As I grew older, I moved on from Garfield and began paying more attention to webcomics like Bob and George, 8-Bit Theatre, and Penny Arcade. Partly it was because I just spend a lot of time on the internet, and have for well over a decade. Also, I haven't gotten a big city Sunday paper in a lot of years, so the comics section is no longer the be all end all of my news-tainment.
The reason I bring all of this up is that I wanted to share two different variations on Garfield that I've come across in the past year or so. The first is Garfield Minus Garfield, which re-presents Garfield comics with the titular character removed.
Here's an example of a Garfield Minus Garfield strip:
It makes one feel very sad for Jon. It also presents new aspects of humor and insight that that the original strips don't have.
The other variation that I would like to point out is Shut up, Garfield!, which are the same strips as the original, only with all of Garfield's text removed:
These are very reminiscent of my daily life with my three little monsters. I'm consistently telling them things, and this is the exact look I get from them.
And, for those of you who were curious about the original strip, here you go:
Just a little something different to try if you're so inclined. :-)