“Every one of them cartoons is simply something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I ‘jotted’ them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, who’s struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” –Gary Larson, on the preface to The Complete Far Side
Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side would have been a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back like a paperback set which has a newly designed slipcase that could delight Far Side fans.
Revered by its fans since the funniest, most original, most “What the … ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years about the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994. The Complete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this particular ultimate Far Side book.
A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated–over 4,000 in case you must know–presented in (about) chronological order by year of publication, using more than 1,100 which had never before appeared in the book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared within the last few Far Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as being a special feature inside New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side® of Science. Creator Gary Larson comes with a rare glimpse in the mind of The Far Side® in quirky and thoughtful introductions to every of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some from the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his sagacious thoughts in the foreword, and Larson’s former editor describes just what it was enjoy being “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”
During its 14-year run, The Far Side® was syndicated internationally to more than 1,900 daily newspapers. It spawned 23 books and it has been translated into 17 different languages.
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