The Far Side: Classic or D.. well, no, it's just Classic really

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Twisted. Hilarious. Sublime. Genius. Classic. Dontcha think?

Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ehh. Overrated. Funny at times, though. The fact that one of his strips was titled "Punk Porcupines" (instead of the OBVIOUS pun, "Punkupines") always makes me shake my head in existential disdain. (And that hurts, don'tcha know.)

Thumbs up for folks that were truly inspired by him, though - like Mark Parisi's _Off the Mark_, for instance.

David Raposa, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Some real classic stuff, but am I just getting bored of it or has he completely lost it? Every time I look at the Far Side in the Standard these days it seems a pale imitation of former glories.

Nick, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

It IZ past glories, isn't it? Didn't he retire abt ten yrs ago? They're all recycled.

Or is that Bill Watterson?

mark s, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Daver: In the anthology book, Larson frets over his missing the "Punkupines" line. I hope that goes some way to lighten your chiropractic bills after years of existential head-shaking.

Nick: Surely he retired a good few years ago? (Unless Gary decided to jump back into game with renewed vigor and I missed it.) I don't get TFS in the daily paper, but I'd imagine that the papers still running the feature would be re-using older cartoons. Larson also noticed a decline in quality in his later work and decided to call it a day instead of running it into the ground.

Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ah, right, that explains it. Or at least, sorta. I wonder if the Standard what era Larson the Evening Standard is running now? If it's not late ones, then either I've just got bored of them or I'd been too used to seeing best ofs and greetings cards.

Nick, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, he retired, but there are manymanymany shoddy copyists around who all look - at first glance - exackurly like Larson.

Of course Far Side's Classic - and that [short] FS film is genius.

DavidM, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

First off, David Raposa is Sick in Head. Though I admit growing up with TFS and am therefore HEAVILY BIASED IN ITS FAVOR. The upcoming day-by-day calendar is in fact going to be the last one -- makes sense, the well having run completely dry by now. Clever on many levels, a great example of what happens when somebody with the right balance of technical knowledge and misanthropy slams into something good.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sometimes it makes me laugh out loud. Calvin & Hobbes is the only other one in the paper that can do that.

Lyra, Sunday, 19 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
So universally Classic it's Dud, I'm afraid.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 15 September 2003 09:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Makes me chuckle, so i dont mind it!

Pinkpanther (Pinkpanther), Monday, 15 September 2003 09:15 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
Steady, young Andrew!

It does have to be said that there are a lot of Far Side cartoons, and a lot that are classic, but really there's just the Scientists and Ice-cream Van and then there's everything else.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 11 December 2003 17:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
Oddest Photoshop contest I've seen in awhile... Make your own live action versions of classic Far Side cartoons

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 5 March 2004 08:08 (seventeen years ago) link

The Far Side strips with aliens were always cool.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 5 March 2004 08:13 (seventeen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

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now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:12 (one year ago) link

yes!

thefarside.com

was going to say nickn, from my recent reading of these threads, when you link from facebook you should delete the part of the link starting with the question mark before you post it. It doesn't change the link itself, but according to sic it eliminates a tag that is sent to advertisers and other third parties

Dan S, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:26 (one year ago) link

👍as far as I know

Dan S, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:46 (one year ago) link

yes! it's cool and easy to do, and is better for the site you're linking to, & for ILX (though that ship may have long been holed), and means that Facebook are not parasitically stealing money and credit

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:29 (one year ago) link

If you search for 'fbclid' on the addons (firefox) or extensions (chrome) sites, you'll find simple addons that automatically remove parameters like 'fbclid', 'gclid', 'utm_source=' etc

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:39 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

He's back

https://www.thefarside.com/new-stuff

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 21:27 (ten months ago) link

Larson coming back after 25 years with such a groan-worthy gag does my heart good.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 21:44 (ten months ago) link

The alien one is the best

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 21:53 (ten months ago) link

seeing those made me happy for a minute, which is good enough for me

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 22:06 (ten months ago) link

Yes!

calstars, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 22:23 (ten months ago) link

Bears Eating Cub Scouts is kinda perfect

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 22:40 (ten months ago) link

Am I missing the joke there or is it just like a descriptive painting title?

jmm, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 22:42 (ten months ago) link

imo, it's the best kind of inscrutable Far Side silliness where a dumb idea is fully executed and well rendered; of course they eat them at a picnic table and pour honey on their completely clothed, bespectacled chubby bodies.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 22:45 (ten months ago) link

Yeah that one really hits the zone

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 23:55 (ten months ago) link

These are good, but I can only truly appreciate them if I also have my Letterman Top 10 List books sitting next to them on the bookshelf.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 12:21 (ten months ago) link

For me, it'll always be about how Larson nails certain expressions - the bug-eyed stuffed moose and raccoon, the prone boy scout - and also the reserve: like, he could have drawn the bears with the tongues out doing "look at this tasty sandwich" expressions, but instead, it's their lack of joy and intense concentration that makes the cartoon funny (and creepy)

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:01 (ten months ago) link

And this blank stare speaks only of a half-bored interest in food.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 9 July 2020 20:03 (ten months ago) link

Actually, I can see a lot of overlap between the Larson and Herzog view of nature, and Larson is really at his best when he's capturing that sort of mundane, blank-stared cruelty of life.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 9 July 2020 20:09 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Its creator, Gary Larson (no relation!), retired in 1995, after having been syndicated in more than nineteen hundred newspapers and selling more than forty million books. Then he disappeared almost entirely, like a funny-pages Salinger or Pynchon, busying himself with jazz guitar and presumably enjoying life.

Or, I dunno, maybe like a certain noted contemporary who just about the same thing at the same time?

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 July 2020 19:20 (nine months ago) link

Jazz guitar? Uhh

calstars, Saturday, 25 July 2020 19:23 (nine months ago) link

After he retired, Larson studied guitar with Jim Hall.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:03 (nine months ago) link

Who?

calstars, Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:06 (nine months ago) link

Like Bill Watterson, if Bill Watterson had been an NYT-respected literary author, and had worked & retired decades earlier.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:07 (nine months ago) link

https://youtu.be/ZIq5w-NogWA

xp to calstars

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:12 (nine months ago) link

Humbled
Thanks

calstars, Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:53 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

🔥🔥🔥

https://www.thefarside.com/new-stuff/155/frank-dale

lukas, Friday, 30 April 2021 00:25 (one week ago) link

I like the parthenogenesis one

How often does the “new stuff” come out?

calstars, Friday, 30 April 2021 01:07 (one week ago) link

What percentage of Far Side cartoons do you think involve death or imminent death? Twenty percent?

Hideous Lump, Friday, 30 April 2021 04:46 (one week ago) link

Are some of these remakes of classic strips? The one of the bears in the cave telling ghost stories looks awfully familiar. Maybe just a common Larson trope though.

Love Frank & Dale.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 3 May 2021 14:35 (one week ago) link

Is the joke in the Frank & Dale one just that chicken can't fly, or am I missing some deeper meaning?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 07:17 (one week ago) link


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