“Every one of those 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, it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” –Gary Larson, in the preface to The Complete Far Side
Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was obviously a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back like a paperback set having a newly designed slipcase that can delight Far Side fans.
Revered by its fans because funniest, most original, most “What the … ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years within 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 the event you must know–presented in (about) chronological order by year of publication, using more than 1,100 which have never before appeared inside a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared over the last Far Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran being a special feature within the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side® of Science. Creator Gary Larson gives a rare glimpse in to 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 in the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his sagacious thoughts inside a foreword, and Larson’s former editor describes exactly what was try to be “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”
During its 14-year run, The Far Side® was syndicated internationally to in excess of 1,900 daily newspapers. It spawned 23 books and possesses been translated into 17 different languages.
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