It must be noted that no artistic ability is required to participate in the comic strip deconstruction site Square Root of Minus Garfield. Which is one reason I have contributed to it more than two dozen times. My most recent four entries are all variations on the same comic from three months ago:

Original comic, dated 11/06/2012

Original comic, dated 11/06/2012


It was one of those times when Garfield had fallen just short of being funny (which some people say is what it does every day), but in this case, I quickly diagnosed the problem and a possible solution. The punch line in the final panel was out of context with the rest of the strip… “too close to the tracks”? So I set out, using some free image editing software and a font designed to match the lettering in Garfield comics, to build a better punchline.
Mission Accomplished.

Mission Accomplished.


Unfortunately, I could not leave well enough alone. What if that wasn’t guacamole that Garfield stepped in? Then whole different kinds of hilarity could ensue…
Variation #2: Moldy Clam Dip

Variation #2: Moldy Clam Dip

Variation #3: Wasabi

Variation #3: Wasabi


(I actually have experience with mistaking wasabi for guacamole… it was quite unpleasant, and totally NOT funny)
From there, I started thinking about leaving the punchline alone and changing the setup in the first panel…
Variation #4: Freight Train

Variation #4: Freight Train


And there you have it, four ways to be funnier than the entire brain trust at Paws Inc. (although that last one is not that much funnier, just more logical) and four contributions to the “Square Root” project spread over four weeks.
A small contribution toward making the world of comics funnier, but… yeah, a VERY small contribution. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m suddenly hungry for guacamole.