Far Side designer Gary Larson launches his first new comics in 25 years


This new work of art by Far Far designer Gary Larson is for sure moo-ving. Farworks

If there was a time when the world needed to satirical comic book The Far Side, it would be 2020. Like Coronavirus pandemic dominates the headlines, we could use the bizarre humor of cartoonist Gary Larson more than ever.

Larson, which withdrew the cartoon’s daily syndication in 1995, added new comics to the New Stuff section on its official website The Far Side on Tuesday.

The color digital art panel (shown above) is a Frankenstein-esque cow monster bringing a tray with snacks and a hot drink to a mad scientist excitedly drawing on a large notepad. The scientist can only be seen by his shadow on the brick wall.

Art has no legend, which means fans will have to find their own interpretation of the sci-fi horror scene.

Other new Larson comics released on Tuesday include a man greeting a taxidermist instead of a taxi; extraterrestrials hiding behind bushes next to a distant road discussing their “probe and release” technique for abducting humans; and a group of bears eating human cubs at a picnic table in the forest.

Anyone who read the funny pages of the newspapers from 1980 to 1995 will probably remember Larson’s witty comic book, Far Side. Larson’s signature humor portrays the ridiculous sides of humanity, as well as the secret life of animals – often cows.

Larson wrote on his website on Tuesday that he enjoys retirement but is trying new things and drawing digitally for fun.

“So a few years ago – finally fed up with my once trusty but now reliable and treacherous pen – I decided to try a digital tablet,” wrote Larson. “I didn’t know anything about these devices, but I was hoping it would get me through my annual Christmas card test. I had one, I turned it on, and lo and behold, something totally unexpected happened: in a few moments, I was having fun drawing again. I was amazed at all the tools the thing offered, all the creative potential it contained. I just had no idea how these things were going. ”

Larson will continue to surprise fans by periodically submitting new illustrations to the website, according to a statement.

“I don’t want to mislead anyone here,” wrote Larson. “This corner of the website – New Stuff – is not a resurrection of The Far Side’s daily cartoons. The New Stuff you will see here is the result of my journey into the world of digital art. I just explore, experiment and try stuff. “


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