The first new film The Far Side Strip in 25 years surprises by Gary Larson

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Last year, comic book Gary Larson was preparing to revive his classic comic book. The Far Side. The news came in September of last year, and since then … nothing, until today. Larson has updated their website with not one, not two, but three new The Far Side tapes for the enjoyment of readers. What readers are sure to notice about these new tapes is that even if they present the classic humor of Larson’s early work, his new additions are not ink on paper but have been materialized digitally and even have a certain depth. You can read them yourself here.

Larson also wrote an open letter in the “New Stuff” section of TheFarSide.com, revealing what his relationship with art looked like since his retirement in the mid-1990s and what had prompted him to bring the series back under a form or another. He noted that this section of the website is not a complete resurrection of The Far Side’s daily comics, but a place for him to explore, experiment and try new things as an artist.

“The day after I retired from syndication, it was good not to draw on a deadline,” writes Larson. “And after moving on to other interests, drawing just wasn’t on my to-do list. Things change. But a few years ago – and coming back to the subject in question – something happened in my life, and it started with a blocked pen…. Despite my retirement, I still had intermittent ties to comics, including my wife’s and my personal Christmas card. Once a year, I sat down to face Santa Claus, and each year it started with the same ritual: me cursing then cleaning my clogged pen. ”

He continued, “So a few years ago – finally fed up with my once-loyal but now reliable and treacherous pen – I decided to try a digital tablet. I didn’t know anything about these devices, but I was hoping it would get me through my annual test Christmas card. I had one, I turned it on, and lo and behold, something totally unexpected happened: in a few moments, I still had fun drawing. I was amazed by all the tools the thing offered, all the creative potential it contained. I didn’t know how far these things had gone. Perhaps aptly, the first thing I drew was a caveman. ”

Larson concluded his letter (which you can read in full here), that he is ready to begin this “New Stuff” section, by writing: “So here it is. I have my coffee, I have this cool gadget, and I don’t have deadlines. And – to borrow from Sherlock Holmes – the game is on. ”

The original version of The Far Side operated from 1980 to 1995, was not only a huge success in the world of newspaper tapes, but became a craft industry in itself, with t-shirts, coffee mugs, greeting cards, etc. Le New York Times previously, Larson’s comic had probably generated about $ 500 million in revenue at the time, an amount that would likely be higher if it were adjusted for inflation.

(Cover photo by Glen Martin / The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Disclosure: ComicBook is owned by CBS Interactive, a division of ViacomCBS.

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