Even better than the real thing

It’s not that I’m against change — it’s that I don’t think you should fuck with things that were fine just as they were. There was no need to make Apple Jacks green, for example.

Yet, I love garfield minus garfield. I would argue that Garfield was not ever (or hasn’t been, since the way beginning before Garfield became extra googly-eyed) just fine. Garfield seems ripe for parody. How else can you explain remixing Garfield with Final Fantasy? I keep thinking my affection for garfield minus garfield will diminish, but it doesn’t.

It grows.

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle.

poor jon arbuckle

Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

I’ve Been Reading Webcomics

From daily dinosaur comics: “as you know, parents are the wingmen on the flight through life.”

Patches reveals the secret to the success of the iPod, plus how a donut got under the couch.

“I own three Bruce Lee posters, a cat, and a book on Dangerous Snakes. Obviously I am living life to its fullest.”

Questionable Content is more addictive that it first appears. At first, I didn’t think I’d like it. Then I started reading things like “I will sass you into unconsciousness and then crush you with my bright yellow butt” and got hooked.

The Birds and The Bees… at the pound?

This has got to be the most interesting child’s explanation of human reproduction I’ve ever seen:

“You’re lying,” Anna says. “The man and the woman go to the pound. They pick out a dog. They bring the dog home and they feed it baby food. And then one day all the dog’s hair falls out and it’s pink. And it learns how to talk, and it has to wear clothes. And they give it a new name, not a dog name. They give it a baby name and it has to give the dog name back.”

Anna is a little girl in the short story “Louise’s Ghost” which is in Stranger Things Happen.

I have to say I didn’t come up with anything half so interesting on my own as a little kid.

Comments are open, especially if you know of an unusual “how babies get here” story.