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March 3, 2008

so good

i've linked to this before, but i just revisited it and was reminded of its genius :: garfield minus garfield :: brings up the question - are blogs like people? can they re-tell the same story after some time has passed? i say yes.

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I like 06/15/2007. Very Garfield.

Posted by: Charly at March 3, 2008 4:52 PM

yes. especially since stories get better with the retelling although the facts may change. :P

Posted by: ingrid at March 3, 2008 5:14 PM

Brilliant! The blank squares are the best part.

I used to have an apartment neighbor who reminded me of John Arbuckle--the look, the mannerisms, the strangeness. In fact his first name was John, and he even had an orange cat.
One night I opened my door to go out, and there were five cops (in bullet proof vests) aiming their guns at his door, which was right next to mine. They freaked out and told me to go back inside, which I did, but not without noticing that there were at least three more cops positioned at various other points around the building. I sat on my kitchen floor for more than an hour holding a cell phone in one hand and a hefty chunk of granite in the other. Nobody ever knocked on my door to tell me it was safe to come out.
Two days later, John and I chatted on the landing (about the weather or something), and it was totally normal. Blank square. To this day, I have no idea what happened that night.

Posted by: Diana B. at March 3, 2008 11:43 PM

Hm, are you reading John Hodgman's blog, also? The internet is a small world.

Posted by: Lhyzz at March 3, 2008 11:52 PM

My friend just had a cardiac arrest, and he went into a coma for a few days. He's only 18, and it was caused by a heart murmur. What is really amazing is that he was dismissed from the hospital a week later, when he would normally have had to stay for six months, if he even ever came out of his coma. Right now he's slowly getting back to normal, as far as his memory goes. Anyways, he loved Garfield, so I'll print these up and see if he remembers what's missing :D. Just to give his mind a little extra exercise.

Posted by: Brian at March 4, 2008 2:42 AM

Nice. Haven't seen this before, but it's a nice adult perversion of a childhood favorite (kinda like those inside out teddy bears posted a few days ago). It works particularily well, I think, because there was always a subtle subtext that something was a little wrong with Jon--a vaguely neurotic loveable lonely loser who has a very deep (and vocal) relationship with his pets. Could this be done with other strips...Calvin without Hobbes? Spiderman without Spiderman? Family Circus without the family? (good god I'd love to erase those twee little bastards from the comics page).

This also reminds me of those porn photos someone photoshopped the actors out of--it ends up being a montage of seedy looking motel bedrooms in various states of disarry. Is this a new genre--maybe call it reductionism? Prolly too gimmicky to be really worthwhile...

Posted by: Christian Gindlesperger at March 4, 2008 9:23 AM

The results of Garfield minus Garfield are quite interesting.

In his "Prehistory of the Far Side" Gary Larson printed a few occasions when the tag line of his strip got mixed up with the Dennis the Menace strip in his local paper. He said that sometimes the results didn't make much sense, but sometimes the mixup improved the punch line of one or both strips.

I wonder if a similar technique could be applied to Mallard Fillmore. Would removing Mallard Fillmore from Mallard Fillmore improve that strip?

Actually, anything you do to Mallard Fillmore would improve that strip.

Posted by: David W. at March 4, 2008 10:51 AM

This slips backward over the fine line between funny and painful, smack to the back of the head. But the comic is much more palatable without that dagnabbid sarcastic cat.

Posted by: Jeano at March 4, 2008 12:14 PM

that's soo amusing.

Posted by: mai-ling at March 4, 2008 1:10 PM

I love Garfield; my fave all time cartoon cat. But this does add a certain "loco" quality to Jon. He is a little off isn't he? I wanna know what the cops were all about at Diana's neighbor's place.

Posted by: Tina at March 4, 2008 2:06 PM

Posted by: Fugliest Duckling at March 5, 2008 4:01 PM

Comics aren't funny anymore. Garfield especially. What a brilliant realization. I haven't laughed so hard in years!

Posted by: dray at March 7, 2008 12:56 AM


Posted by: henk at March 8, 2008 6:20 PM

That darned cat. He kept that fella sane it seems. That's what life is when the sillyass is absent. I prefer the sillyass to the irony. Irony doesn't have a very good sense of humor most of the time, but it has its place too. I never heard of Garfield Without Garfield before. Thanks for the link.

You can't step into the same river twice.
So they say.
There is no repetition,
only the paraphrase.

Almost a poem brought to you by the blizzard of 08.

Posted by: Booalready at March 9, 2008 12:11 AM

I like it better this way. My kids may be disappointed, though.

Posted by: rb at March 11, 2008 8:44 PM

This is truly funny, according to me. I am a delivery dude at a pizza place/Chinese restaurant and on my down time I sometimes rate the daily comics on an A-B-C-D scale. I am overwhelmingly dismayed by them. Most of the time I'm honestly shocked at the inanity/lack of hilarity of these comics. They're paid to to do this? In their defense, that's a lot of humor to dish out over a year. However, I require more. Maybe I'm twisted. Maybe I am not the target audience for 'Marmaduke' or 'Family Circle'. But, damn, I am grateful when one of these cartoonists punches through to something I think is fundamental, true, "something completely different" and funny. These "Garfield without Garfield" ones are really spaced out and a breath of fresh air.
This is now officially a rant and I apologize. Thank you for listening. One more thing: "Beware the perceptually dead."

Posted by: M.J. Devlin at March 13, 2008 12:38 AM

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