A long time ago I read a critique of Garfield somewhere, where the author stated that it was not a good cartoon, as much of the information provided is redundant. The proof lies in the pudding: now I found Garfield Minus Garfield
“a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb. ”
Beautiful Decay comments:
“Hence, what this illustration contains is Jon in his truest, rawest form; without the guise of petty cat-antics to hide behind.”
There is also a book out and the amazon blurb says:
“In an act that should qualify him for the brilliant editors hall of fame, Dan Walsh discovered that if all traces of Jim Davis’s lazy, lasagna-scarfing cat were expunged from his own comic strip, Garfield became a funnier, much darker series, about a desperately lonely, self-loathing man’s existential despair. Walsh started posting his altered strips at garfieldminusgarfield.net. And in an act that definitely qualifies him for the good sport hall of fame, Davis not only didn’t sue him but approved of the project. This collection of the best de-Garfielded strips prints Walsh’s altered cartoons next to Davis’s originals; Davis even throws in a couple dozen Garfield-minus-Garfield strips he’s done himself.”
I never liked Garflied much, so I prefer this version, definitely.
See also my earlier post on comic abstraction