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The Far Side is back, sort of

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By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger

It’s been a hot minute since the world has set eyes on the works of cartoonist Gary Larson – over twenty-five, in fact.

CNN reports that the treasured cartoonist is best known for his single-panel The Far Side that ran daily in newspapers beginning in 1980 has published his first new work since retirement in 1995. In those fifteen years, The Far Side went from garnering controversy to becoming one of the most beloved cartoons of its time.

This isn’t what fans of The Far Side are used to seeing in the past though, as Gary has been flexing his arm into the digital world in the past year.

“The "New Stuff" is not the classic pen and ink comics that his followers are familiar with. Larson says on his website that his most recent creations are "the result of my journey into the world of digital art.

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

We’ll gladly take Larson’s style any way we can get it, even if the medium is served up in digital formats to those of us who have missed the illustrator who helped kick off our mornings with coffee in hand and a twisted sense of humor.

Fans are warned — products of his digital rebirth on his website are not a resurrection of The Far Side. However, "The Daily Dose" does feature selections of the classic comics that are updated daily.  

Welcome back, Gary Larson. You’ve been gone far too long.

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