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Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 17, 2019 11:55AM
Larson's take on our current political state of affairs would be so welcome.

The Far Side could be back from extinction, and the timing's so right



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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 17, 2019 12:05PM
....Far......and Away.....????



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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: raz
Date: September 17, 2019 12:06PM
No!!!!!

My 'Complete Farside' won't be



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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 17, 2019 12:29PM
I've somewhat enjoyed the return of Bloom County, though the publication is really sporadic making the story arcs (a prominent feature of the original iteration) limited and hard to follow. Far Side was one-offs/arc-less which might better suit a casual schedule. I know these top-tier cartoonists chaffed at the tyranny of a publication schedule interfering with their art, but they created an awful lot of good stuff under that external motivation. Notice how many of them, when out from under that pressure simply stop entirely leaving us with only Collectors' Editions to reminisce by.

Then there's Garfield.
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: 3d
Date: September 17, 2019 12:32PM
Geez has it really been 24 years!?
Please let Calvin and Hobbes be next

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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: 3d
Date: September 17, 2019 12:48PM
Hmmm...
"Larson’s publisher did not respond to questions over the nature of the new era – whether the return would be new material, or the digital release of already-published cartoons."
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 17, 2019 01:30PM




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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: September 17, 2019 01:48PM
Far Out!
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: September 17, 2019 01:58PM
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3d
Geez has it really been 24 years!?
Please let Calvin and Hobbes be next


Knowing full well that I'll get poo-poo'd for saying this, I'll say it anyway:

Although he is in no way credited for it, the visual style of Zits, especially the large-format Sunday color editions, is so strongly reminiscent of Watterson's work on Calvin & Hobbes that I've often wondered if he didn't contribute a strip or two on the sly.

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Acer
I've somewhat enjoyed the return of Bloom County, though the publication is really sporadic making the story arcs (a prominent feature of the original iteration) limited and hard to follow. Far Side was one-offs/arc-less which might better suit a casual schedule. I know these top-tier cartoonists chaffed at the tyranny of a publication schedule interfering with their art, but they created an awful lot of good stuff under that external motivation. Notice how many of them, when out from under that pressure simply stop entirely leaving us with only Collectors' Editions to reminisce by.

Then there's Garfield.

And Andy Capp, Blondie, and Peanuts. On at least one of those, not only has the original creator died of old age but the person who was brought in to replace them has subsequently died of old age as well.



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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 17, 2019 02:07PM
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Thrift Store Scott
Although he is in no way credited for it, the visual style of Zits, especially the large-format Sunday color editions, is so strongly reminiscent of Watterson's work on Calvin & Hobbes that I've often wondered if he didn't contribute a strip or two on the sly.

Someone pointed out to me that Zits could be thought of as Calvin in his teenage years. (Though his existential introspection is largely dormant...for now.)



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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: SteveO
Date: September 17, 2019 02:31PM
Tied for my favorite cartoon with C&H. Let this be true!
Peanuts with a close second, for sentimental reasons.
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 17, 2019 02:42PM
My guess is that the archives are coming online with a first-class presentation and tasteful advertising. He probably figured out a good way to make lots more money off of it.



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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 17, 2019 02:50PM
My 'Complete Farside' won't be

I feel your pain.

If there's new material, I'll have to destroy my copy immediately and hope there's a Really Complete Far Side.

Same with my Calvin & Hobbes, which would be the best close second.


My guess is that the archives are coming online with a first-class presentation and tasteful advertising.

If that happened, I'd pay to eliminate the ads, and keep the Far Side Calvin & Hobbes to use as free weights.




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Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
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You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 17, 2019 03:01PM
I think the ads will be along the lines of what you see on PBS - less in your face and tasteful.
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: 3d
Date: September 17, 2019 03:14PM
I'm guessing ad-free.
Leaning more towards it being subscription based.
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: September 17, 2019 03:30PM
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Acer
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Thrift Store Scott
Although he is in no way credited for it, the visual style of Zits, especially the large-format Sunday color editions, is so strongly reminiscent of Watterson's work on Calvin & Hobbes that I've often wondered if he didn't contribute a strip or two on the sly.

Someone pointed out to me that Zits could be thought of as Calvin in his teenage years. (Though his existential introspection is largely dormant...for now.)

True, but as a trade-off his friends Hector and Pierce are pretty clear manifestations of his Super-Ego and Id, so in that respect the inspiration has gone from Kierkegaard and Sartre to Freud, which seems appropriate to a story centered around a hormone-soaked teenager.



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"Political correctness is just intellectual colonialism and psychological fascism for the creation of thought crime" - Steve Hughes

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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 17, 2019 03:55PM
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3d
I'm guessing ad-free.
Leaning more towards it being subscription based.

Yeah, I didn't think of that.
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 18, 2019 01:25AM
True, but as a trade-off his friends Hector and Pierce are pretty clear manifestations of his Super-Ego and Id, so in that respect the inspiration has gone from Kierkegaard and Sartre to Freud, which seems appropriate to a story centered around a hormone-soaked teenager.

I didn't think of that, either, but now that it's been mentioned, it makes perfect sense.




I am that Masked Man.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Please Let This Be True - The Far Side Returns!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 19, 2019 02:55AM
The problem with this is... we currently live in a reality that is stranger than anything Larson ever imagined. I fear his new work might pale in comparison to day-to-day life.



It is what it is.
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