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Garfield Minus Garfield

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,074 ratings  ·  89 reviews
It’s Garfield–as you’ve never seen him!

Come savor the existential adventures of Jon Arbuckle in Garfield Minus Garfield. Based on the phenomenon ignited by Dan Walsh’s hilarious and wildly popular webcomic (beloved by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and hailed as “inspired” by Garfield creator Jim Davis), Garfield Minus Garfield takes everyone’s favorite fat ca
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Nov 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: kittehs, for-laughter
see, take the cat away and everything is bleak, bleak, bleak....
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
Every once in a while, a book surprises you with depth and insight you never suspected. This was one such book. I've heard about it & seen it around, & thought, "oh, how clever", or "cute". While working at the library today, it came across my desk & when I checked it in,& since it didn't have a hold on it, I decided to flip through. What I found startlingly touching, sad & very familiar. Take Garfield away from Jon & he's talking to himself. You see a man who works hard, tries hard, & experienc ...more
Book #39 for 2013

I've popped over to the G-G site on occasion to get a schadenfreudenistic chuckle out of Jon Arbuckle's existential angst, so I was already familiar with the concept of removing the sarcastic cat from his own comic strip in order to expose his owner's many vulnerabilities. It's really a brilliant demonstration of how the strip is not about its title character at all, and I found the commentary from Davis and Walsh, who both identified a great deal with Jon, quite interesting. Pl
Kevin Magpoc
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
While I do really like the idea of Garfield Minus Garfield as well as the very fact that it's been made into an actual officially sanctioned physical book, I can't help but wonder if the book misses the point a bit. Under each "sans Garfield" strip is its original version. Though I can understand that this helps satisfy the curiosity of anyone wondering what the heck the gag was "with Garfield," to me it comes across like a joke book with footnotes explaining why each joke is funny. I also can't ...more
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
These are selected Garfield comics...but without Garfield. The text is the same, but it's just Jon Arbuckle, alone in his house, trying to get a date and dreading Mondays. The resulting comics reveal Jon to be a pathetic, borderline insane man whose existence is meaningless and absurd. And then you realize he was talking to a cat all along, and that Jon could never hear Garfield's thought bubbles to begin with, and so really, Garfield has always been a horribly depressing comic...disguised under ...more
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2000s, graphic
Very possibly the single funniest thing I have ever seen in my life.

Warning: Results may vary. A lot.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Juho Pohjalainen
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I saw a version once where Garfield wasn't missing, he was just a perfectly normal unintelligent cat. I somewhat preferred those.

But this is still good. Funny and depressing.
S. Wilson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wacky one. Dan Walsh gained a lot of attention online when he started posting Garfield comic strips with Garfield removed. Garfield creator and artist Jim Davis noticed, and liked what he saw. This book is the result.

Removing Garfield from strips involving his owner Jon results in a darkly existential comic about a sad, lonely, twisted man talking to himself. This collection is hilarious, and even includes some new Garfield Minus Garfield strips by Jim Davis himself.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: absurd
This is such a strange concept for a book, but the more that you read, the more you realize that it's more than just taking Garfield out of the story. It is a philosophical look on life, very existential, and surprisingly deep. When you stop to think about it, Jon has always been talking to himself. And in many of these comics, it doesn't really matter if Garfield is there or not. His thoughts are all in his head. He's a cat; he's not really talking, so Jon is never really getting a response. If ...more
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, media
I like how it says it's still by Jim Davis. The strips are indeed his art-- Jim Davis creates these lukewarm strips containing Garfield, which is one step above Family Circus or Marmaduke and one below The Lockhorns in humor level. Dan Walsh makes Garfield go away, and suddenly they're funny, poignant, and interesting vignettes of the world's loneliest man, Jon Arbuckle.

The book includes the original strips containing Garfield, allowing comparison between versions. In 100% of cases, elimination
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Take away the talking cat and this strip becomes a brilliant dissection of the modern American male in the suburbs. That awkward painful hilarious vibe we love in The Office? Multipy that by a thousand and that's just a little moment in Jon Arbuckle's day. Excellent stuff and how cool is Jim Davis to let this exist and be published?
Dec 25, 2008 rated it liked it
How is this by Jim Davis???? I'm ecstatic that this could be put into a book and that legal battles were not waged but Jim is taking credit for another persons idea. This is why I think it works better on the internet, the book seems to trivialize the whole thing.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic and surprising book. Jon, minus Garfield, is such a fascinating, pathetic, and complex character. It's like Curb Your Enthusiasm in cartoon form, or Woody Allen's biography as a graphic novel. Brilliant. ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
When my coworker send me the link to Walsh’s website, I was prepared for a set of awkward-reading, not-so-funny pale versions of my favorite comic strip. How wrong I was! Garfield Minus Garfield is both amusing and surprisingly poignant without that lasagna loving, Monday hating feline.
This one is funny at any age. The idea of Jon talking to himself adds both humor and a serious touch of insanity.
Larry Kenney
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Garfield and dark humor
Brilliant. Don't know what more to actually say. For fans of Garfield as well as fans of dark humor.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant. Should be on every coffee table.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cartoons, humor
Wow, when you do this....Jon is a miserable man.
“Someone sent me a link to Garfield Minus Garfield one day, and I was immediately struck by the simplicity and the honesty of the concept. Essentially, Garfield does the color commentary in Jon’s hapless existence. Strip away Garfield’s superfluous comments, and you’re left with the stark reality of Jon’s bleak existence.” Garfield creator, Jim Davis

Jim says it best. But because what I have enjoyed most and related best to in this comic was Garfield and his superfluous comments, reading page aft
[Shai] Bibliophage
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-read-2017
This collection of web-comic shows that John's life without Garfield is a very dull one. Every comic strip displays how John struggles with his boring life that's why he tries everything to entertain himself.
Nathan Mayer
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not the first time I've read it. I've read each comic that has been online and this book form a couple times now. It's still as hilarious as always. And it all boils down to one thing: you either get it or you don't.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Jon. :(
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the intros by Dan Walsh and Jim Davis.
Lucia Juliao
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly deep and heartbreaking
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
An insukt to garfield fans why did theyt get rid of Garfileddd !!!!!!1111!11!!1111! >:( ...more
Christine Rains
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
My son has been really into Garfield, and so I introduced him to Garfield Minus Garfield. It's still funny, but not as much as with the fat cat.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, start to finish. I LOVE these!! :)
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! It was so funny to see (or not) what the strip is like without Garfield.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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James Robert "Jim" Davis is an American cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Garfield. Other comics that he has worked on are Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat, Slapstick, and a strip about Mr. Potato Head.

Jim Davis was born in Fairmount, Indiana, near Marion, where he grew up on a small farm with his father James William Davis, mother Anna Catherine (Carter) Davis, brother Dave, and 25 cats. Davi

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