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.