’s your favorite comic strip or graphic novel? Comment I’ll try and take a look and review it!