How does one make the most absurd character in a comic based in a world of non sequiturs even more absurd? Remove his most identifying characteristic. Sure, there’s Heathcliff without Heathcliff, but the Garbage Ape without garbage is, well, just a random ape prancing about like Baryshnikov in the mist.
I have another blog where I blog about other things. On this blog, I have posted some of my stand up comedy among other things. Have a look. You can also follow me on Twitter at @ItsTheBrandi. I tweet about Heathcliff and a bunch of other strange things. It’s pretty random and all over the place but I like it.
Heathcliff doesn’t wear clothes very often and if he did, he wouldn’t be able to fit into any of these clothes. But let’s say Heathcliff did wear these clothes. They’re basically the same size as Iggy Nutmeg’s clothes. How sad would your life be if you had to live with your grandparents and share clothes with their lawless cat? Very. Pray for Iggy Nutmeg, y’all.
We have another update to the Heathcliff Helmet Canon: the HEY helmet.
I have many things to say about this.
Why is he wearing the helmet in this scenario? Heathcliff normally wears a helmet when he’s about to attack something. This helmet seems inconsistent with his agenda of socializing with people at the party. Also, who are these people at the party? The Nutmegs don’t seem to have that many young friends. And why is grandpa a waiter at his own party?
Pat, a friend of mine, pointed out that Heathcliff probably just told a racist joke. He’s probably not wrong. Also: are there any non-white people in Westfinster?
My friend Jeremy aka @afterglide on Twitter made Heathcliff Without Heathcliff. I suggested that Iggy Nutmeg was really Jon Arbuckle as a child and Jeremy suggested that Heathcliff needs its own thing like Garfield Minus Garfield. He’s right. I have invited Jeremy to post his work on this blog, so who knows if he will.
What’s great about Heathcliff Without Heathcliff is that it’s just people yelling explanations for no goddamn reason.
Meanwhile, my friend Sarah (who makes jewelry here) has explained why this improves Heathcliff on Facebook:
No, it makes exponentially more sense AND is funny! Wow. Garfield Minus Garfield just paints John as a nut, this creates believable scenarios with just a touch of wry humor.
Two old men saying “You say ‘bro” too much” to one another!? Hilarious! Iggy fretting about hearing the parole officer’s faux LOLs? Totally “awww” worthy! And telling the lady they’re all out of soup without Heathcliff and his big, dumb spoon turning it all to a giant health code violation? Well, I tittered.
I think what I’ve learned here is that NAPG [non-actor Peter Gallagher] draws these first without Heathcliff and then strives to insert him in the least humorous manner possible