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message 1: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3489 comments Mod
OMFG :-)

https://www.thefarside.com/

To anyone under 30 this probably means nothing, but to us old farts, this is a return to our youth.


Ruth (tilltab) Ashworth | 1860 comments Huh...not under 30, but not a return to my youth either... the far side = amusing cards? The art-style certainly looks like the stuff you see in the humour section of card shops and the name rings a bell.


message 3: by David H. (new)

David H. (farrakut) | 908 comments Not greeting cards, Ruth! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far...

The comics often had a lot of great science jokes, and one of his comics led to the name now commonly used for the tail-spikes that the stegosaurus had: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thagomizer


message 4: by Iain (new)

Iain Bertram (iain_bertram) | 1268 comments David wrote: "Not greeting cards, Ruth! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far...

The comics often had a lot of great science jokes, and one of his comics led to the name now commonly used for the tail-spikes ..."


Which quite a few Palaeontologists hate because there is a good word for it.... Spikes.


Ruth (tilltab) Ashworth | 1860 comments David wrote: "Not greeting cards, Ruth! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far..."

Yeah, I looked it up after posting. I've only ever come across the cards though, or maybe seen the calendars in shops, so I assumed that's what the designs were made for.


message 6: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3489 comments Mod
The style does lend itself well for greeting cards.

On its best days 'The Far Side" was brilliant. Even on a bad day they still made me smile. Much like XKCD

We don't know much about what's coming other than the tease page.
But it better be new material Gary :-?

;-)


message 7: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8142 comments I saw this the other day and I’m tempering my expectations. The strip is endlessly quotable and we do it all the time. (“The coconut-like sound of their heads colliding secretly delighted the bird.”) Some of my all-time favorite Far Side cartoons involved UFOs. Pretty much every time a flying saucer showed up I laughed and laughed.

https://images.app.goo.gl/rQkvphmm5hU...
https://images.app.goo.gl/UvVBaPky4Y1...
https://images.app.goo.gl/dDi2SdVndnB...
https://images.app.goo.gl/aMxX66Uuzgd...
https://images.app.goo.gl/fq71mg3DZfM...


message 8: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2228 comments I received The Complete Far Side, 1980–1994 as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It is a glorious collection.


message 9: by Brian (new)

Brian (yetanotheranotherbrian) | 14 comments I also have the two volume "The Complete ..." and concur with the glorious rating.


message 10: by Mark (last edited Sep 18, 2019 05:38PM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2228 comments After Larson retired, countless cartoonists continued to mimic his style. One of my favorites is a one-off drawing by a fellow named Curt Danhauser, who like myself, is a Trekkie...




message 11: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2228 comments And cartoonists are still drawing Far Side-style panels. This one from last year by another Trekkie

https://twitter.com/DanHoogkamp_Art/s...


message 12: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2228 comments I'm a little worried. Larson's humor was always amiable. The world has gotten a lot meaner in recent years.


message 13: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Sep 18, 2019 06:21PM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6715 comments Mod
I loved me some Far side back in the day.

School for the gifted is still a personal favorite

https://images.app.goo.gl/Mey38naKgvy...

I just hope this reboot comes anywhere close to my memory of it.


message 14: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 3857 comments I might quibble that the world was more amiable back then, but...Berkeley Breathed has done a bangup job with Bloom County over the past several years. If Larson can bring back Far Side half as well it'll be a massive hit.


message 15: by Mark (last edited Sep 18, 2019 06:49PM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2228 comments John (Taloni) wrote: "I might quibble that the world was more amiable back then, but...Berkeley Breathed has done a bangup job with Bloom County over the past several years. If Larson can bring back Far Side half as wel..."

You may be right, but it's seems much easier to see the meanness.

Breathed hasn't missed a beat in his comeback.

I wonder what Bill Watterson is up to these days?


message 16: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 3857 comments Mark wrote: "I wonder what Bill Watterson is up to these days?"

Now, THAT would be the trifecta. Bloom County, Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. *Picard voice* Make it so!


message 17: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1527 comments Didn't he make a reappearance a few years back where he did some one else's comic strip with out telling anyone?

Yep, here is the story. Man I'm getting old, I thought this was like 2 years ago, turns out it was 5.

https://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2...


message 18: by Mark (last edited Sep 18, 2019 07:56PM) (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2228 comments Calvin & Hobbes have also made several appearances in Bloom County on April 1 2017, 2018 and maybe 2016. I'm not sure if Watterson was involved in drawing the strips, but I think it was done with his permission.


message 19: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 968 comments Ruth (tilltab) Ashworth wrote: "David wrote: "Not greeting cards, Ruth! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far..."

Yeah, I looked it up after posting. I've only ever come across the cards though, or maybe seen the calendars in ..."


I definitely remember Far Side cards in UK shops in the 90s, so if this is a Mandela Effect false memory, it’s shared by both of us Ruths...
I’m pretty sure my dad still has a compilation book in his toilet...


message 20: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3489 comments Mod
Trike wrote: "I saw this the other day and I’m tempering my expectations. "

I'm expecting a lot. How can I maintain my cranky old man persona, if I don't get disappointed often ;-)

Mark wrote: "I wonder what Bill Watterson is up to these days?."

That would be more exciting than "The Far Side", but very unlikely.

Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side and Robotman were my go to comic strips in the 80s and 90s


message 21: by Iain (last edited Sep 19, 2019 02:34AM) (new)

Iain Bertram (iain_bertram) | 1268 comments Bloom county seems to have a regular April Fools Day:

https://twitter.com/bloomcounty/statu...

If that isn't Watterson, Breathed can do a damn fine Calvin...

Signed by both in 2018:

https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybrea...


message 22: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4117 comments I have a coworker named Doug who has Beware of Doug on his office door.

I am also a fan of Midvale School for the Gifted.


message 23: by Kev (new)

Kev (sporadicreviews) | 639 comments Every time I push on a pull to open door (yes, I do that), I mutter "school for the gifted" to my self.


message 24: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4117 comments KevBayer wrote: "Every time I push on a pull to open door (yes, I do that), I mutter "school for the gifted" to my self."

There's likely a good reason that you do that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY96h...


message 25: by Kev (new)

Kev (sporadicreviews) | 639 comments terpkristin wrote: "There's likely a good reason that you do that. https://www.youtube.com/wat..."

Thanks for that video link! I enjoyed it. Darn doors... grumble grumble...


message 26: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4117 comments I use the fact that badly designed doors are called "Norman doors" as a conversation point whenever I come across one. :'-)


message 27: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1527 comments Where I work we have some non standard/ custom doors that need to be that way for some practical reasons. From the outside the doors look normal and have a handle that makes it pretty obvious it is a pull door. Once inside the door is carpeted and just needs to be pushed to open. There is a slight half recessed moon handle that is necessary to pull in the door against a gasket to dead bolt it from the inside. I'd say 85% of the people get it right on the first try, probably because they remember that when they came in they pulled, so when they leave they should probably push. We do often get new people using this door, so for many it is there first time.

My desk is near one of these doors, and every so often I notice somebody struggling with how to leave. And I have to say "just push". While not as bad as some of the doors in the video, I'm now thinking I should put a plate on that has push engraved on it, on the door. It's only been this way for 12 years. ;-)


message 28: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8142 comments terpkristin wrote: "KevBayer wrote: "Every time I push on a pull to open door (yes, I do that), I mutter "school for the gifted" to my self."

There's likely a good reason that you do that. https://www.youtube.com/wat..."


I finally got around to reading The Design of Everyday Things and I thought it was pretty good, although quite outdated. (First published in 1988.)

In my review I contrast the superb design of my Volvo versus the utter shit design of my Mercedes: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Bad design can kill you.


message 29: by Mer (new)

Mer | 170 comments I was training for a lot of hiking in Zimbabwe and had a 1-a-day calendar of Far Side. I tacked every one of them that was African animals related to my office wall as motivation, and that stack of days is still with me.


message 30: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8142 comments Mer wrote: "I was training for a lot of hiking in Zimbabwe and had a 1-a-day calendar of Far Side. I tacked every one of them that was African animals related to my office wall as motivation, and that stack of..."

Do you have photos of your trip online?


message 31: by Mer (new)

Mer | 170 comments @Trike, I dont. There are quite a few of them. I’m sure they’re out there but the url list would be huge. I could scan to my icloud and share but that would be IP infringement. Thoughts?


message 32: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8142 comments Mer wrote: "@Trike, I dont. There are quite a few of them. I’m sure they’re out there but the url list would be huge. I could scan to my icloud and share but that would be IP infringement. Thoughts?"

I meant pics of Zimbabwe, not the Far Side cartoons.


message 33: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6715 comments Mod
But the thread is about the Far Side, not Zimbabwe! :-D


message 34: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3489 comments Mod
It is "The Far Side" of the world.

For most of us ;-)


message 35: by Mer (last edited Sep 24, 2019 08:34PM) (new)

Mer | 170 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "It is "The Far Side" of the world.

For most of us ;-)"


Although the photos from the trip are paper, rolls of film, and in file formats that are no longer convertable, it just occurred to me that I did just do a tech refresh on my iphone. I'll dig out my photos and rephoto some for you.


message 36: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 3489 comments Mod
This is now live. As of the 24th of December.

It is just re-runs of older cartoons, for now. But their is the promise of new material from Gary Larson.

TheFarSide.com offers a deep dive into Gary’s offbeat sense of humor with The Daily Dose, an ever-changing, random selection of cartoons. Comic Collections offer a different themed collection of his classic cartoons updated weekly. You’ll also find exclusive, never-before-seen extras such as sketches straight from Gary’s personal Sketchbooks. And finally, beginning in 2020, and commemorating the fortieth anniversary of The Far Side, we will periodically unveil new work by the man himself! In truth, we really have no idea what might show up. But, on the other hand, what’s changed?

https://www.thefarside.com/

A letter from Gary Larson:
https://www.thefarside.com/about/48/a...


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