Gary Larson Releases First New FAR SIDE Comics in 25 Years

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2020

"I regret that my fondness for cows, combined with an overactive imagination, may have carried me beyond what is comprehensible to the average Far Side reader".

After launching the website previous year and releasing sketches and classics of the one-frame cartoons on the daily, Gary Larson himself has published three brand new cartoons together with a letter detailing the "new stuff" he's going to be releasing.

In 1995, Larson, "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson and "Bloom County"/"Outland" creator Berkeley Breathed all left the comics pages, leaving readers clamoring for more work from the highly popular artists. The "New Stuff" is not the classic pen and ink comics that his followers are familiar with. Then, this week, for the first time in 25 years, he's unveiled new cartoons.

Larson, who launched his website only previous year, says that in retirement he enjoyed the freedom to cartoon infrequently and without deadlines, and explore other interests.

We're just glad to have you back, Gary, in whatever shape or form that is.

The 69-year-old credits a clogged pen for inspiring his return to the industry. I made a decision to try a digital tablet.

Larson wrote on the site that the latest creations are a result of him "having fun drawing again" after he discovered making cartoons using digital tools. I was stunned at all the tools the thing offered, all the creative potential it contained. "This corner of the website ... is not a resurrection of The Far Side daily cartoons".

The single-panel cartoon first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle before growing to feature in almost 2,000 newspapers and 40 million book, according to CNN.

With his work, Larson has sold 77 million calendars and been translated into more than 17 languages.

Late previous year, Gary Larson suggested we'd soon be seeing some new samples of his famous comic strip, "The Far Side". So while we know Larson isn't planning on bringing back his daily comic strip, maybe he could do it every other day?

You can look at the new cartoons at his website, where he explains why he stopped drawing - and why he started again.

Larson says he wants to remind everyone that he's "just exploring, experimenting, and trying stuff".

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