Gary Larson quietly brings back “The Far Side” after 25 years of absence / Boing Boing


Original comic book institution The Far Side came back very quietly as an irregular line series in color. Nerds, cows, bears, cavemen, scouts, old ladies and aliens are back to the old drawing board, which creator Gary Larson now scans:

I don’t want to mislead anyone here. This corner of the website – “New Stuff” – is not a resurrection of The Far Side daily cartoons. (Well, not exactly, anyway – like the proverbial tiger and its stripes, I’m pretty much stuck with my sense of humor. Aren’t we all?) The point is that I completely I enjoyed my career as a union cartoonist and I hope that, at least in spirit, we laughed together. But after fifteen years of meeting deadlines, well, blah blah blah … you know the rest. The day after I retired from syndication, it felt good do not to take advantage of a delay. And after moving on to other interests, drawing just wasn’t on my to-do list.

Gary added:

The “New Stuff” that you will see here is the result of my journey into the world of digital art. Believe me, it was a bit of a learning curve for me. I come from a world of pen and ink, and suddenly I felt like I was sitting at the controls of a 747. (It’s true, I don’t go out much.) But also upset that I was, there was still something familiar there – a sense of adventure. It was always at the heart of what I liked most when I drew The Far Side, this sense of exploration, the search for something, the taking of risks, sometimes the homerun and sometimes the creation of “tools for the cow”. (Let’s not go into details.) But as a jazz teacher once said to me about improvisation, “You want to try to take people somewhere where they might never have been . I think my approach to caricature was similar – I’m just not sure is knew where I was going. But I was having fun.

So if you’re ready, enter as if you were going through the door of…


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