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.