Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most “What the .. ?” inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the worlds comics pages until Gary Larsons retirement in 1994. The Complete Far Side celebrates Garys twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book, a lavish production which takes its place alongside collectors edition art books.
A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated, over 4,000 if you must know,presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that have never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his pithy thoughts in a foreword, and Gary Larsons former editor describes what it was like to be “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”
During its 14 year run, The Far Side was syndicated internationally to over 1,900 daily newspapers. It spawned 22 books and has been translated into a total of 17 different languages.
Whats Included In This Collection:
The Complete Far Side: 1980-1994
The Far Side Gallery 1 to 5
The Curse of Madame “C” (A Far Side Collection)
Last Chapter and Worse
Witness the rarely seen animated TV specials Tales From The Far Side and Tales From The Far Side II, which originally aired in 1994 and 1997 (only once each, per contract). Two surreal, mostly wordless anthologies that straddle the line between comedy and horror, and bring to gorgeous animated life Gary Larson’s bizarre “Far Side” world.
Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side I and II
These highly acclaimed animated short films, until now only available on VHS, have attained cult-film status and have been sought after by Larson fans and collectors for years since their original television and film festival screenings and home video releases. At long last, fans both old and new can enjoy Gary Larson’s Tales From The Far Side and Tales From The Far Side II films together on one DVD!
Gary Larson’s Tales From The Far Side and Tales From The Far Side II take you on a journey through the unique landscape of the comically scientific and strangely ironic musings of the ever-so-slightly twisted mind of Gary Larson, the creator of the renowned syndicated cartoon The Far Side.
A 22-minute version of the award-winning Tales From The Far Side debuted as a Halloween special on CBS in 1994 and then disappeared while Larson worked on the sequel. The 45-minute Tales II was completed in 1997. An official selection for numerous film festivals and broadcast in the U.K. on BBC, Tales II was never seen on U.S. television. In 1999, Larson himself re-edited the full (30-minute) version of Tales I and, until now, both films have been available only on VHS.
Both films are a collection of animated vignettes created almost exclusively by hand (drawn, inked, and painted) in traditional cel animation technique by the talented artists and animators at International Rocketship, a Canadian animation studio under the direction of Marv Newland (Bambi Meets Godzilla). With minor exceptions, these are dialogue-free vignettes (12 in Tales I and 16 in Tales II), segueing from one little world to another and range in duration from several seconds to several minutes. The usual panoply of Far Side characters – cavemen, cowboys, time-travelers, headhunters, insects, amoebae, wolves, gorillas, dinosaurs, hunters, beer-guzzling aliens, insolent cats, mad farmer scientists, and, of course, cows – are all here.