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The Complete Far Side Paperback – November 25, 2014
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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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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.
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 :)
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.