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No. 1517: Emotional Breakdownfield

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Emotional Breakdownfield

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Strip by: Billy Hicks

Jon: Dating is overrated.
Jon: New Year's is overrated.
{Garfield walks away, disinterested}
{Jon stares into the distance}
{Jon begins to break down and sob}

The author writes:

I always found this strip (the culmination of a week-long storyline) somewhat horrific and dark for normal Garfield standards - the misery and self-hatred in Jon's face somewhat unnerved me as a kid, a lonely soul confined to his house on New Year of all nights. In the original, Garfield makes a comedy quip to the off-screen sound of Jon's 'WAAAHH!' speech bubble. By instead keeping the focus on Jon and having him suffer a silent, but powerful emotional breakdown to Garfield's uncaring, silent indifference, the darkness and bleak heartstring-tugging power of the strip is evident. Happily, Liz rescuing Jon from his depression and despair was only a few years away.

Original strip: 2000-12-30 with elements of 2009-09-11.