The Far Side ® Gallery 5

The Far Side ® Gallery 5

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ISBN-13: 9780836204254
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/1995
Series: The Far Side ® Collection , #21
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 102,708
Product dimensions: 10.74(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.36(d)

About 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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The Far Side ® Gallery 5 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
scuzzy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
gary larson...my second favourite cartoonist. has he ever made a cartoon of cavemen, elephants in disguise, or cows in a field that you havent laughed at????
StormRaven on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As the title says, this is Gary Larson's fifth gallery of Far Side cartoons. There isn't much one can say about the cartoons themselves. The single panel format filled with the demented brilliance of Larson's weirdly humorous vision is simply something one loves, or something one hates. I am firmly in the "love it" camp and simply don't understand the mentality of those who fall into the "hate it" camp.The most unusual thing about this volume is that the forward is written by Jane Goodall (yes, that Jane Goodall) in which she recounts her side of the fracas involving a Far Side strip in which she was referenced. For those who don't know, the strip featured two apes, with the female grooming the male. The caption read "Well, well - another blonde hair . . . Conducting a little more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp?" The strip was published while Jane was working in Tanzania, and she did not find out about it until she returned for a lecture tour. She was horrified to learn that the executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute had sent a letter of complaint to Larson. Goodall herself found the strip to be wonderful, her recollection is that she let out a guffaw and said "Wow! Fantastic! Real fame at last!". Of course, Larson had withdrawn the strip by then, and it required an affidavit from her saying she would not sue him for him to give permission for it to be used by the National Geographic Society and it eventually appeared on a promotional shirt sold by her Institute. So, in the end, all turned out well.Goodall also recounts her experiences with Larson when he came to visit her in Tanzania, which gives a fascinating look at the mind of the cartoonist. The book also contains a dedication to Gary's brother Dan, who he says taught him the beauty and wonder of smacking your brother in the head with a jellyfish. Sadly, the dedication is in memory of Larson's brother.The meat of the book is, of course, the comic panels and, as usual, they are almost all wonderful. Many are brilliant. Only a few stand out as being below par. But from insects going about their very human like lives, to scientists engaged in insane pursuits to the doings of men stranded on tiny desert isles, and all cows in between, the strips are weird, bizarre, demented, and sometimes downright insane, but always funny. (One odd note, there is more than one strip featuring Lewis and Clark in the volume, which seems an obscure choice for multiple strips).In short, if you are looking for a laugh the originates in the world of dolphin delinquents hanging out with tuna, llama subway riders playing practical jokes, and Hell's video store (stocked entirely with copies of Ishtar) one can almost never go wrong picking up this book and reading a couple pages of panels.
Anonymous 10 months ago
laugh until it hurts
Left More than 1 year ago
Gary Larson and the Far Side is really fun to have around. I put them on my coffee table and I let younger people who may not know that the Far Side even exist get a chuckle out of the books. I like to keep funny things alive.
abc123_2000franco More than 1 year ago
What I have to say about this book is wow and funny.I liked how they made the nice funny pictures and funny comments. nuts nuts get them nuts. it was hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly ADORE this book !!!! It brings laughs and joy and a good time I've reread it a few times front to back. All the people at work talk about it and relate it to our every day lives.One last time This book is outstanding wonderful great good cool awsome and all of the above 3 times over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone that needs some more humor in there lives.A great book.I love it.This is a funny book and will give you days of laughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can be described with one simple word. Hilarious. I will laugh for hours at just one joke and Knowing that their are 150 more ones to go I wonder if I will make it to the backcover. Gary Larson is amazing. No matter how many jokes he has written he always seems to find something even funnier then the one before. Ever since I got interested in The Far Side I have always wanted to read the next book in the series.I'm going to be sad when he stops.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great buy. Gary Larson is a great cartoonist. Lots of laughs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just yesterday, a horrible thing happened all over the world! Well, not as horrible as hilarious! Everyone in the world who read Far Side comics were sick with laughter! Hospitals were overflowing with sick patients that couldn't stop laughing! The epidemic will soon be controlled, but until then, we advise you not to read any Far Side comics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister got me this book as a birthday gift when i turned 9. It's hilarious! Buy. NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
haha this book is sooo funny! i love it! everybody should have this book... i read jokes over and over and they are still funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was read by me Becky i am 11 and i just loved this book and i like to read it over and over!!!! You should read this book to get all th laughs!