‘The Far Side’ Is Back. Sort Of. Gary Larson Will Explain.

A website will feature some of the beloved comic strip’s classics and, Larson says, “I’m looking forward to slipping in some new things every so often.”

Comments: 64

  1. We have missed you DESPERATELY, Gary Larson!

  2. This is the best national news in a long time!

  3. choosing a fave cartoon is like picking your favourite child. i can't believe it's been 25 years.

  4. Just for inventing the Thagomizer, Larson should get the Nobel in Medicine and Physiology, the Booker Prize, the National Medal of Honor, plus be inducted into the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

  5. Two spiders with a web a cross the bottom of a kids slide, if this works we'll eat like kings. Awesomely twisted.

  6. “Wiener Dog Art”. The mailman covered in wienerdogs. He tells his wife, I walked into a wienerdogs nest.

  7. “The Far Side” returns! My world is now complete.

  8. I have a recollection ( I hope not a hallucination ) that Gary Larson plays jazz on the guitar. Is this correct? If so, I hope he's still playing.

  9. Hooray! It's not all bad out there!

  10. Mr. and Mrs. frog are in the front seat of the car. Mr. Frog is driving. Mrs. Frog yells "Wathch out for that car! Criminy! You act you've been pithed or something." (approximately)

  11. What a great Christmas present to America! I love his witty, brilliant, Maad humor! Give us more Gary we are so desperate for a laugh!

  12. Thank God something GOOD from the 1980s is coming back. We need it now more than ever.

  13. Yippee!!! Yippee!!! Yippee!!!! (Midvale School for the Gifted. Dogs growling at a closet door. Ice cream truck driving by scientists’ lab. I think I have half of them memorized anyway. But YIPPEE!)

  14. Many favs, one where a bunch of cavemen are running from burning building with a sign labeled “research & development”. The caption is “fire is invented”.

  15. Gary Larson is a rare gift to humanity.

  16. Two fishermen on a lake seeing a mushroom cloud on the horizon: “You know what this means? No limit!” Two spiders by a web across the bottom of a kid’s playground slide: “If we pull this off we’ll eat like kings.” Priceless humor, always remembered!

  17. Dog in a taxi cab behind a couple in a car. “Drat! The dog’s following us again.”

  18. Scene: A courtroom. Alligator in witness stand, "Of course I did it in cold blood. I'm a reptile!"

  19. So many great strips. Stand out among so many “birds of prey know they are cool” with vultures wearing ray bans.

  20. oh, I am so much more relaxed now. think I'll slip into something more comfortable . . .

  21. I've been laughing out loud just reading some of the descriptions.

  22. "Beware of Doug"

  23. Dear Mr Larsen When I was doing research at STRI (the Smithsonian Tropical Reseach Station, in Panama, on Barre Colorado Island) in 1986, we had your strip pinned to the rest room door, the one where theres a GIANT coackroach standing in the doorway, and the beehive woman with cat-eye glasses is screaming "QUICK RALPH, STEP ON IT" and rest assured, the roaches there looked to be at LEAST that big - and they FLEW !!!! Thank you for putting a bit of humour onto my horror of roaches...

  24. What people say to their pets, “Do you want to go out Ginger?” What their pet hears, “blah, blah, blah, Ginger” Why is this so funny? It’s what we secretly believe pets AND people do. We are all so narcissistic. ; )

  25. I miss Gary Larson soooo much!!!

  26. The best, the best... the guys in the lab drinking from beakers... One says “ what the... this is lemonade. Where’s my culture of amoebic dysentery?” and the look on the face of the other guy as he realizes just what he has wrongly imbibed and the diarrhea that is now in store for him.

  27. The best news of 2019.

  28. I'm mitch McConnell and Larson is a democratic demon who will never be seen in the senate

  29. “Curiosity killed these cats”

  30. He's back! Thank god! We love him! The nexus point of all humor between my son and me! What blank office doors have been yearning for these past empty years! And watch the thought police get snagged up on one of his past or future panels, have a caniption fit and try to get the guy cancelled. Hang in there! Til the cows come home! Your stuff is forever hilarious! We need you!

  31. "Boneless chicken ranch" !

  32. He's back! How I missed him. In this day and age it takes a lot of courage to publish something like "The Far Side". I hope he does not get smothered by censors or new law suits creating yet another new movement: # cows have rights too!.

  33. @Benni #Moo Too!

  34. I was just a kid when The Far Side was out (a teen when Gary retired!) and I LOVED the cartoons, they were funnier than anything else around. I have so many compilation books that I saved my allowance to buy. Welcome back, Gary! I'm excited to discover your comics again.

  35. Hallelujah! There is a God!

  36. "Hey, sweetheart, I got news for you. I AM the lowest form of life on Earth."

  37. Yay!

  38. Oh Happy Day!!

  39. He's back! How I missed him. In this day and age it takes a lot of courage to publish something like "The Far Side". I hope he does not get smothered by censors or new law suits creating yet another new movement: #Cows have rights too!? #Moo Too?

  40. "I'm going to the vet's to get tutored."

  41. As a loyal NYT print subscriber -- yes, print subscriber! -- living in a Japanese forest where an old man on a motorbike delivers my paper at precisely 6:30am... I hereby beg, plead, implore and demand that the NYT replace one of the current lame comics (Dilbert being lamest) with a Far Side retrospective. You're already running ancient Calvin & Hobbes panels, so why not the vast trove of Far Side. (Moderator, please forward to your comics ed.)

  42. the cow who keeps ringing the door bell

  43. My all time favorite: Two border collies show up to help some sheep organize their party.

  44. Blah Blah Ginger.

  45. Skeletonize and skeedaddle! Who remembers the other 3?

  46. My favorite: a band of Native Americans circling a cluster of burning stage wagons, the leader of the group saying, (as I remember). "Clockwise, Red Eagle. Always clockwise."

  47. In Larson’s world, animals and people stand equal. In a lifeboat three creatures confront a fourth. “Fair is fair, Larry. We’re out of food, we drew straws, and you lost.” Two of the three creatures staring at the doomed man are human, and one is a dog. It’s one of the reasons I truly love him.

  48. Great to learn of the resurrection of The Far Side. I think the current younger generation will get a big kick out of it. A personal favorite of mine: Tonto minding Silver and Scout whilst the Lone Ranger is using the outhouse. "Kemosabe! . . . The music's starting! The music's starting!"

  49. I loved the cartoon of the two deer standing up talking -one with a big bulls eye on his chest. “That’s a bummer of a birthmark”

  50. The cow too - raised hoof behind g;asses lady's beehive.

  51. Gary Larson’s observational genius, across such an array of subjects and behaviors—human and animal, alike—make him a literary treasure. Another iconic American humorist, Mark Twain, said he didn’t have time to write a short letter; how Larson imagined so many perfect, laugh-out-loud set-ups in just a single frame is just incredible... Love reading other readers’ favorites and would add my own, still oft-quoted to this very day: two guys sitting on a park bench in hell. Fires smolder and devils poke the tormented with pitchforks. One of the guys leans over to the other and whispers “I hate this place...”

  52. Boy, does this article ever remind me of my aging, being almost the same age as Larson. I was amazed to read the timeline and see how long ago this favorite of mine had appeared and then stopped. I've saved a number of Larson's books of cartoons and considered them ideal visuals for some philosophies. They remind me of some people I've known. A favorite is the one with the guy happily whistling while pushing a wheelbarrow in hell, as one devil looking on says to another something like, "We're just not reaching this guy."

  53. Gary Larson’s observational genius, across such an array of subjects and behaviors—human and animal, alike—make him a literary treasure. Another iconic American humorist, Mark Twain, said he didn’t have time to write a short letter; how Larson imagined so many perfect, laugh-out-loud set-ups in just a single frame is just incredible... Love reading other readers’ favorites and would add my own, still oft-quoted to this very day: two guys sitting on a park bench in hell. Fires smolder and devils poke the tormented with pitchforks. One of the guys leans over to the other and whispers “I hate this place...”

  54. What's so confusing about "Cow Tools?" Just what sort of tools could one expect a cow to use?

  55. "Car!"

  56. @Mark Hackenstern I can't drive past a herd of cows without thinking of this one!

  57. I have waited for this soooooo long. They registered the web site so I put it in my daily run through the internet. And then nothing for week after week. Finally, the other day there was SOMETHING. Three cartoons. My god, I nearly fainted. I am so happy. Thank you Mister Larson. The cows who go on all fours when cars come by but when they are alone stand on on two legs.

  58. "bobbing for poodles"

  59. “I told you not to invite the cows over for a drink.”

  60. Whenever our family has a pet scheduled for That Operation, we say they're going to get "tutored". Love that Gary.

  61. @Linda S. We do, too. It has been a running joke in our household for the past 30 years.

  62. Welcome back! We’ve missed you! There are SO many “favorites” that bring a smile just thinking about them. But as a former pilot, I still have a framed hard copy of the airliner co-pilot blurting out, “Hey?...What’s a mountain goat doing up here in the clouds??” as the mountain becomes visible through the windshield.

  63. One of three well-groomed poodles in a secret huddle: “Well, yes, Fluffy, that is the downside. When we kill her the pampering will end.”

  64. So happy his genius stirs again! I will forever cherish my tattered t-shirt from his “Run to the Far Side” 10K held in golden gate park. Features one of the character’s giant maw open, with runners forging through it.