Let’s talk about garfield.
everybody knows garfield. everybody loves garfield. if the garfield strip was removed from your local newspaper, it would create boycotts and petitions and the possibility of a car or two being upturned and set on fire. however… garfield is NOT FUNNY. as far as i can tell, garfield has NEVER BEEN FUNNY. over the years i’ve pondered what makes comic strips like this, and most of it’s newspaper companions, so dear to so many people. one day, i might share my theories, but not today! this post is less about human behavior, and more about fixing the problem of humor comics that lack the ability to make us feel anything but scorn.
(at least with these old strips the art is so atrocious that you can get some pleasure out of looking at it. but in the end, old jim had to go and ruin that too.)
okay. now that we can all agree upon the complete waste of time that is garfield, let’s look at the projects of a few brave people who are actively working to solve this problem.
1.) garfield minus garfield
“Garfield Minus Garfield is 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.”
2.) The Eagle_Fire Garfield Randomizer
“…so this guy noticed that Garfield comics make just as much sense if you throw random panels together, and sometimes are actually pretty funny. He got a cease and desist letter. So he made the code available for people who wanted to try it for themselves. Here we go!”
so there you have it. i, for one, am glad there are people out there who have decided to dedicate their lives to fight for real, substantial change. thank you.