Garfield Minus Garfield

My brother John flew in from California for the weekend to celebrate our cousin Michael’s graduation and, of course, Father’s Day. While he was here, he told me about Garfield Minus Garfield, an amusing comic strip remix by Travors which Jason Kottke is also covering today.

The idea of Garfield Minus Garfield is best summed up by the summary that Travors includes in the header of every page:

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

Apparently, even Garfield creator Jim Davis is a fan of the strip.

I loved Garfield growing up, and I still love the strip when I remember to pick up a newspaper and read it, as I did at my parents’ house yesterday. Here’s Sunday’s strip, which is what got me off on this whole tangent.

What does the Geek Force think of Garfield? Are there any other newspaper comic strips that you enjoy?