The Complete Far Side

Paperback | November 25, 2014

byGary Larson

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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 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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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 some...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1278 pages, 12 × 8.2 × 3.9 inPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:Andrews McMeel PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1449460046

ISBN - 13:9781449460044

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surreal stuff for kids and adults. #plum A great introduction for young people to the absurdity of life and the best response. Just laugh at it.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As surreal an experience as reading the strip itself... One Saturday morning, after owning "The Complete Far Side" for about two weeks, I sat down and finally opened it to take a peek inside... and found later the following Sunday evening that I had gone through the entire thing, strip by strip, in one solid sitting, having even forgone sleeping o do so; THAT'S how enthralling this compendium is to read! You will rarely enjoy yourself as much as you will diving into this beast!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Finally picked this up and glad I did. A ton of strips I hadn't read before so I got to be entertained by old and new(ish)!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Blinding! of the Far side The far side is definately one of the most superior comics of them all! Gary Larson chose to write his comics in a one band instead of comics like "garfield" which is written in 3-10 bands. Gary Larson, though he had some ups and downs (read the Prehistory of the Far Side-mutations), he did excellently well with these comic strips. They are funny for the whole family (some of them can be a little 14+ but they are enjoyable!) and I'm sure everybodywill enjoy them.
Date published: 2010-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Fantastic Really brings back great memories. Very, very funny. Never tire of reading them again and again....They remain funny
Date published: 2008-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best gift ever! I bought this collection for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he loved it! He reads a little bit every night and I know it makes his evening. All I hear is him snicker as he flips the pages. I myself find the letters written to and from Gary Larson so funny (the collection holds more than just the comics). When people come into the house and see the beautiful box sitting there they instantly gravitate to it. It was so worth the cost (and I paid full price). So it was really a gift for him as well as for myself.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Gary Larson tickles my soul! I am honoured that every Far Side ever is made available through the Complete Far Side Collection. One of my most personal and deep desires in life is a single encore, Mr. Larson. But if not, know that you have brought more joy to mine and my colleagues' lives than you will ever know! 9-1-1 Operators, Flight Attendants and Skydivers that I know -- everywhere, will forever be in your debt! God Bless & thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Regards, Jason Dietrich Brantford, ON Canada
Date published: 2004-12-19