Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Funny: Garfield Minus Garfield

The decline of the comics is directly linkned with strips outliving the author's sense of humor--or in the case of Blondie, the author himself. The funny pages have devolved into trite formulae and bland punchlines. Recent gems like Pearls Before Swine, Lio, Bizarro, Brevity, and F Minus aside, the majority of newspaper comics are a waste of space.

But, thanks to the internet, we are proudly featuring an amazing thing: funny Garfield comic strips. This is no small achievement. Garfield was dumped by the Los Angeles Times in 2005:

The character, said Times editorial aide Jennifer James, had grown too predictable.
The Times was right. The Garfield character was unfunny. However, thanks to Garfield Minus Garfield, it turns out that all one needed to do was erase the fat cat from each panel and you have something funny and fresh: Jon Arbuckle being completely random and pathetic. Which is hilarious.

Here are some of my favorites:

Read them all at Garfield Minus Garfield!

1 comment:

paulthezag said...

God, that's funny. I now find myself actively looking forward to Garfield each morning just to edit him out with my mind and probe the depths of John's fractured mind.