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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Trouble with Nermal

posted by on January 10 at 14:32 PM

Remove the thought balloons from a Garfield comic, and Jon Arbuckle becomes a sad, profound, profoundly sad man.



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These make me like Garfield.

Posted by monkey | January 10, 2007 2:49 PM

There's a collective project to eliminate Garfield's thoughts from all the strips here - Arbuckle: Garfield through Jon's eyes.

Posted by jaci | January 10, 2007 3:03 PM

It really does make more sense this way--a comic strip about a sad, lonely guy talking to his cat.

Posted by J.R. | January 10, 2007 3:03 PM

Taking out the cat's thought bubbles makes for a huge improvement. But when you start with something gouge-your-own-eyes-out horrible like Garfield, it's not hard to make a huge improvement. A plain, opaque, white rectangle -- sized to neatly cover the complete strip and glued in place -- would improve Garfield. In the entire history of newspaper funnies, has an established strip ever been cancelled because it sucks? It seems like maybe it is not possible for a comic strip artist to suck so bad he gets cancelled.

Probably the population of Slog commenters is not the same population as reads the morning funnies, but for those of you who do -- what comic strip makes you want to gouge YOUR eyes out?

Posted by Eric | January 10, 2007 3:50 PM

Um, that's not Nermal. Or Odie, even. It's Garfield and Jon.


Posted by Will in Seattle | January 10, 2007 4:08 PM

Eric @ 4,

Mallard Fillmore, the right wing duck. I hope the guy that draws that hateful idiocy gets cancer.

Posted by Original Andrew | January 10, 2007 4:09 PM

both sites mentioned above with more of these Garfield-without-bubbles strips are strangely mezmorizing

Posted by mirror | January 10, 2007 10:33 PM
Posted by John Duffell | January 11, 2007 8:15 AM

Didn't the LA Times can Garfield for sucking?

Posted by Aexia | January 11, 2007 4:34 PM

Not to obsess about the thoughtless Garfield, but the cartoons you can see via the link are all dramatically improved from the originals. The cat's exaggerated expressions are actually kind of amusing. The strips make sense. Jon becomes a (sort of) loveable neurotic, instead of a complete idiot. Someone should do a book.

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