Psychosis and the human mind

Rarely do we encounter things in our daily life that sincerely challenge our sense of self. A close friend showed this to me the other day, and I think its appropriate NO my responsibility to share this with you. Its called 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.”

I cant begin to express the genius of this.


First of all, there is no trickery here. The story of Garfield does imply that Jon cant actually hear Garfield, you know, because he’s a cat. Hence, what this illustration contains is Jon in his truest, rawest form; without the guise of petty cat-antics to hide behind. 


At the same time, Jon lacks consciousness of we, the viewers as well. The voyeurism of a middle aged hermit, living alone with his cat and dog, we experience the plight that exists within us all. And as disturbing as it is to watch, we cannot turn away; maybe what we should do is look insiiide. hmmm. The inner Jon Arbuckle. Veeeery iiinteresting…

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  • Whoooooa. I love this. Heavily existential.

  • kira


  • jared

    Funny idea, but existentialism fell out of fashion in the late 60’s early 70’s. It is 2009.

  • Chris


  • That’s killer!!

  • Charlotte

    “Fell out of fashion,” Jared? Are you suggesting that this idea is of less value because of fashion trends?

  • Wow, this has been out for forever. Not news. Lurk more.

  • cjsavvy

    Don’t fuck with my cartoons!

  • lol this is great i was feeling like this just the other day.

  • Concerned

    Existentialism is alive and well my friend; there are many variants.

  • Scott

    yeah jared sorry to say but you shouldve thought your word choice through first

  • Tie die, long hair, and groovy rock n’ roll fell out in the 70’s too, but I’m still lovin’ Baudelaire and Jimi Hendrix, what can I do? Ah, post-modernism! Where existentialism and Garfield collide! I think its great.

  • Jared

    That’s exactly what I’m suggesting, Charlotte. Congratulations on being able to comprehend words!

  • Ken


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  • Tyny

    Pretty Cool.

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  • Been there – done that!

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