From Garfield Minus Garfield to Jim Davis’ own "Primal Self" from Garfield: His 9 Lives, the lazy fat cat that loves lasagna is a surprisingly deep well of existential horror. And now, thanks to one artist’s sketch exercises in the month of October, we have some new artwork to add to that genre mashup canon.
William Burke created four Garfield sketches for Inktober, a challenge to artists to do one ink drawing a day during the spookiest month, and they’re more Junji Ito than Jim Davis. Speaking to SYFY WIRE, Burke said that this style came from his "love for this weird specific genre of art that seems to love making Garfield into a surrealistic and often existential nightmare. I think my favorite one from this genre is GRAMFEL by Nellucnhoi."
Just look at these Kafkaesque horrors haunting Jon:
Thanks, William Burke. We hate them.
Burke’s also working on a video game called Welcome Home, based on his webcomic of the same name, which applies this horror aesthetic to a Legend of Zelda-like RPG. The game has a demo version out and has an October update forthcoming.