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Webcomic / Garfield Minus Garfield

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I'm not crazy, I promise... someone deleted Garfield.
Jon Arbuckle commenting on the webcomic

In a World… where Garfield never existed, one man imagines that he does.

Garfield Minus Garfield is a strip adapted by Dan Walsh from selected Garfield strips. In this edited version, Jon is the only main character; all other main or non-essential cast (and their associated dialogue) have been removed. However, Jon still behaves as though they, most often Garfield, were there.

Garfield Minus Garfield has been published in a book, which contains the original strips alongside their "Minused" versions, as well as a foreword by Garfield creator Jim Davis (who not only openly approved of the concept, but made several "Minused" strips for the book).

Other people have made edits to Garfield strips, these edits including, but not limited to: putting random Garfield panels together; Silent Garfield, which removes all thought balloons; Realfield, similar to Silent Garfield and also replaces Garfield with a photo-realistic cat drawing; and Garfield As Garfield, which replaces Garfield with the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. These predate Garfield Minus Garfield by a few years. Dan Walsh admitted he was not the first to come up with the idea of editing the strip or removing Garfield entirely, but he was the first to put the edits on one site as opposed to assorted forums and imageboards, and so got the most attention.

It can be seen here. As with everything, there exists a subreddit for the comic; the /r/garfieldminusgarfield subreddit See also randomized Garfield Minus Garfield for more madness.

Garfield Minus Garfield provides examples of:

  • Genre Shift: It's amazing how deleting Garfield from the strip immediately changes a comedy into a commentary of one man's losing battle with isolation and depression in suburban America.
  • Hope Spot: While most strips featuring an upbeat Jon ruin his mood by having something bad happening to him off-screen, this strip averts the trend.
  • Madness Mantra: As seen here, "lonely".
  • Minimalist Cast: Jon is literally the only character, with Garfield, Odie and Liz removed. Other minor characters appear occasionally, however - an "imaginary friend" that first appeared here can serve as the only possible explanation for strips like this.
  • Mood-Swinger: Jon. And how!
  • Parody Assistance: Jim Davis not only approved of GMG, but has even produced several new strips himself.