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Garfield, Redux
I have a dirty little secret, which I'll share - because this is the Internet and that's what it is for, right? Anyway, when I was young I loved Garfield. I used to buy all the books of the comics, and I still have them in a box somewhere in my basement I'm sure. I used to watch the animated specials. I had a stuffed Garfield. Yes, feel free to back away from me, that's to be expected.

Anyway, I kind of grew out of liking Garfield many years ago. But I must say that I'm glad it exists, because without it we wouldn't have Garfield Minus Garfield. It is brilliant - take Garfield comics, and remove Garfield completely. You have just Jon and his speech balloons - and it gets pretty weird and creepy, sometimes it is just bizarre, and sometimes you get the feeling Jon is a terribly sad and lonely man. And it was always there, after all, Garfield is just his cat - he doesn't actually speak. Garfield's 'dialog' was always just thought balloons. I love it. And I see it is syndicated as garfieldminus.

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robotech_master From: robotech_master Date: February 28th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Huh. I'd heard of removing just Garfield's speech balloons. I hadn't heard of removing Garfield entirely.
From: murph_grrl Date: February 28th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Taking Garfield entirely out of the picture makes it so much funnier, though! I mean, the Feb. 24th "There's something wrong with my pants." It just leaves so much to the imagination. What is Jon seeing in that last panel that has his eyes so wide? (And does it have anything to do with his joy in "I'm wearing my boxer shorts backwards" on Feb. 23?
cos From: cos Date: February 28th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I loved Garfield when it was new. It was my favorite comic at the time. It faded after ... a few years? I forget when I started realizing it had become lame.
jumblies From: jumblies Date: February 28th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I had a stuffed Odie..
kadnkadnk From: kadnkadnk Date: February 28th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I had always gotten the feeling that Jon was a terribly sad and lonely man, anyhow.

I also thought that Jon didn't have an "h" in his name because it saved space in the word-balloons. When I was a kid I thought it was cool because my brother's middle name is Jon-with-no-h and, well... I was a kid.

From: jav Date: February 28th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've seen that before.
funny how the subtraction of something makes it suddenly brilliant.
herwickedness From: herwickedness Date: February 29th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I never liked Garfield because Jon looked exactly like my aunt Pat.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 29th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's kind of unfortunate for Pat.

And, hi, I have no idea who you are. :-) I don't recognize the nick, it is a nice one though.
herwickedness From: herwickedness Date: February 29th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Met you YEARS ago, you went out to dinner in Harvard Square with some folks from X-Forums. I was the redhead. Well, I still am a redhead, but I was the only redhead there.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 29th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, wow, X-Forums. I haven't thought about them in a long time. I kind of drifted away - I was on too many forums and such and I ended up cutting WAY back to get my life back. (And then I became a blogger, go figure... Which is also why I don't post so much anymore - posting energy ends up spent on the blog...) So how are you? How long have you been lurking?
herwickedness From: herwickedness Date: February 29th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm doing okay - I recently moved from Arlington to Natick, so I'm adjusting to being outside the 128 belt for the first time in my life. Been lurking for about a month or so - I actually saw you on another website, but I don't know if you got the email from there.

My aunt really does look like Jon, btw. SO not kidding.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 29th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hmm, I don't think I got the other email. Feel free to drop me a line directly.

X-Forums was so long ago I don't remember if I was still living in Waltham at the time, or if I'd already moved to Worcester. I have a house in Worcester now.