Gary Larson’s site for his legendary comic “The Far Side” has been updated with new art and “new era” “coming soon” messaging for the first time in 20 (?) or more years. https://t.co/UsxItQzxfo
— The Daily Cartoonist (@dailycartoonist) September 13, 2019
Courtesy of NYT:
A new era of the The Far Side, the newspaper strip by Gary Larson, is coming.
Fans noticed over the weekend that the strip’s official website had been updated with a new cartoon and a message: “Uncommon, unreal, and (soon-to-be) unfrozen. A new online era of The Far Side is coming!”
The cartoon, drawn by Larson, showed a man with an open flame, thawing a block of ice which encased many of the familiar cast of Far Side characters: a cow, a dog, a cave man, a child and a woman.
The strip originally ran from Jan. 1, 1980, to Jan. 1, 1995. In that time, the single-panel Far Side became a cultural phenomenon. Its compilations were best sellers and the strips were used for calendars and greeting cards and adorned coffee mugs and T-shirts. When Larson announced his retirement in October 1994, The Far Side mini-industry was estimated to have brought in $500 million during its run.
As I am sure I have shared before I am a huge fan of comic strips and still own an embarrassing number of compliations which still sit on my bookshelf today.
Among my favorites The Far Side holds a special place in my heart because it was so incredibly creative and seemed to constantly push the envelope for weirdness.
I loved the simply drawings, the recurring characters, and Gary Larson’s ability to find humor in the most mundane places.
Oh, and I also liked the cows.
Really looking forward to what he has in store for the future.