The Complete Far Side: 1980-1994 (Hardcover)

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The Far Side was syndicated in more than 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Gary Larson retired. During its run, the cartoon spawned 22 books from AMP, which were translated into a total of 17 different languages. For his work with The Far Side, Larson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist from the National Cartoonists Society in 1991 and 1994. The group also named The Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987.
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"Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I 'jotted' them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, that it struck me: Hey! Someone's been reading my diary!" --Gary Larson, from the preface to The Complete Far Side
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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 world's comics pages until Gary Larson's retirement in 1994.The Complete Far Side celebrates Gary's twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimateFar Side book, a lavish production which takes its place alongside collector's-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 additionalFar Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the lastFar Side book, Last Chapter and Worse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in theNew York Times Science Times section as The Far Side of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind ofThe 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 Larson's former editor describes what it was like to be "the guy who could explain everyFar 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.

For his work with The Far Side, Gary Larson received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in both 1991 and 1994. The National Cartoonists Society also namedThe Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in 1985 and 1987. In 1993, The Far Side was awarded the Max and Moritz Prize for Best International Comic Strip/Panel by the International Comics Salon. In 1995, Larson's animated filmGary Larson's Tales from The Far Side won the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Festival in Annecy, France. His second animated film,Gary Larson's Tales from The Far Side II, premiered in 1997 in the United States at the Telluride Film Festival and in Europe at the Venice International Film Festival.

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ISBN 9780740721137
Genre HUMOR / General
Format Hardcover
Pages 1272
Publisher Date 2003-09-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Andrews McMeel Pub
Copyright Year 2003
Height 16.0 in
Wdth 10.5 in
Thickness 4.25 in
Unit weight 19.5 lb
Language English
Subtitle 1980-1994
Volume Number 2
Audience General/trade
Authors Larson, Gary
Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0

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    Wonderful product came in lousy beaten up packaging. Product was substantial enough not to be damaged but that was a miracle.

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    If you are a Far Side fan, you will love this book. It IS heavy but it contains lots of laughter so doesn't that make it light?

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    My husband loved this as a gift!! He pulls them out to look at from time to time... they are very heavy though.

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    Consistent with other reviews, this two volume set is very heavy and well bound. The images are excellent, and it is easy to become immersed in the cartoons! I love this Far Side collection not only for current use but as a book we will have in our family for the years to come. If you are a fan of Far Side, you'll love it!!

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      My family really enjoys Gary Larsen's sense of humor and the grandkids are now addicted.

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      Gift for my husband, who loves Farside

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    "The description says "Volume 2", does that mean this is both volumes, or only 2 of 2? Thanks!"

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      Hello wizawuza, this is both volumes, unfortunately this item is out of stock. We currently do not have inventory to check, and cannot guarantee the item will be restocked. Thank you for shopping with us.

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