The Complete Far Side

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The Far Side® is back in this much-anticipated three-volume slipcased paperback edition of The Complete Far Side!

“Every one of these cartoons is just 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, that it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” —Gary Larson, from the preface to The Complete ...

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Overview

The Far Side® is back in this much-anticipated three-volume slipcased paperback edition of The Complete Far Side!

“Every one of these cartoons is just 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, that it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” —Gary Larson, from the preface to The Complete Far Side

Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back as a paperback set with a newly designed slipcase that will delight Far Side fans.

Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most “What the ... ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994. The Complete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book.

A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated—over 4,000 if you must know—presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that had never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side® of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side® in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his sagacious thoughts in a foreword, and Larson’s former editor describes what it was like to be “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”

During its 14-year run, The Far Side® was syndicated internationally to over 1,900 daily newspapers. It spawned 23 books and has been translated into 17 different languages.

Copyright © 2014 by FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side® and Tales from The Far Side® are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lumpy cows and dinosaurs, nerds wearing glasses and women with big hair abound in this hefty two-volume slipcased compilation of Larson's twisted and beloved single-panel comic. Complete with every syndicated Far Side cartoon arranged chronologically by year of publication, in addition to 19 that were created after Larson's retirement in 1995, this deluxe set features chapter introductions by Larson as well as letters from fans and puzzled readers ("Help!... [This comic] has stumped not only me but the entire office"). Readers will be amused by the insightfully funny and nostalgic chapter introductions that offer a peek into the cartoon genius's mind, such as the intro to 1982 that illustrates what Larson calls the "ohpleaseohplease syndrome"an obsession he shares with biologists and naturalists (and his brother) to acquire a lizard or another creature, if only briefly, and to "drink it in" before it escapes into its own world. Comedian/author Martin provides a foreword that captures the offbeat and candid humor underlying each comic, as he sorrowfully reports that "many of the scenes depicted in this book are actually false." Readers may not be stunned by this revelation, but they will surely enjoy flipping through the slick, full-colored pages of this mammoth treasurya lavish (and heavy!) collector's item that is the perfect gift for Far Side fans. Just make sure they say "ohpleaseohplease." (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449460044
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/25/2014
  • Pages: 1278
  • Sales rank: 173,554

Meet the Author

For his work with The Far Side®, Gary Larson received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in both 1991 and 1994. The National Cartoonists Society also named The Far Side® Best Syndicated Panel in 1985 and 1987. In 1993, The Far Side® was awarded the Max and Moritz Prize for Best International Comic Strip/Panel by the International Comics Salon. The October 1994 debut of Larson’s animated film Gary Larson’s Tales from The Far Side® as a prime-time Halloween special on the CBS TV network was named to Time magazine’s Top 10 List for the Best Television of 1994. It won the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Festival in Annecy, France. His second animated film, Gary Larson’s Tales from The Far Side® II, premiered in 1997 in the United States at the Telluride Film Festival and in Europe at the Brussels and Venice International Film Festivals.

Copyright © 2014 by FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side® and Tales from The Far Side® are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.

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