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Jon cannot hear his cat's thoughts

In this excellent livejournal post it is revealed that Garfield cartoons become something quite different when the cat's speech is removed. Without Garfield's pitifully weak wisecracks, we are left with a lonely man talking to his cat, whose silences he interprets as personal criticism. As a commentator says 'Holy crap, it's all bleak and existential'.

On this web site, comic artists (and amateurs) revision these poignant cartoons, in realist (or comic-realist, or naive) style. Now they have qualities that Garfield never had.

Sweetness

Desperation

Anguish

Loneliness

Pity

Interest

Humour

Stillness

So, an essentially worthless cartoon franchise has been converted into something with a completely different meaning and impact. As the website says

Consider that Jon cannot hear his cat's thoughts. This is the world as he sees it. This is his story.
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