The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A readable Garfield

While I don't really care for Garfield all that much, I do hold the cartoon in a special place since Jim Davis was the first (and so far, only) cartoonist I met (at a time when I wanted to be a cartoonist). The reason I don't care about Garfield any more is that … well … it's a safe, predictable cartoon with no edge.

Unless you remove Garfield's speech! (And boy, does that improve the strip)

It then, oddly enough, becomes a much better strip—almost cutting edge even.

Take this Sunday's strip, and remove the dialog:

[Garfield drawing][Garfield drawing][Garfield drawing][Garfield drawing][Garfield drawing][Garfield showing off an artistic Odie]

Or even this one from last year:

[Bordom sets in][Jon: Yaahhh!!! I can't stand the boredom!][Garfield alone, waving at Jon who's not in the frame]

Brilliant stuff! Or at least not as inane.

You paying attention Mr. Davis?

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