Arbuckle Unplugged

“Garfield Minus Garfield” is hilarious.

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Sometimes the simplest concepts are the most entertaining.

Take for instance “Garfield Minus Garfield,” a comic blog that breathes new life into the musty and repetitive daily strip about everyone’s favorite lasagna-gobbling orange tabby.

GMG is fairly self-explanatory: The creator takes strips that originally featured interaction between Garfield and his nerdy owner, Jon Arbuckle, and digitally removes Garfield and his dialogue. What remains is a disjointed and hilarious portrait of a desperate, lonely, mentally troubled man. Sometimes, the results are even bizarrely philosophical:


But the thing that encourages me the most about this blog is that it bears the tacit approval of none other than Jim Davis, Garfield’s creator. In an interview with the Washington Post, Davis admitted that he was familiar with GMG and found it to be “an inspired thing to do.” He even went so far as to thank Dan Walsh, the blog’s creator, for helping him to see things from a different perspective.

In a culture that has become overly litigious and often hyper-sensitive, it’s refreshing to find someone in a relative position of power who can still take a joke — especially when the joke is on him.


Images courtesy of Garfield Minus Garfield.

Article © 2008 by Kevin Brotzman