Far Side Fans: Now is the time. You’ve waited patiently for decades, but now all your favorite comic strips are back in a brand new way… on the web!
While that may seem like no big deal in age age of endless digital content, the fact is that for many years these staples of print publications across the nation have been patiently waiting to be re-shared and rediscovered by generations young and old.
Cartoonist Gary Larson, who penned the now infamous illustrations from 1980 to 1995, held back for years due to concerns over where his “children” would end up on the world wide web. Back in 1999 in the internet’s infancy, Larson released a letter to folks asking them not to post his work on the web.
“…Please, please refrain from putting The Far Side out on the Internet. These cartoons are my “children,” of sorts, and like a parent, I’m concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone’s web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, “Uh, Dad, you’re not going to like this much, but guess where I am.”
However recently, Larson has had a change of heart, deciding to create an online home for his “children” to play. As we first reported a few months back, the previously print-only-panel will now have a new digital home over at TheFarSide.com.
In a letter posted to the site by Larson, he outlines his decision and reveals details behind the new site and what visitors can expect to see over the next few weeks and months.
“Truthfully, I still have some ambivalence about officially entering the online world — I previously equated it to a rabbit hole, although “black hole” sometimes seems more apropos — but my change of heart on this has been due not only to some evolution in my own thinking, but also in two areas I’ve always cared about when it comes to this computer/Internet “stuff”: security and graphics.”
For Larson, the advances is digital graphics over the years as well as having methods in-place to thwart copywrite infringement, he now is (cautiously) wading into the waters of online content with promises of even more material to come.
In addition, the site promises “behind the scenes” looks at sketches and more that have never before been released. That’s of course in addition to the over 15 years of panels we all know and love that will be curated in collections that will update weekly, along with daily selections picked by the man himself — and likely a few interns no doubt.
Fans have already jumped into the comments with joy and celebration.There’s also an online shop where all the classic collections can be found along with a few other Far Side gems for diehard fans.
Check it all out here.