Existential Garfield

I used to love the Garfield comic strip when I was a kid.  Then I grew up.  Just discovered this awesome website that:

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.

Great stuff.

G-G the book.

I actually think it is absurd that Garfield is still going strong. Safe to say that Jim Davis ran out of original ideas by 1985 or so– especially as the strip consciously avoids any political or social commentary.  While that would seem harmless enough, in truth, there’s surely lots better comics that deserve space in one of the 2500+ papers that now have that space taken up by Garfield.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Existential Garfield

  1. Jason says:

    I love this, too, and to his credit Jim Davis has been a good sport about the strip.

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