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Posted: 1/29/2011 4:12:42 PM EDT
Gary Larson. Comics today suck.




And yes Far Side will always be better than Calvin and Hobbes.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 4:22:37 PM EDT
Agreed.
Loved Far Side. I have a pile of the books.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 4:23:33 PM EDT
Different types of humor. I love them both.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 4:25:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2011 4:34:54 PM EDT by CouncilOfDave]
The Far Side is my favorite comic of all time.

I really, really miss it.

While I don't think it's better than Calvin and Hobbes, as it was exceptional as well, Gary Larson is great because of the unique and clever style all his own.

ETA - I also grew up in a house that labeled the cans of pet food "Cat Fud", and "Dog Fud".


Link Posted: 1/29/2011 4:32:33 PM EDT
The Far Side was excellent. Whole bunch of imitators out there today that aren't even close...
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 4:48:38 PM EDT
I love The Far Side. I also still read Garfield & Beetle Bailey too, although Garfield isn't as good as it used to be.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:03:01 PM EDT
Calvin rocks ! ! ! !

Serious, My sister loved Far Side and I loved Calvin & Hobbes. used to exchange books for the holidays.


Nothing comes close these days..........


Too sad
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:05:23 PM EDT
There is a second runner up to The Far Side.

Loose Parts
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:07:35 PM EDT
For some reason I had hopes this was going to be an unarmed photo expedition to northern Indiana thread.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:10:00 PM EDT
Berke
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:19:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CarbineDad:
Berke


Is a flaming libtard.

Plus, he's no longer doing "Bloom County", and is off on that bizarre "Outland" or whatever the hell it is. If he's even still working, I don't even know.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:43:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2011 5:44:15 PM EDT by futuremodal]

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:
There is a second runner up to The Far Side.

Loose Parts


I want the last minute and a half of my life back.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:46:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 03Vet:
Gary Larson. Comics today suck.

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/9819/cowtools.jpg


And yes Far Side will always be better than Calvin and Hobbes.


You know something? This ^^ is the first Larson comic I don't get.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:48:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2011 5:48:52 PM EDT by Greenhorn]
Originally Posted By futuremodal:

Originally Posted By 03Vet:
Gary Larson. Comics today suck.

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/9819/cowtools.jpg


And yes Far Side will always be better than Calvin and Hobbes.


You know something? This ^^ is the first Larson comic I don't get.


What's not to get? If cows had tools they'd look like that, because cows are stupid.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:50:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:
There is a second runner up to The Far Side.

Loose Parts

he's definitely trying to do a far side impression.

Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:51:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Originally Posted By futuremodal:

Originally Posted By 03Vet:
Gary Larson. Comics today suck.

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/9819/cowtools.jpg


And yes Far Side will always be better than Calvin and Hobbes.


You know something? This ^^ is the first Larson comic I don't get.


What's not to get? If cows had tools they'd look like that, because cows are stupid.

I'm not sure about the comic, either, but that reply made my head full of fuck.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:57:22 PM EDT


Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:59:04 PM EDT
I happened to be at the Smithsonian in D.C. when they were showcasing Larson's work quite some time ago. It was very crowded and everybody was getting jostled a bit but all were in such a pleasant mood it didn't matter much. A good time was had by all.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 5:59:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 6:02:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By N1Rampage:

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Originally Posted By futuremodal:

Originally Posted By 03Vet:
Gary Larson. Comics today suck.

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/9819/cowtools.jpg


And yes Far Side will always be better than Calvin and Hobbes.


You know something? This ^^ is the first Larson comic I don't get.


What's not to get? If cows had tools they'd look like that, because cows are stupid.

I'm not sure about the comic, either, but that reply made my head full of fuck.


That is the meaning of the comic. Here's Larson's own words:

Cows, as some Far Side readers know, are a favorite subject of mine. I've always found them to be the quintessentially absurd animal for situations even more absurd. Even the name "cow," to me, is intrinsically funny.
And so one day I started thinking back on an anthropology course I had in college and how we learned that man used to be defined as "the only animal that made and shaped tools." Unfortunately, researchers discovered that certain primates and even some bird species did the same thing - so the definition had to be extended somewhat to avoid awkward situations such as someone hiring a crew of chimpanzees to remodel their kitchen.
Inevitably, I began thinking about cows, and what if they, too, were discovered as toolmakers. What would they make? Primitive tools are always, well, primitive-looking - appearing rather nondescript to the lay person. So, it seemed to me, whatever a COW would make would have to be even a couple notches further down the "skill-o-meter."
I imagined, and subsequently drew, a cow standing next to her workbench, proudly displaying her handiwork (hoofiwork?). The "cow tools" were supposed to be just meaningless artifacts - only the cow or a cowthropologist is supposed to know what they're used for.
The first mistake I made was in thinking this was funny. The second was making one of the tools resemble a crude handsaw - which made already confused people decide that their only hope in understanding the cartoon meant deciphering what the OTHER tools were as well. Of course, they didn't have a chance in hell.
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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:00:37 PM EDT
The Far Side even contributed to actual science

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thagomizer
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:07:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:08:22 PM EDT
Far Side is my favorite comic.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:17:17 PM EDT
Went to school with him. Very, very normal kinda guy. But then again, I seem normal, too. Seem is such a vague word.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:21:12 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:39:43 PM EDT
I have big stacks of both Calvin and Hobbes as well as The Far Side.



Pearls before Swine is my current favorite comic, though, I get a desk calender every year

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:14:48 PM EDT
Never understood why he just stopped.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:35:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SFENDER:
Never understood why he just stopped.


He believed in quality, and didn't want to keep pumping out comics when he knew that he was losing ideas.
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