I haven't laughed at a Garfield comic since I was probably ten years old, when I was still in the flush of what you might call my Garfield Period, when I couldn't get enough of the comics or the cartoons that starred the fat, pasta-craving cat. Alas, I'm a grown-up now, and the comic strip, still theoretically produced by Jim Davis, is a daily three or four panel black hole, from which nothing funny can ever escape.
Turns out some brilliant blogger figured out the perfect way to take that tired, worn-out old comic strip chestnut, and make it funny in a very big way. He didn't do it by adding Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Bill Murray; he did it by subtracting Garfield.
Yes, it's Garfield Minus Garfield, no longer an unfunny strip about a fat cat, now a hilarious strip about a deeply disturbed Jon Arbuckle. From the intro at the top of the website: 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?
Here's today's strip:
The guy who thought of this is a genius. Here's one from yesterday, which just about knocked me off my chair:
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. Wouldn't it be so much better if they started running this
in the newspaper instead of the one with Garfield?