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Beyond The Far Side (Far Side Collection #2)

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The Far Side and the Larson signature are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published August 1st 1983 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published January 1st 1983)
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Before "Bizzaro" was skewering the relationship between humans and animals, there was "The Far Side"...






What can you say but these are just superb.
The second half is better than the first. At any rate, it contains a number of my favorites. Like the lady wondering what's in her front yard, or "It seems like every summer there's more and more of these things around." The unreachable guy in Hell and "Ooooooooo!" And the cow courtroom confessional and "Rusty's in the club!" "They turned it into a wastebasket?" and "Whoa!...That can't be right!"
1984 Jan 1

Who doesn't love the Far Side? Some are less than brilliant, but few are.


2012 Jul 23

Oh, who am I kidding? They're all pretty brilliant, they hold up delightfully. What I wonder is: was my sense of humor molded by The Far Side, or was there a twisted streak to it which Larson happened to share? The important thing is that the Offspring are enjoying these, too.

Library copy.
More inspired lunacy/genius from Gary Larson, this has a lot of great cartoons to recommend - from the penguin, in a flock, proclaiming “I gotta be me!” to the adventurous goldfish “The fool, he’s on the piano”; from the spider doing his web all wrong to the vulture, dressed in clothes, saying “Howdy, I’m a cowboy” - plus the cartoon that got me into the Far Side in the first place, after originally seeing it on a greetings card. Two mosquitoes, one normal sized, the other huge and the classic l...more
Beau Johnston
The only reason not to read this book is if...... who am I kidding, there are no reasons.
I found this on a pile of papers that I was cleaning up. What a hoot! I forgot how much I loved his humor, and it's a lot more fun looking at dozens of "strips" at a time than waiting for one a day in the paper.

My favorites are the ones I have to look at for a while to figure out the joke.

Happily, since I was in the Larson mood, I found two large volumes among my book stash.....
C'mon. What's not to love about The Far Side? It marks the origins of cool, self-mocking geeks in our society.
Oct 17, 2008 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: humour
I remember being introduced to the Far Side by a very good friend after a heavy session of serious alcohol...

I know that it's nothing to be proud of [but it felt good at the time], yet I have often wondered if my state of alcohol-induced giggles was entirely down to the Far Side...


The books are outstandingly still funny.
As always, Gary Larson delivers. Beyond the Far Side is funny, provocative, and insightful, like all of Larson's books. Unfortunately, as with most comics strips, it's either all or nothing, love it or hate it. If you like Larson, then you are guaranteed to love this book. If you don't care for Larson...why are you here?
Larson is not groundbreaking in his humor, his simply draws what most of us have thought before but never admit to anyone. Most of his humor lies in changing the perspectives we're used to. I like a man who still embraces his imagination.
2 Jon C
This is a very funny book. If you understand a wide variety of humor this would be an excellent book for you. I found this book very interesting and funny
Roy Hudson
The Far Side never disappoints, even if there are a few duds in each collection. Many cartoons in this one had me laughing out loud. Good stuff.
Not sure there is a Gary Larson collection that rates less than 5 stars. Love his stuff.
A good collection of Larson's exceedingly bizarre cartoons. It is a little short though.
One of my first introductions to the concept of humor and comedy as a kid.
My favorite cartoonist, period! I wish he was still working on new pieces-drat!
Don Gubler
Odd takes on our tendency toward anthropomorphism with animals. Very funny.
Aug 02, 2009 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: z_09, comic
Not my favorite collection, but good, as they all are.
Catherine Woodman
Gary Larson is really a Genius
Bryon Harris
Another great one
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Gary Larson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were Vern, a car salesman, and Doris, a secretary. He attended Curtis High School before attending Washington State University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in communications. In 1987, Larson married Toni Carmichael, an archaeologist.

Larson credits his older brother Dan for his "paranoid" sense of humor. Dan would pull countl...more
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