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From The Guardian,

Far Side creator Gary Larson launches website with promise of new work

Beloved cartoons, which had been retired for 24 years without any official internet presence, now have an archive site with new work in the pipeline

Alison Flood

Tue 17 Dec 2019 17.51 GMTLast modified on Tue 17 Dec 2019 19.50 GMT

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Well, they’re back … Gary Larson’s TheFarSide.com.  Well, they’re back … Gary Larson’s TheFarSide.com. Illustration: Gary Larson

There will be cows, undoubtedly; there will probably also be dinosaurs. The Far Side creator Gary Larson is set to release his first new work in 24 years, it was announced on Tuesday.

A “new online era” of Larson’s beloved, surreal comic creations had been promised on the cartoonist’s website in September. His publishers Andrews McMeel have now officially launched TheFarSide.com. They said the site would feature previously unseen sketches and doodles from Larson’s sketchbooks, a daily selection of cartoons from The Far Side – previously unavailable online – as well as the “periodic unveiling of new work by Larson” from next year. “In truth, we really have no idea what might show up. But, on the other hand, what’s changed?” they said.

Syndicated in almost 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, Larson retired The Far Side in 1995, citing “simple fatigue and a fear that if I continue for many more years my work will begin to suffer or at the very least ease into the Graveyard of Mediocre Cartoons”. He has worked to keep his cartoons from being reproduced digitally, because of what he called the “emotional cost” of having his work “offered up in cyberspace beyond my control”.

Marking the launch, Larson thanked fans for their patience, and set out to explain “why I’m so late to this party”. Larson admitted to “some ambivalence about officially entering the online world” but said that security and graphics are both better today, and there has also been some evolution in his own thinking. “I’m finally here,” said Larson. “And I could use a drink.”

“Finally, I also concede I’m a little exhausted. Trying to exert some control over my cartoons has always been an uphill slog, and I’ve sometimes wondered if my absence from the web may have inadvertently fuelled someone’s belief my cartoons were up for grabs. They’re not. But it’s always been inherently awkward to chase down a Far Side–festooned website when the person behind it is often simply a fan,” he wrote. “So I’m hopeful this official website will help temper the impulses of the infringement-inclined. Please, whoever you are, taketh down my cartoons and let this website become your place to stop by for a smile, a laugh, or a good ol’ fashioned recoiling. And I won’t have to release the Krakencow.”

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I used to get my boys his daily calendars every Christams...they loved his sense of humor....LOL..I just remembered I'd drop #1 son off at a music store for his guitar lesson. The store was operated by a odd ,quirky family and we'd call it The Far Side music store :D

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 “I’m finally here,” said Larson. “And I could use a drink.”

Got my vote!!!

One would think after 20 odd years, he might have a significant backlog of weirdisms to draw from. We can only hope.

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48 minutes ago, Willin' said:

Got my vote!!!

One would think after 20 odd years, he might have a significant backlog of weirdisms to draw from. We can only hope.

Very odd years.

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2 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Larson is such a genius that it's hard to have a favourite - they mostly all are but here are the ones I find most memorable;

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I strongly suspect this was Larson's homage to a theatrical production.

There was an off Broadway play produced in 1970 called Steambath.  It was written by well known writer Buce Jay Friedman, author of The Heartbreak Kid, among other works. Basically it takes place in a steam bath and the patrons that may or may not know that they are dead and the steam bath is the afterlife.  God is the Puerto Rican attendant of the steam bath.  The dead folks sit around talking about life, and God mostly sits at his computer, fucking with peoples lives, in one scene dictating to his computer, he orders that very scenario above. 

The play ran for a little over 100 performances and was produced for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1973, and also became a series on the cable Showtime network in 1983.  Several well known actors played roles in these productions.  Anthony Perkins, of Psycho fame directed the original production and also played on of the characters in the show.

The play is extremely funny and there's lots of foul language.  What's not to like about that.

I guess my BA in theater didn't go to waste, I get to enlighten people on some obscure theatrical trivia.  We did a production of Steambath at my college theater, it was a fun show.

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1 hour ago, DA-WOODY said:

I went and looked

They gave me Cookies 

Chocolate chip or oreo?

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