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    Gary Larson has emerged from his 25 year "escape" and it's only fair to warn that, He's BACK!!! On 30 July 2020 he began to post a "daily Dose" of prior work and has started to use a digital format for new projects.

    A hint of introduction from Gary's web site:

    A Letter From Gary Larson

    September 26, 2019

    Hard to believe.

    Itís been close to 25 years since I decided to retire my trusty Rapidograph X500, with added Comfort Grip, Turbo Flow, and Steadycow. (I especially loved that last option.) That was a nice pen. We went places. But just around the time the two of us were emerging from our adventure down one rabbit hole, another one suddenly loomed.

    Back then, the Internet was a cute little Internet-ling, its cold, digital eyes just starting to open. The first website (I just looked this up) debuted only a couple years prior to my retirement, Google came along several years later, and Facebook was launched a full decade after I had drawn my last cow. Meaning, like most of my generation, I was pretty much clueless about this new technology that was on the rise. Hell, I was still marveling at the wonders of my electric pencil sharpener. (I splurged.)

    But as the digital world gathered speed, I was as excited as most of us who lived outside the tech world (and back then, as a cartoonist, you couldnít get much further outside of tech unless maybe you were a coal miner) and were seeing all these amazing tools unfold. Tools to help us better communicate, write, explore, and learn. (Of course, soon to be adding hack, steal, exploit, deceive, bully, and maybe destroy democracy, but hey, whatíre a few wrinkles? Weíll figure this out. Or not.) Naively, I now realize, I never once foresaw any connection between this emergent technology and my cartoons. I had spent years drawing The Far Side for (real) newspapers, which segued into (real) books and (real) calendars. These, as some of you may recall, were rather quaint, three-dimensional objects that could also double as flyswatters. What did the Internet have to do with me? Cue the scary music.

    Okay, ďscaryĒ might be a little melodramatic, but years ago, when I slowly started realizing I had a second publisher and distributor of my work, known as Anyone With a Scanner & Associates, I did find it unsettling enough to write an open letter to ďwhom it may concern,Ē explaining ó best as I could ó why I preferred that the people doing this would kindly refrain. I wonít rehash it all here, but my powers of persuasion had at least some impact, and many of my fans were very understanding and responsive. Maybe it takes a warped mind to understand a warped mind. (No, seriously, my thanks to those who removed my cartoons willingly, or even begrudgingly.)

    So fast-forward to today, and hey, look! Iím writing another letter! This time, though, Iím writing to say something I never thought I would: Welcome to The Far Side website! Guess Iíve got some ísplaininí to do.

    Truthfully, I still have some ambivalence about officially entering the online world ó I previously equated it to a rabbit hole, although ďblack holeĒ sometimes seems more apropos ó but my change of heart on this has been due not only to some evolution in my own thinking, but also in two areas Iíve always cared about when it comes to this computer/Internet ďstuffĒ: security and graphics.

    Okay, so better security is, of course, just better security. But it helps. If they wanted to, Iím sure the Russians could get inside this thing and start messing with my captions. (I know theyíre thinking about it!) But the other one ó the advancements in graphics ó has been a big incentive for me. Man, did those old computer screens suck when it came to visual nuances. Iíll make up an example: Letís say Iím going to draw a group of vultures who are scavenging the remains of some poor soul who got lost in the desert, and one of them has encountered a glass eye. (You can see the potential already.) This could probably go several ways, but Iím thinking the bird is excited about his discovery and is telling his buddies he wants to take it home and show his kids. Whatever, I already know thereís a lot to capture in this scene, while trying not to overcomplicate it. Some things have a bit of leeway, but that glass eye? That has to be juuuuuust right, or this thing is damaged goods, if not blown. As for seeing it on an old computer screen? Fuhgeddaboudit. But things have changed. On todayís computers and devices, voilŗ! ó youíre definitely going to see that small, dispossessed eye. I could even add a hint of blue. Ah, yes. Nice eye. (I apologize to anyone who either doesnít appreciate glass-eye humor or has lost a loved one in the desert, but Iíve got to finish this thing and thatís what jumped in my head.)

    Finally, I also concede Iím a little exhausted. Trying to exert some control over my cartoons has always been an uphill slog, and Iíve sometimes wondered if my absence from the web may have inadvertently fueled someoneís belief my cartoons were up for grabs. Theyíre not. But itís always been inherently awkward to chase down a Far SideĖfestooned website when the person behind it is often simply a fan. (Although not everyone is quite so uncomplicated in their motives; my cartoons have been taken and used to help sell everything from doughnuts to rodent control. At least I offer range.) So Iím hopeful this official website will help temper the impulses of the infringement-inclined. Please, whoever you are, taketh down my cartoons and let this website become your place to stop by for a smile, a laugh, or a good olí fashioned recoiling. And I wonít have to release the Krakencow.

    So here we go. I hope you enjoy TheFarSide.com. Iím very grateful to the digital team at AMU, my longtime publisher, for all their input and hard work on this project. And for those of you who are familiar with The Far Side, and perhaps wishing it had been online before now (as opposed to those who are familiar with my work and have an opposing view), thank you for your patience. I hope all the reasons Iíve given here help explain why Iím so late to this party. But Iím finally here. And I could use a drink.

    ó Gary Larson
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    No way?!!!

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    Damn, I need to find my Farside Coffee table book! Thanks for the info Stu!

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    My favorite is the scene of guys in trenchcoats walking around in a seemingly 1920's Chicago street scene with miniature revolvers tied to their noses.

    "The Tragic Proliferation of Noseguns."

    Of course, there was the famous "Cow Tools".
    It has been one year since an Arlington police officer defended himself against a loose, charging dog. In this case, someone other than the dogs' owner did Not reap the initial tragic consequences. Usually it is an innocent victim that gets it.

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    I thought he died? I always remember this one.
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    John 3:16

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    i trully thought this post was becuase the op was upset i came back. man im so paranoid. but im trying to get better
    LED's have gotten too bright in our stuff. Many nights I'm awakened by my modem lights blinking.had help with my sig thank you for your help.

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