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The Far Side® is back in this much-anticipated three-volume slipcased paperback edition of The Complete Far Side!

“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

Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back as a paperback set with a newly designed slipcase that will delight Far Side fans.

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 Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book.

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 had 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 sagacious thoughts in a foreword, and Larson’s 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 23 books and has been translated into 17 different languages.

Copyright © 2014 by FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side® and Tales from The Far Side® are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.

About the Author

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 named The 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. The October 1994 debut of Larson’s animated film Gary Larson’s Tales from The Far Side® as a prime-time Halloween special on the CBS TV network was named to Time magazine’s Top 10 List for the Best Television of 1994. It 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 Brussels and Venice International Film Festivals.

Copyright © 2014 by FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side® and Tales from The Far Side® are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.

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Peru Editor
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Cartoons are too small
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
I love the Far Side, the cartoons are great, some of the best literary work of the last 50 years. However, this collection makes me furious because somebody decided to be cute with the formatting and leave mostly blank pages. When I first got it my thought was, "Are you... See more
I love the Far Side, the cartoons are great, some of the best literary work of the last 50 years. However, this collection makes me furious because somebody decided to be cute with the formatting and leave mostly blank pages. When I first got it my thought was, "Are you kidding me?" Because every cartoon can be about 25% larger. I''m 43 now and thanks to this collection I''m starting to realize I need glasses. Any cartoon that has hand scrawled print in the frame is nearly impossible to read. But lo and behold, there''s plenty of blank white space surrounding each cartoon! What the heck man! Slap the designer upside the head, I didn''t pay for a book of empty blank space. Come out with a new collection please!
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Matt G.
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I love Larson and owed it to him to buy this, but I suspect the paperback version will get my 5-stars.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2016
This review is for the HARDCOVER version of The Complete Far Side. I am such a fan of Gary Larson. I can honestly say that The Far Side has made my life better, and I''m a firm believer that people should be paid for entertainment, and art... which is why I bought... See more
This review is for the HARDCOVER version of The Complete Far Side.

I am such a fan of Gary Larson. I can honestly say that The Far Side has made my life better, and I''m a firm believer that people should be paid for entertainment, and art... which is why I bought this, even though I''ve bought all the other books, in paperback... over the years. If you''re reading this, I''m not telling you anything you don''t know about the brilliance that is, The Far Side.

Well... so why 4 stars? Why not 5? I''m going to offer some honest opinions that I think will help you decide between this version, The Complete Far Side IN HARDCOVER vs the very same, in paperback.

No need to draw out this review, but depending on who you are buying this for... the WEIGHT is a factor. Wow... 20lbs! Each volume of course, is just under 10lbs. These are books that you set on a table to read... or leave open on a coffee table, or somewhere that a person can leaf through a couple pages briefly. I had no idea they would be so... big! Big is good, but inside, the individual comics have a lot of space around them. These books could have been 3" shorter while keeping the comics the same size... I''d have been thrilled (full 5-stars) if the comics were enlarged to fill more of each page. When I pick up the book I can''t help wondering why I''m lifting 3-4lbs of blank paper. At the spine of the book, I can appreciate a good margin so the comics aren''t draining in, but beyond that, I appreciate a bigger picture (or less book).

My old paperbacks that I''ve bought through the years, as they were released, have sentimental value for me... as they made for a nice break in high-school, but they are starting to smell like old books... and hopefully some charity will appreciate them, so I guess I''ll ALSO be buying the paperback "complete" version... just for a more user-friendly experience. (and "fresh" comics to re-read)

I think The Complete Far Side might very well be the thing that would make me buy a Kindle or similar, if it were available in that format. I bought this from seeing TFS posted online... and realizing that, again, Gary should be paid for his work rather than have it "shared" for free... however, that''s also why the publishers should make a paid version to enjoy TFS on a tablet.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Must-Have For Larson Fans
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2017
If you''re a Gary Larson fan, this is a must-have collection of all of his work. The hard cover edition is beautiful, but it weighs a ton. Definitely solely a coffee table item or for keeping as a collector''s item. The paperback edition is no lightweight either, but it can... See more
If you''re a Gary Larson fan, this is a must-have collection of all of his work. The hard cover edition is beautiful, but it weighs a ton. Definitely solely a coffee table item or for keeping as a collector''s item. The paperback edition is no lightweight either, but it can be held and read without too much effort. Not as "glorious" as the hard cover, but it''s beautiful in its own right and, most importantly, also contains all of Larson''s work, many in color, most in b&w, as originally printed back in the day.

If you love The Far Side, this is for you. Makes a great gift for Larson fans. Either edition is worth owning, they''re both put together well and will provide years of enjoyment and laughter.

I LOVE The Far Side and was so happy when I stumbled across this. I just HAD to have it. When the hard cover proved to be too much to read while relaxing in my favorite chair, I went ahead and bought the paperback, too. I can''t think of any other work for which I''d spring for two editions. I like Gary Larson that much :)
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Julz
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Outstanding Quality - Hardcover Version
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
The quality of this hardcover set is amazing! I read the reviews of how heavy this is, but you don''t realize just how heavy until you try to hold it on your lap. You need a pillow or lap desk to hold it''s weight. This set is for people who truly appreciate quality, and the... See more
The quality of this hardcover set is amazing! I read the reviews of how heavy this is, but you don''t realize just how heavy until you try to hold it on your lap. You need a pillow or lap desk to hold it''s weight. This set is for people who truly appreciate quality, and the quality of this far exceeds the cost. Of course The Far Side itself needs no explanation; it''s brilliant.
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fionab
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Hours and hours of side-splitting laughter awaits you!
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
Can''t go wrong with Far Side cartoons. My only wish is that the cartoons would have been bigger on the pages, as in when they published the single books. It is funny to read the letters that are inserted within the pages of each book, as Gary Larson or the papers that... See more
Can''t go wrong with Far Side cartoons. My only wish is that the cartoons would have been bigger on the pages, as in when they published the single books. It is funny to read the letters that are inserted within the pages of each book, as Gary Larson or the papers that carried his cartoons received many letters. It really does make you realize that truth is stranger than fiction when you read these letters from very upset people who are either offended, don''t get the joke he was trying to make, or in one case the writer of the letter wanted him to withdraw the cartoon because it undermined the evolutionist''s theory of how life evolved! His mother got a phone call from a reporter over a cartoon that no one seemed to understand and so they thought if anyone knew what Gary was trying to say, mom would know. Sadly, mom didn''t get the joke either so Gary had to give a big explanation as to what was going through his mind when he drew it. Can''t make this stuff up! This is a great present (I got it for my birthday). I''m having to purposely only allow myself so many pages of amusement at a time as I could sit there for hours, having a good laugh.
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B. Looney
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fantastic set of Larson''s drawings!
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2018
I received this from my Wife & Daughter for Christmas, fantastic gift and greatly appreciated! I''ve always been a fan of Larson''s work, just too funny! This is a heavy set of books but it is the complete works so go figure. Once I make my way through the whole... See more
I received this from my Wife & Daughter for Christmas, fantastic gift and greatly appreciated! I''ve always been a fan of Larson''s work, just too funny!

This is a heavy set of books but it is the complete works so go figure. Once I make my way through the whole collection I will repeat the process, probably many times!

I''ve already seen quite a number of his drawings that I never saw before, great stuff.
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Mrs.T
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Hardcover Review
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
We purchased the Hardcover set of these books. The set weighs in at 20 lbs and the two books are boxed and beautifully bound. The Box Set as a whole measures 10 1/8” x 14 1/8” x 4”. I’m giving these dimensions so you know just how large these books are. Each book... See more
We purchased the Hardcover set of these books. The set weighs in at 20 lbs and the two books are boxed and beautifully bound. The Box Set as a whole measures 10 1/8” x 14 1/8” x 4”. I’m giving these dimensions so you know just how large these books are.

Each book is quite a lap full when you’re reading them, but I didn’t have any difficulty in reading or turning the pages. If weight and size is an concern, you might want to stick with the paperback set. I have several of the individual paperback versions I’d purchased years ago...but owning the complete hardcover set so beautifully done, I feel like a kid at Christmas and I can’t stop smiling. One side note about the box set is the box the books set in has two large illustrations, one on either side of the box. Just really well done.

They ship the set alone in a large box with a few bubble bags. The shipping box and the box set arrived with no damaged at all.
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Robert Bolton
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One of the Best Cartoon Strips Ever Created
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2015
I have long been a fan of the Far Side, but I was always disappointed by the fact Gary Larson''s humor was spread out across multiple volumes, and that even if you were willing to purchase all of those books, there was no guarantee you had every one of his cartoons. When the... See more
I have long been a fan of the Far Side, but I was always disappointed by the fact Gary Larson''s humor was spread out across multiple volumes, and that even if you were willing to purchase all of those books, there was no guarantee you had every one of his cartoons. When the complete collection came out in hardback, I was sorely tempted to purchase it, but its high price and my college student-sized budget deterred me from placing an order. Now that I have graduated and it is available in paperback for half the price, I readily shelled out my money for a copy.

To be clear, this is an edition well worth its cost. Even though in paperback, the binding is firm and the cartoons are printed on a high quality, glossy paper. It also comes with a nice slipcase to fit the volumes in. There are three volumes in total: the first volume covers the cartoon''s first strips in 1980 through 1984, the second is from 1984 to 1988, and the final third covers 1988 to the series'' conclusion in 1994. Each volume is approximately four hundred pages in length. Needless to say, the strips are printed in chronological order, typically three or four to a page. Each year is also divided by a little essay by Larson explaining the evolution of a particular drawing or telling a humorous story relating to his craft. Because I have seen only a few interviews by him, I felt this gave the book a personal sense of the author. Also, in the earliest strips Larson would frequently draw in black-and-white (with the occasional color Sunday strip), but as time went on the cartoons increasingly became color almost every day.

As for the cartoons themselves, it is nice to finally have an official complete version. Often on the Internet there are cartoons that are visually similar to Larson and claim him as their progenitor, but if you do not see it in this book, then it is safe to assume it is a fake. The same goes for some of the cartoons that have altered coloring to try and escape copyright enforcement by Mr. Larson''s attorneys. The humor of Mr. Larson is obviously somewhat "far out" and has probably warped my own worldview, but there were many occasions in these books when I found myself laughing out loud. Mr. Larson does not aim for the lowest common denominator, so while some cartoons'' punchlines are immediately understandable, a few leave you saying, "What the...?" for a few moments before figuring it out. On one or two rare occasions, I simply had to admit defeat and move on to the next one. Fortunately, however, those occasions are rare and Mr. Larson actually includes little explanations (and sometimes hate mail) for some of his most challenging pieces. As a side note, while Mr. Larson''s humor is bizarre, I think these are actually good books for children. Mr. Larson respects his audience and uses relatively advanced scientific and historical topics as the basis for jokes on some occasions, and he avoids any vulgarity (it is a newspaper comic, after all) that would worry parents of younger kids. Most of the cartoons match the size of the originals, but a few are very slightly smaller. As a final note, the forward mentions there are over four thousand strips in this book, and you would expect the editors to have missed a few. Apparently, however, they are all there except for a few small pieces from Larson''s collection Wiener Dog Art.

If you are looking to interest a young person in cartooning, or simply looking to find a nice gift for a close friend, this is an excellent collection to buy that will guarantee its reader hours of laughs.
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Jimmy Jazz
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The publisher''s C curse
Reviewed in Germany on November 29, 2018
Was war größer, die Enttäuschung als ich Weihnachten 1920 kein Dreirad erhielt oder das Öffnen des Päckchens mit "the complete far side" ? Als ich den Karton mit den drei schweren Bänden eingeschweißt in den Händen hielt, eingeschweißt in Plastik, da war noch Freude...See more
Was war größer, die Enttäuschung als ich Weihnachten 1920 kein Dreirad erhielt oder das Öffnen des Päckchens mit "the complete far side" ? Als ich den Karton mit den drei schweren Bänden eingeschweißt in den Händen hielt, eingeschweißt in Plastik, da war noch Freude vorhanden. Auch als die Rasierklinge sanft durch die Folie glitt, war noch alles in Ordnung. Dann nahm das Verhängnis seinen Lauf: Ich konnte einfach nicht widerstehen und öffnete das erste Buch und es war um mich geschehen. Ich traute meinen Augen nicht. Zuerst dachte ich, ich hätte getrunken, dann wünschte ich, ich hätte getrunken. Seite für Seite extra viel freie Fläche und wenig Humor. Zuviel Humor ist ja auch nicht immer gut, aber in einem Bildband mit Cartoons sind nunmal die Bilder die Hauptsache und nicht der weiße Rahmen. Vielleicht ist die Gewerkschaft Schuld, die eine Mindestrahmen Größe fordert bei Humor? Vielleicht ist der Drucker, der Junge aus dem Cartoon, der vergeblich versucht, die Tür zu öffnen und der inzwischen erfolgreich Drucker geworden ist? Vielleicht. Jedem, der die schmalen alten Far Side Ausgaben kennt, kann ich nur ans Herz legen: Finger weg. Durch die sinnfreie Platzverschwendung für leeren Raum, sind die Drucke zu klein geraten und Details gehen verloren. Sicher, ich kann parallel in den alten Hefte nachschlagen, um zu sehen, wohin die Figuren schauen. Auch kann ich eine Lupe rausholen und vergrößern, ja. Aber ich will das einfach nur lesen. Auch war es keine gute Idee Hochglanz zu nehmen, weil das stark reflektiert. Eigentlich hätte man dem Verleger diese Ausgabe auf die Füße werfen müssen, weil diese Ausgabe ist Körperverletzung. Das alles hätte ich mir aber auch sparen können, weil in der amerikanischen Version von Amazon gibt es einige Rezensionen, die auf genau diese Mängel hinweisen. Ich vermute, all die sehr guten Rezensionen hier sind von Leuten, die nicht wissen, dass der Witz die 4 kleinen Bilder sind und nicht der weiße Rahmen außen herum. Aber wer''s nicht glaubt, einfach bestellen, den Kopf schütteln und dann return to sender. Gucken kostet ja nichts. Vielleicht merkt der Verleger dann doch noch was und entschuldigt sich in einer Neuauflage für den Scheiß.
Was war größer, die Enttäuschung als ich Weihnachten 1920 kein Dreirad erhielt oder das Öffnen des Päckchens mit "the complete far side" ? Als ich den Karton mit den drei schweren Bänden eingeschweißt in den Händen hielt, eingeschweißt in Plastik, da war noch Freude vorhanden. Auch als die Rasierklinge sanft durch die Folie glitt, war noch alles in Ordnung. Dann nahm das Verhängnis seinen Lauf: Ich konnte einfach nicht widerstehen und öffnete das erste Buch und es war um mich geschehen. Ich traute meinen Augen nicht. Zuerst dachte ich, ich hätte getrunken, dann wünschte ich, ich hätte getrunken. Seite für Seite extra viel freie Fläche und wenig Humor. Zuviel Humor ist ja auch nicht immer gut, aber in einem Bildband mit Cartoons sind nunmal die Bilder die Hauptsache und nicht der weiße Rahmen. Vielleicht ist die Gewerkschaft Schuld, die eine Mindestrahmen Größe fordert bei Humor? Vielleicht ist der Drucker, der Junge aus dem Cartoon, der vergeblich versucht, die Tür zu öffnen und der inzwischen erfolgreich Drucker geworden ist? Vielleicht. Jedem, der die schmalen alten Far Side Ausgaben kennt, kann ich nur ans Herz legen: Finger weg.
Durch die sinnfreie Platzverschwendung für leeren Raum, sind die Drucke zu klein geraten und Details gehen verloren. Sicher, ich kann parallel in den alten Hefte nachschlagen, um zu sehen, wohin die Figuren schauen. Auch kann ich eine Lupe rausholen und vergrößern, ja. Aber ich will das einfach nur lesen. Auch war es keine gute Idee Hochglanz zu nehmen, weil das stark reflektiert.
Eigentlich hätte man dem Verleger diese Ausgabe auf die Füße werfen müssen, weil diese Ausgabe ist Körperverletzung. Das alles hätte ich mir aber auch sparen können, weil in der amerikanischen Version von Amazon gibt es einige Rezensionen, die auf genau diese Mängel hinweisen. Ich vermute, all die sehr guten Rezensionen hier sind von Leuten, die nicht wissen, dass der Witz die 4 kleinen Bilder sind und nicht der weiße Rahmen außen herum.
Aber wer''s nicht glaubt, einfach bestellen, den Kopf schütteln und dann return to sender. Gucken kostet ja nichts. Vielleicht merkt der Verleger dann doch noch was und entschuldigt sich in einer Neuauflage für den Scheiß.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Far out
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2019
This review is for the hard cover edition. I won''t critique the quality of the individual cartoons contained in this book as anyone looking to purchase it will have an idea of the genius that is Gary Larson. Despite their age, the humour in the single panel comic strips...See more
This review is for the hard cover edition. I won''t critique the quality of the individual cartoons contained in this book as anyone looking to purchase it will have an idea of the genius that is Gary Larson. Despite their age, the humour in the single panel comic strips still holds up well today and this collection is great for dipping in and out of when you need to have a break from the mundane and take a trip to the far-side. The books are very comprehensive containing all the cartoons published under the far side name and is printed on high quality stock. The cartoons are well presented and coloured sensitively or left in their original monochrome. If you can get it at the right price, then this 2-book edition is a nice object to own. I have a few issues with the books that should reduce my rating slightly, but won''t because the collection is so comprehensive. Each of the 2 hardback books are heavy. Carrying round both books in the solid slip-case make things worse. For those of you with a bad back, the 3 book paperback version should be a little more user friendly. Although billed as "the complete", it is missing a few things such as - The "Weiner dog art" insert from the small book/collection with the same name. - The "curse of Madame C" strip from the small book with the same name. - The Lightbulb/music stand gag (dedication to the authors father) from "last chapter and worse" - The dedication to the artists brother from "The Far Side Gallery 5" - Images of the covers and unique artwork from the original paperback books (such as the cover from "Night of the crash test dummies" or the "Portrait" artwork from the "far-side gallery 3" I also noticed that one or two captions have been changed. For example, the "Orangutan in the guitar shop" cartoon in this collection is different to the one used in the UK edition of "last chapter and worse". None of these issues are the end of the world as the missing content is easily available in the original paperback collections. These books can be easily and inexpensively obtained on the second hand market. It would also have been nice to include some non-syndicated but very far-side content such as - The time magazine cover - The complete "Natures Way" comics (the pre-cursor to the far-side) - The "doggin around" LP cover So overall this is a very nice object to own with a comprehensive set of great content and despite some minor complaints about what could have been included I would thoroughly recommend. One word of caution is that the 3 book paperback re-issue is more user friendly and will fit most peoples budgets now that the hard back version is out of print and getting expensive.
This review is for the hard cover edition.

I won''t critique the quality of the individual cartoons contained in this book as anyone looking to purchase it will have an idea of the genius that is Gary Larson.
Despite their age, the humour in the single panel comic strips still holds up well today and this collection is great for dipping in and out of when you need to have a break from the mundane and take a trip to the far-side.

The books are very comprehensive containing all the cartoons published under the far side name and is printed on high quality stock.
The cartoons are well presented and coloured sensitively or left in their original monochrome.
If you can get it at the right price, then this 2-book edition is a nice object to own.

I have a few issues with the books that should reduce my rating slightly, but won''t because the collection is so comprehensive.

Each of the 2 hardback books are heavy. Carrying round both books in the solid slip-case make things worse. For those of you with a bad back, the 3 book paperback version should be a little more user friendly.

Although billed as "the complete", it is missing a few things such as
- The "Weiner dog art" insert from the small book/collection with the same name.
- The "curse of Madame C" strip from the small book with the same name.
- The Lightbulb/music stand gag (dedication to the authors father) from "last chapter and worse"
- The dedication to the artists brother from "The Far Side Gallery 5"
- Images of the covers and unique artwork from the original paperback books (such as the cover from "Night of the crash test dummies" or the "Portrait" artwork from the "far-side gallery 3"

I also noticed that one or two captions have been changed. For example, the "Orangutan in the guitar shop" cartoon in this collection is different to the one used in the UK edition of "last chapter and worse".

None of these issues are the end of the world as the missing content is easily available in the original paperback collections. These books can be easily and inexpensively obtained on the second hand market.

It would also have been nice to include some non-syndicated but very far-side content such as
- The time magazine cover
- The complete "Natures Way" comics (the pre-cursor to the far-side)
- The "doggin around" LP cover

So overall this is a very nice object to own with a comprehensive set of great content and despite some minor complaints about what could have been included I would thoroughly recommend.

One word of caution is that the 3 book paperback re-issue is more user friendly and will fit most peoples budgets now that the hard back version is out of print and getting expensive.
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S. Howes
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A must for all fans.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2017
As a big fan of Gary Larson''s creative output, I have considered buying these books for a very long time, but was waiting for the right price/occasion to justify the expenditure. That price (in fact a very good price indeed) arrived upon my retirement; how on earth could I...See more
As a big fan of Gary Larson''s creative output, I have considered buying these books for a very long time, but was waiting for the right price/occasion to justify the expenditure. That price (in fact a very good price indeed) arrived upon my retirement; how on earth could I resist? Well clearly I couldn''t and I am very glad I didn''t. To have the Farside chronologically laid out on quality paper, some in colour, is a delight. The individual paperback volumes of the Farside that were produced before the Complete Far Side are black & white and on low(er) quality paper, which never did justice to the Far Side. That injustice is now resolved in my home with the arrival of these hardback volumes. Delighted with this purchase, which will provide many hours of enjoyment in the future. There is only one negative, they are very, very heavy.
As a big fan of Gary Larson''s creative output, I have considered buying these books for a very long time, but was waiting for the right price/occasion to justify the expenditure. That price (in fact a very good price indeed) arrived upon my retirement; how on earth could I resist? Well clearly I couldn''t and I am very glad I didn''t.
To have the Farside chronologically laid out on quality paper, some in colour, is a delight. The individual paperback volumes of the Farside that were produced before the Complete Far Side are black & white and on low(er) quality paper, which never did justice to the Far Side. That injustice is now resolved in my home with the arrival of these hardback volumes. Delighted with this purchase, which will provide many hours of enjoyment in the future. There is only one negative, they are very, very heavy.
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Anomnomnomaly
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The funniest cartoons ever created
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 9, 2021
I first became aware of Gary Larson in the early 90s and read many of his books, swapping with friends who had other books. So to get the entire collection in one set is just perfect for me. It doesn''t matter that I''ve read about 60% of them already, nor that I own several...See more
I first became aware of Gary Larson in the early 90s and read many of his books, swapping with friends who had other books. So to get the entire collection in one set is just perfect for me. It doesn''t matter that I''ve read about 60% of them already, nor that I own several collections released in the 90s. This is essential for any fan as it includes some previously unreleased cartoons not seen since their original publication 30 or more years ago. Now if only some one would release the entire Beau Peep cartoon collection that I remember reading in a newspaper and some books of my dad''s back in the 80s as a kid.
I first became aware of Gary Larson in the early 90s and read many of his books, swapping with friends who had other books.

So to get the entire collection in one set is just perfect for me. It doesn''t matter that I''ve read about 60% of them already, nor that I own several collections released in the 90s.

This is essential for any fan as it includes some previously unreleased cartoons not seen since their original publication 30 or more years ago.

Now if only some one would release the entire Beau Peep cartoon collection that I remember reading in a newspaper and some books of my dad''s back in the 80s as a kid.
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Michael Smith
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The Far & Way Above Side actually....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2014
I received at least 3 copies of The Far Side Calendar as Xmas Gifts for about 8 years. I was already giggling in anticipation of getting this Monster (Heavyweight) Collection delivered. People who buy this are probably devout Larson fans, and know (or think they do) how...See more
I received at least 3 copies of The Far Side Calendar as Xmas Gifts for about 8 years. I was already giggling in anticipation of getting this Monster (Heavyweight) Collection delivered. People who buy this are probably devout Larson fans, and know (or think they do) how Larson''s mind works. For most people, I''d say THEIR minds work just like my own and Gary''s as well. For those who AREN''T familiar with it, you had better beware ! Little shakes of the head - in response to Gary''s lunacy, suppressed giggles at the sudden realisation of what the Cartoon is portraying, and great guffaws when his well-known characters present a still-life image of a moment in time, a well-known phrase or a situation in life that perhaps you''d never even considered. The pictures say it all, and if there IS a caption to go with it, it is usually unnecessary. It is pure genius... loaded with sarcasm, severe intelligence and something for everyone !! Gary is a Cartoon Master of Human (and Monster) expressions. It adds the subtle touch that sets off your chuckle muscles. I don''t have ONE favourite... but the Lady with a Basket of Eggs looking oddly at..... (no I won''t spoil it)
I received at least 3 copies of The Far Side Calendar as Xmas Gifts for about 8 years. I was already giggling in anticipation of getting this Monster (Heavyweight) Collection delivered.

People who buy this are probably devout Larson fans, and know (or think they do) how Larson''s mind works. For most people, I''d say THEIR minds work just like my own and Gary''s as well. For those who AREN''T familiar with it, you had better beware ! Little shakes of the head - in response to Gary''s lunacy, suppressed giggles at the sudden realisation of what the Cartoon is portraying, and great guffaws when his well-known characters present a still-life image of a moment in time, a well-known phrase or a situation in life that perhaps you''d never even considered. The pictures say it all, and if there IS a caption to go with it, it is usually unnecessary.

It is pure genius... loaded with sarcasm, severe intelligence and something for everyone !! Gary is a Cartoon Master of Human (and Monster) expressions. It adds the subtle touch that sets off your chuckle muscles.

I don''t have ONE favourite... but the Lady with a Basket of Eggs looking oddly at..... (no I won''t spoil it)
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