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Web Comic Spotlight: 4/10/12 - Garfield Minus Garfield

Everyone remembers that fat, lasagna-loving feline Garfield, right? Well, what happens when you remove Garfield from his own comic strip? The answer is hilarity.

Welcome back to the Web Comic Spotlight where we take a look at a piece of the comic book world that keeps us entertained on a daily b

asis. Last week, we featured my personal favorite web comic website called The Oatmeal, and this week we take a look at my second favorite site, which a few of you sent me an e-mail about: Garfield Minus Garfieldcreated by Dan Walsh, based upon the work of Jim Davis.

The idea for Garfield Minus Garfield is incredibly simple. Take old Garfield comics and remove Garfield from said comic. What do you have left? Surprisingly, something laugh out loud funny. Many of us loved Garfield growing up, and he's a great part of American culture; however, who knew something as simple as removing the main character from the comic could be so darn funny?

At the same time, removing Garfield makes the strip a bit depressing. The focus is more on Jon Arbuckle who turns out to be a p

retty sad and lonely guy. Removing Garfield makes this strip a strange reflection of how so many of us feel in our private life and some of the things we may do or ways we may act when we think no one else is around.

The coolest thing about this strip is that Garfield author, Jim Davis, supports the strip, and he wrote the forward for the book. Yes, there's even collection of these in book form you can buy online. Yes, it's worth it. Davis said this about the strip and Walsh's creation, back in 2008:

The cartoonist calls the work "an inspired thing to do" and wishes to thank Walsh for enabling him to see another side of "Garfield."

You can spend hours at the site having yourself a good giggle at the strips as Jon Arbuckle deals with life. The site was started by Dan Walsh, from Ireland, back in February of 2008, and he usually gets a new strip up every couple of days.

It's a really cool idea, and what draws most people in is that it's a new take on an old classic, and who knew that simply removing Garfield from the comic strip would turn the book into something so different and still so funny?

Make sure to check out the Garfield Minus Garfield website, check out the GMinusG twitter page, and you can even follow GMinusG creator Dan Walsh on twitter.

Yes, it's sad, but it's one of my favorites.

Do you have or know a webcomic you think should be featured? E-mail us at comicvinespotlight@gmail.com

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring is a comedian, writer, and host of the internet show no one watches, Barely Watchable. Follow him on Twitter: @inferiorego

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

This sounds like a very funny, creative web comic.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Sounds cool, i'll check it out

Posted by Hot_Karl

Oh god, I love Garfield Minus Garfield, it's like weird dark existential humor, kind of like we're watching an alternate universe where Jon is this close to suicide. It's hilarious.

Garfield's been the subject of some pretty....interesting internet projects:

Posted by AlKusanagi

I seem to recall a similar site years and years ago that did almost the same thing, only instead of removing Garfield they just removed all of his thought balloons. Didn't make Jon look any less crazy.

Posted by TwistedGamer

Someone should do this with Calvin & Hobbs, and just take out Hobbs and his dialogue....it would make Calvin look like a crazy person.

Posted by SammyGabryl

This is great. I've been reading it for a while. It's cool that web comics are getting some recognition on Comicvine now.

Posted by wmwadeii

Loved it.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Wow, thats great.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I like the concept, even if Garfield is what makes Garfield comic strips great :)

Posted by feargalr

@SammyGabryl said:

This is great. I've been reading it for a while. It's cool that web comics are getting some recognition on Comicvine now.

This is true. I always like when they do a new feature.

Though I'll always be longing for the return of three minute expert

Posted by pikahyper

Reading the title I thought Garfield had finally died from all the lasagna bingeing and they continued the comic without him o.o

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Posted by lmothander

John Arbuckle reminds me of Alan Harper from 2.5 men...

Posted by Funrush

Heard of this a while ago, this is kind of strange. Without Garfield, Jon's depressing, yet for some reason it still makes us laugh.

Posted by SammyGabryl

@feargalr: Yeah, that was always one of my favorites.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Poor Jon. If you think about it, he's a miserable dude without Garfield... it makes him seem even more crazy/depressed/miserable if you think like Garfield were just a figment of his imagination.

Posted by Billy Batson

reminds me of mat.
BB

Posted by MatKrenz

@TwistedGamer: Robot Chicken did a bit of that premise once.

Posted by The Impersonator

@haydenclaireheroes said:

This sounds like a very funny, creative web comic.

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Posted by Renchamp

This seems to answer the question that's been asked for years: Does Jon know what Garfield is saying? No, and it's hilariously sad that he truly is one of those cat people.

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Posted by inferiorego

@Billy Batson said:

reminds me of mat.
BB

truer words have never been written

Posted by Kal'smahboi

This is hilarious and depressing. I love it.

Posted by Loki2u

Its still not funny.

Posted by KingSolomon

I always thought that garfield minus garfield was more sad than funny....

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

This is hilarious.

Posted by KidSupreme

nice!

Posted by WindFall259

The fact that this is funnier than the original makes me sad.

Posted by pingclang

This didn't even make me crack a smile...nor did the rest of the remade strips on the website.

Edited by TerryMcC

It’s funnier without the cat than with him, but not as funny as the time years ago when the distributor of the panel comic strips The Far Side and Dennis the Menace accidentally mixed up the captions

Posted by ka385385

Not as fuuny as it used to be i must said.

Posted by Theodore

Love Garfield I will check this out

Posted by _Cain_

This webcomic is so awesome.

Posted by _Cain_

@TwistedGamer said:

Someone should do this with Calvin & Hobbs, and just take out Hobbs and his dialogue....it would make Calvin look like a crazy person.

YES.

Posted by dvorak

@shadowknight666 said:

@TwistedGamer said:

Someone should do this with Calvin & Hobbs, and just take out Hobbs and his dialogue....it would make Calvin look like a crazy person.

YES.

There's a Robot Chicken sketch kind of along those lines.