Somewhere inside Garfield Minus Garfield there is a college English paper on the essence of dark humor and why we are amused by the pain and suffering inherent in human existence. But this is the Internet, not a place of learning, so I'll spare you.
If you've never read it, the name sums up the strip rather nicely: Garfield Minus Garfield is a collection of Garfield strips with the titular character removed. The result is a strip that's often simply a melancholy account of Jon Arbuckle's life. Whether he's pondering our fleeting existence,
reminding us of our life's failings,
or fighting the good fight in that horrible world called "dating,"
Jon helps us chuckle at the unpleasant experiences that befall everyone at some time or another. So, in a way, all this unpleasantry should bring us all a little comfort.
Yep, lots and lots of comfort.
—Amanda Banion, Chief Productivity Enhancement Engineer (AKA: Barista)