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19 August 2008 @ 03:48 pm
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Garfield Minus Garfield is so brilliant! Inspired and hilariously depressing all at once.

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.
Fallon Ash: trumanfallon_ash on August 19th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, that's brilliant!!

I've always wanted to do something like that with Calvin and Hobbes, to reveal the true nature of a very disturbed and extremely lonely child who resorts to fantasy as a last resort...
Little Red: peanuts - linus in the windmylittleredgirl on August 19th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
... but... isn't Calvin and Hobbes basically already like that, since Hobbes is really just a stuffed toy?
Fallon Ash: rantfallon_ash on August 19th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that you acknowledge this. I agree with you. But lots of people get all weirdly defensive and argue that it's a happy comic about a boy and his tiger enjoying life and refuse to recognize his stuffed-animal status and instead claim he's a real thinking speaking tiger who can take on the look of a stuffed tiger when other people see him, and I'd like to shove it down their throats that they're dumb, and that he's a deeply disturbed boy.
Little Red: peanuts - agree with memylittleredgirl on August 19th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I don't think he's disturbed, though. I just think he's highly creative and imaginative, and surrounded by people who aren't. I love Calvin and Hobbes beyond the telling of it. :)

... possibly because my sister's dad? IS CALVIN'S DAD. It's the only way to explain him.
Fallon Ash: johnbauerfallon_ash on August 20th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
The thing is, whenever I read Calvin & Hobbes I get this image in my head of a little boy having animated conversations and games with a stuffed tiger that doesn't answer and doesn't respond, and it makes me sad because it's such a lonely image. He clearly loves games and adventures, and wouldn't it be great if he had someone to play with who could actually surprise him and match his fantasies instead of having everything come from his own mind. And the thing that worries me is that (and I haven't read it in a while now, but I remember this worrying me before) he tends to shift blame onto Hobbes, and I'm a firm believer in teaching responsibility for one's actions from a young age, and he shows no grasp of understanding that concept.
Little Red: peanuts - hugmylittleredgirl on August 21st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think his parents do still punish him for "Hobbes'" actions, though. I don't know, I think it's harmless and sweet because he *is* so young -- my sister also insisted her toy horsie came to life when we weren't around and spoke to her, etc. She's rather normal now. :)

We may have to agree to disagree on this one!
anranr on August 20th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Little Red: sga - rpf grab - valeria_sg_1mylittleredgirl on August 21st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
You rock so hard! :)
anranr on August 24th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
So do you!! :)

*watches your icon*
*: stock [hamstah inna box of tea]spockette on August 27th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
*tackles you with gleee*