Empty punchlines


For many years now the idea of a 'Silent Garfield' has intrigued the more thoughtful consumer of panel comics. Discussions and examples abound.

The main thrust is this: if you remove Garfield (and Odie's) speech bubbles, the strip becomes somehow surreal and existentialist; a sad eccentric (Jon) talking aloud to his pets.

In a cross-pollination of ideas, I tried a similar surgical excision on Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury, except in this case I removed the punchlines.

The modus operandus of Trudeau's strip is a genius combination of set-up and deadpan sarcastic delivery. But what if we remove the humour?

It becomes a series of educational vignettes espousing a relentlessly cynical world view.

What's my point? None really, just a thought experiment. What other cartoons would benefit from this type of redaction?

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UPDATE:

Here is some more news on Garfield Without Garfield. Irishman Dan Walsh is slowly letting the cat out of the bag, one panel at a time.

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