Our Journalism Cherubs were Googling Away yesterday, and came up with a great site: http://garfieldminusgarfield.tumblr.com/ . "Garfield" Minus Garfield features the Famous Feline's Comic Strip, minus the Famous Feline!
The site's creators maintain that taking the Garfield out of "Garfield" is, and we quote, "an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life." In the strip featured above, Jon Arbuckle, Garfield's hapless owner, says that "Compared to absolute hopeless despair, depressed is cheeful." Well, we agree with that, but don't really find it funny.
We quote, again, from the creators of the site, who wish to take readers "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." Jon, we suppose, is this "everyman," who Dreams the Impossible Dream and Fights the Good Fight.
Hmmm. We never really liked "Garfield," nor did we ever "get" Don Quixote's Tilting at Windmills. The first is Too Precocious, the second almost Too Ironic. We have some Journalism Cherubs, though, who find this site so much more amusing than writing an editorial about failing infrastructure or editing a story about a sophomore who's an Irish Dancer. Is it because they take AP Psych and are Fascinated with Freud, or because we're missing something? Well, they spend hours watching "American Gladiators" on YouTube, too. 'Nuff said.