The Complete Far Side

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New York Times best-seller!


"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

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Overview

New York Times best-seller!


"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

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 Gary's twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book, a lavish production which takes its place alongside collector's-edition art books.

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 have 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 pithy thoughts in a foreword, and Gary 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 22 books and has been translated into a total of 17 different languages.

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. In 1995, Larson's animated film Gary Larson's Tales from The Far Side 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 Venice International Film Festival.

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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: 9780740721137
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: The Far Side ® Collection
  • Edition description: 2 Volume Set
  • Pages: 1272
  • Sales rank: 108,569
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 14.20 (h) x 4.05 (d)

Meet the Author

The Far Side was syndicated in more than 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Gary Larson retired. During its run, the cartoon spawned 22 books from AMP, which were translated into a total of 17 different languages. For his work with The Far Side, Larson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist from the National Cartoonists Society in 1991 and 1994. The group also named The Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    I'm in Heaven

    I am a huge Far Side fan and have been for years. When I heard that Larson was retiring in '94 I was miserable. I still had years of Far Side calendars to bring laughter even if it was not new material. My days have not been the same since Larson stopped the Off The Wall calendar and I first heard that this set was in the works when looking for other Far Side books to fill my fix. Two years later, I finally have it and it is worth every penny. The design of these volumes is beautiful and no fan will be disappointed. These books will keep me satisfied and I am glad that Larson would do this for the fans of the cartoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Funny Bunny.

    The collection brings back memories of cutting out the comics from the newspaper, and including them in cards, and letters to people who I knew would get a kick out of the comic. There are comics specific to occupations, and private jokes between friends, and family that I've shared with over the years. There were times when I wanted to send a comic to someone, but couldn't find it. Now I can write them about the comic, and they can find it online themselves. The book is worth a thousand laughs, and then some. I used to cut them out, and post them on our refrigerator. It was worth every penny to buy this set of books. I even get ideas for jokes that I tell to everyone I know, based on some of the comics. I do a new one each day. After receiving the books on my front door step, I began to read, and read for several days. It was a true delight to see my old "friends" in their former glory. There will always be a place in the funny pages for one panel comics, and these will be classics for years to come. I saved up for two years to buy this set, and it was worth the wait. It was a purchase that exceeded my expectations. It's called The Far Side for a reason. The humor was sometimes way out there, and I had to do a bit of thinking to get the punch line sometimes. There are some that I still don't get. There's something for most everyone contained in the pages; many in full color. The smell of the paper is great as well.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Far Side fans gotta have it!

    I have previously purchased this for myself and as a gift. This set is huge and complete. I spend hours reading the comics and laughing with every turn of the page. The gift I gave also was very well received and I have gotten calls about the funny comics as the recipient reads them. If you love the Far Side comics add this to your home collection! Best bet, wait for a sale since this is a costly set.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    Gary Larson just gets it.

    I used to get a Far Side daily calendar from my friend Melissa every year, and I in turn, gave her one. I was forever scrawling comments on them or writing our names over the characters' foreheads. A favorite given to me:

    "No Zak, it Wilga's turn to lick bowl."

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Gary Larson is terrific!

    I was a kid when i had last looked at The Far Side. Now as on adult I decided to revisit the Far Side. Reading them all in chronological order was great because you could see him progress as well as notice some of the patterns in his creations. Clippings of often negative "To the Editor" newspaper columns sprinkled throughout are a nice touch. Gary Larson himself writes a bunch of forwards for the sections and they are very insightful.
    The only drawback is these books are heavy!! Anyway, if you purchase this collection you can have then forever to pass on to future generations.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Great collection for fans of the Far Side

    It has been many years since I sat down and read some Far Side comics and these books brought back all of the laughs and enjoyment I remembered as a kid while reading them. I am quite happy with this collection. It is organized by year and many of the comics are in full color. My only warning is: the two books are huge; I think the package was over 20 pounds and the books are so tall (14 inches) they don't fit on my book shelf. So now they proudly sit on the top of the shelves. Also due to the weight this order did not qualify for free shipping. These are best read at a table so your furniture can hold the 10 pounds per book rather than you. Enjoy the comics, I certainly did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    Awesome

    This is a must get! Never have I seen such a well organized, beautifully put together piece of art! If you like Gary's great sense of humor, this is a great addition to the library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Funnies Taken Seriously

    This is heavy- in a good way. This book was produced with extremely high production values (how often is cloth used anymore?) to go along with the high quality that Larson put into each cartoon. For those of you who pick up Far Side calenders each year, just to continue a daily fix, people who have every single collection, or those curious as to why so much fuss is being made about a single panel of lines and words, this book demands appreciation. This collection cannot help but scream for similar treatment to be done to other classic series (Calvin and Hobbes) and is a display piece in every sense of the phrase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    'Far Side' and away, the best of Larson!

    This collection is the best single representation I have ever seen of a comic artists work! The quality of materials used is just shy of an Easton Press collectors edition. The completeness and additional materials (letters, additional comics, etc.) included are insightful, humorous and add real value to the comic reading experience. If you should happen to run into someone who isn't a Gary Larson fan, you can drop this collection on their head and make them extinct! Cost is my only nit here but, in my view, the package is worth the price. Bill Watterson, please consider this route for our buddies 'C & H'!

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