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Old 09-14-2019, 09:22 PM
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Is The Far Side Returning?


https://www.thefarside.com/

Hmmmm.... any ideas as to what this is?
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:40 PM
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The simplest explanation is that they're going to run old Far Side cartoons on that site. Probably a new (old) one each day.

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Well, I sure hope so, though my online searches haven't turned up anything.

But I've booked that website and I'll be eagerly following it.

It does appear to be a new drawing by Larson, and one that surely implies some sort of revival.

Ever since Berke Breathe revived Bloom County, I've hoped for such news.

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Hmmmm.... any ideas as to what this is?
No idea....but it occured to me: Surely people like Larson or Alan Moore would often just have great ideas. I wonder if Larson kept an idea jar.
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No idea....but it occured to me: Surely people like Larson or Alan Moore would often just have great ideas. I wonder if Larson kept an idea jar.
I wonder if he kept a jar idea jar?
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Well, I'd offer Larson more likely than Moore. It's pretty clear that Moore is just a goddam lunatic at this point.
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Was there a time when he wasn't?
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Huh. A web search only returns this page so I, too, will wait on tinterhooks for more news.
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Since 1999 Larson has objected to his work being displayed on the internet, and has been sending takedown notices to owners of fan websites and users posting his cartoons.[22] In a personal letter included with the requests, Larson claimed that his work is too personal and important to him to have others "take control of it".[23][22] Larson has been criticized for not providing a legitimate online source for the Far Side series and negatively compared to cartoonists who have embraced the internet.[24]

In September 2019, the Far Side web site promised that "a new online era of the Far Side is coming!"[25]
Doesn’t really add anything but the implication may be that it will be an official online collection of far side cartoons.
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No, no update except to mention that The New York Times, The A.V. Club and The Daily Cartoonist noted the update to The Far Side website. The bit I found slightly sad was that The A.V. Club thought it was necessary to explain what The Far Side was. Perhaps they're being facetious, or perhaps it's been long enough that a good percentage of the public never saw it in the wild, so to speak.
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No, no update except to mention that The New York Times, The A.V. Club and The Daily Cartoonist noted the update to The Far Side website. The bit I found slightly sad was that The A.V. Club thought it was necessary to explain what The Far Side was. Perhaps they're being facetious, or perhaps it's been long enough that a good percentage of the public never saw it in the wild, so to speak.
It's been a LONG time since it was in newspapers. Checking, it stopped Jan 1, 1995. So we're looking at nearly 25 years. That's a lot of people born after it ended.

I'll welcome it's return, if it is doing so. But I don't doubt that a lot of people don't know it except - at best - by reputation, if that.
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Well, I sure hope so, though my online searches haven't turned up anything.

But I've booked that website and I'll be eagerly following it.

It does appear to be a new drawing by Larson, and one that surely implies some sort of revival.

Ever since Berke Breathe revived Bloom County, I've hoped for such news.
I'm waiting for Bill Watterson to come back.
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No, no update except to mention that The New York Times, The A.V. Club and The Daily Cartoonist noted the update to The Far Side website. The bit I found slightly sad was that The A.V. Club thought it was necessary to explain what The Far Side was. Perhaps they're being facetious, or perhaps it's been long enough that a good percentage of the public never saw it in the wild, so to speak.
It's been a LONG time since it was in newspapers. Checking, it stopped Jan 1, 1995. So we're looking at nearly 25 years. That's a lot of people born after it ended.

I'll welcome it's return, if it is doing so. But I don't doubt that a lot of people don't know it except - at best - by reputation, if that.
Even weirder; a percentage of those have probably really never read a printed newspaper. (And I suspect that some of the younger generation is familiar with The Far Side only in the form of a page-a-day calendars.)
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Well, I'd offer Larson more likely than Moore. It's pretty clear that Moore is just a goddam lunatic at this point.
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I'm waiting for Bill Watterson to come back.
The thing is tho, Bill has allowed C & H to go on in reruns. Larson, for whatever reason, does not, unless this is a way for him to control the process (vs. putting them on GoComics and/or the syndicates).
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Is the comic on his site with the guy torching the ice-blocked cow new?
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Is the comic on his site with the guy torching the ice-blocked cow new?
I don't recall seeing it before in any Far Side collection, and I own all the standard ones
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So we're looking at nearly 25 years. That's a lot of people born after it ended.
Even a sizable number of people born and themselves becoming parents after it ended.
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I don't recall seeing it before in any Far Side collection, and I own all the standard ones
I don't recognize it, either, though it does remind me a bit of this one.
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Is the comic on his site with the guy torching the ice-blocked cow new?
There are other Far Side characters there as well, such as the older woman wearing glasses and a housedress, a dog and so forth. It seems clearly to be new art by Gary Larson specifically for this message.
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There are other Far Side characters there as well, such as the older woman wearing glasses and a housedress, a dog and so forth. It seems clearly to be new art by Gary Larson specifically for this message.
I thought so. Very nice to see.
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I remember the (possibly apocryphal) tale that Larson decided to discontinue The Far Side because he did not want his characters, ten years into the future, to be shilling for MetLife.

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I do miss (besides the comic itself) all the Far Side merch like calendars, greeting cards, t-shirts, etc.
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I do miss (besides the comic itself) all the Far Side merch like calendars, greeting cards, t-shirts, etc.
I had the one-a-day calendar for many years in a row. I still have them all in boxes downstairs(I kept them as I ripped them off).
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I remember the (possibly apocryphal) tale that Larson decided to discontinue The Far Side because he did not want his characters, ten years into the future, to be shilling for MetLife.

But if he doesn't want his characters shilling for MetLife (or whatever), they don't. Presumably he controls the rights. Besides, his strip never really had regular characters, so I'm not sure how useful it would be for advertising purposes.
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I always imagined GL drawing one new comic per month for his own pleasure, and that by now he'd have a nice amount (~300) of material to start slowly releasing. I hope I was right.
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But if he doesn't want his characters shilling for MetLife (or whatever), they don't. Presumably he controls the rights. Besides, his strip never really had regular characters, so I'm not sure how useful it would be for advertising purposes.
It may have been a "lead me not into temptation" quote. Sure, he'd have to sign on the dotted line, but he might not have had a high opinion of his own sales resistance. Knowing that Charles Schulz' advert and merchandising revenue drew in more money than the GDP of some third-world countries might put a strain on anybody's artistic integrity.

As for "useful for advertising purposes"... who knows. Madison Avenue, IMHO, lives on a different planet.
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I remember the (possibly apocryphal) tale that Larson decided to discontinue The Far Side because he did not want his characters, ten years into the future, to be shilling for MetLife.

Sounds a lot more like Bill Watterson, who resisted merchandising his characters in any way, and fought hard to get total control over them from the syndicate so they couldn't merchandise them without his approval. Larson pretty clearly never had a problem with merchandising the heck out of his comic.
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Sounds a lot more like Bill Watterson, who resisted merchandising his characters in any way, and fought hard to get total control over them from the syndicate so they couldn't merchandise them without his approval. Larson pretty clearly never had a problem with merchandising the heck out of his comic.
Also, I always thought the Peanuts characters selling Dolly Madison and Met Life were quaint.
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Doesn’t really add anything but the implication may be that it will be an official online collection of far side cartoons.
I recall when he announced his retirement, he said it was just too much pressure to produce a daily comic strip.

Of course, that would not preclude him from adding new ones to the website whenever he feels like it. Please feel like it, Gary!
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I guess we still haven't recovered from glimpsing the dark side of Scott Addams.
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I recall when he announced his retirement, he said it was just too much pressure to produce a daily comic strip.

Of course, that would not preclude him from adding new ones to the website whenever he feels like it. Please feel like it, Gary!
The Far Side was a daily strip? It's been so long, I don't even remember. But I can see how it would be too much pressure. He had to convey the story or joke or whatever in only one panel and maybe a one-sentence caption. It's not at all easy.
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The Far Side was a daily strip? It's been so long, I don't even remember.
It was. I strongly suspect that it inspired a number of single-panel daily strips with offbeat humor, like Bizarro and The Argyle Sweater (the creator of which has apparently acknowledged the similarity to The Far Side).
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I once had a hardbound collection with contained a section of "Censored Cartoons." One showed a surgical operation, with the surgeon dangling something between his fingers over a begging dog. To which was added the caption, "No, you didn't see this one. Turn the page."

There was also a hapless snake who was stuck and couldn't slither out of a crib because of its bulging abdomen.
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My all-time fave (actually appeared in the newspapers): We see a city street corner. Coming from one direction, a nerd rollerskating and grooving to a Walkman. From the other, Tarzan riding an elephant and leading a charging herd. Caption: "Brian has a rendezvous with destiny."
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I once had a hardbound collection with contained a section of "Censored Cartoons."
From the same volume: Gary told how an entomologist contacted him and asked his permission to name a newly discovered species of louse after him. His response: "Well, I knew nobody was going to offer to name a new species of swan after me . . ."

See also the thagomizer.
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I'm glad others pointed out the classic joke. Very nice, well done.
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Sounds a lot more like Bill Watterson, who resisted merchandising his characters in any way, and fought hard to get total control over them from the syndicate so they couldn't merchandise them without his approval. Larson pretty clearly never had a problem with merchandising the heck out of his comic.
Not a mind-reader, but I think he made a distinction between book collections and sticking his cartoons on calendars, and having his characters (though, as noted upthread, WHAT characters?) selling Zingers. YMMV.

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We do, too!
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Yeah, mine too. It's the dog's understated expression that makes it funny. And the "CAT FUD" signs.
After one of our dogs got into the kibble, we got a sealable "vault" that hold pet food securely.

OF COURSE I hand-lettered a shaky "CAT FUD" on the label.
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