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In what has to be the oddest turn of events, I have become a huge fan of the Garfield comic strip.
Well… more to the point, I have become a fan of Garfield Minus Garfield. It started showing up in the shared items my friends sent me on Google Reader, and at first I thought, “what the hell?” Sure, it seems a bit odd at first, but then you suddenly find it growing on you, and taking on whole new meanings. Below is the blurb from the site explaining it.
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. Letâ€™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 would add it becomes almost zen like and existential! Jon has become the ultimate icon of the modern society that has become so disconnected from everyone. He has no one, he goes through his daily life playing straight man to himself, or like some great philosopher. All of this from the removal of an orange cat, it almost boggles the mind.
Sure, it’s silly on some levels, and you wonder how long this can last before Jim Davis, the creator of the comic strip, tries to shut it down. One hopes he will just leave it alone as it has probably brought his strip more attention than it has gotten in years For now, check it out, somehow I think you will find yourself oddly getting sucked into it.