10 thoughts on “The Far Side Gallery 5

  1. says:

    The Final Collection30 December 2018 Adelaide Well, I believe that this is the last of the collections, namely because Larson retired after 15 years I guess that was probably a good move because, as he said, he really didn t want to end up in the realm of the mediocre cartoon graveyard I can sort of appreciate that, but as I have mentioned previously, apparently he really doesn t appreciate his cartoons being shared around the internet, though when you do receive a takedown notice they don t The Final Collection30 December 2018 Adelaide Well, I believe that this is the last of the collections, namely because Larson retired after 15 years I guess that was probably a good move because, as he said, he really didn t want to end up in the realm of the mediocre cartoon graveyard I can sort of appreciate that, but as I have mentioned previously, apparently he really doesn t appreciate his cartoons being shared around the internet, though when you do receive a takedown notice they don t tend to be as mean and nasty as some writers tend to send with the claims that they are starving and what not I guess the problem with that is that while back in the day, when we would eagerly open the newspapers to the comic section to see what new and wonderful cartoon had appeared there, these days it just feels as if people simply don t remember them anyIn fact, the current crop of university students was born some time after The Far Side stopped appearing in the newspapers, and in a way are probably seen as the things that their parents read and we all know how kids feels about the things that their parents did, you know simply not hip or cool It is a bit of a shame though because it means that these days, despite what people claimed back then, Larson has unfortunately been consigned to the dustbin of history In fact, I had completely forgotten about him until I appeared at my friend s house and discovered a number of his works sitting on his bookshelf though I haven t seen the third gallery, and I m not entirely sure if he actually owns a copy Yet, having spent some time reading through these books, it has been a rather nice trip down memory lane, chuckling at the old cartoons, and also realising that a lot of them have so much depth to them that these days people probably don t understand what was going on, such as this one Another interesting thing is that when I was reading the first book I was a little horrified at some of the cartoons that appeared in there, and honestly, he has got himself in trouble, such as with the Jane Goodall one, though as it turns out while the corporates in the United States were horrified, she actually had a sense of humour and pretty much ordered them to step down, namely because she actually saw the funny side In fact, she even wrote the intro to this volume, and also told a story as how there was a science teacher that would place a whole heap of Far Side cartoons on his wall, and as the students studied science, they slowly came to actually understand the joke However, to finish this off, I won t end with a Farside cartoon, but instead with another modern meme, namely Storytime with Danny Trejo


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    I used to participate in these annual summer reading contests with my local public library If you got to a certain number of pages over the course of your vacation, you won prizes that got better and better theyou read I think at one level I ended up winning one of those canvass bags people bring with them to hippie grocery stores And, at the highest level which I achieved I got to meet the mayor in a ceremony in the Tacoma Dome convention center She gave some dumb speech on the im I used to participate in these annual summer reading contests with my local public library If you got to a certain number of pages over the course of your vacation, you won prizes that got better and better theyou read I think at one level I ended up winning one of those canvass bags people bring with them to hippie grocery stores And, at the highest level which I achieved I got to meet the mayor in a ceremony in the Tacoma Dome convention center She gave some dumb speech on the importance of reading or something, I don t know, I wasn t paying attention because the last time I had to wear a button down shirt and slacks was also the last time I was ever forced to go to church as a five year old.The funny thing is, to get to that peak number of pages, I mostly just read collections like these Far Side books Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin Hobbes, even the Family Fucking Circus along with one actual book with text to prove that I ve been reading when we met with the librarian for our weekly update That mayor had no idea, no idea at all


  3. says:

    I ll just start by saying I love Far Side They are not made for uneducated people You must have a fair bit of worldly knowledge to get most of them, otherwise they re just not funny There really is no reason I started with Gallery 5 other than I already had it on my shelf I cannot even recall buying it but evidently I did I wonder if a few of the comics flew over my head because the book is nearly 20 years old and the references are no longer relevant Or maybe I m not as smart as I thou I ll just start by saying I love Far Side They are not made for uneducated people You must have a fair bit of worldly knowledge to get most of them, otherwise they re just not funny There really is no reason I started with Gallery 5 other than I already had it on my shelf I cannot even recall buying it but evidently I did I wonder if a few of the comics flew over my head because the book is nearly 20 years old and the references are no longer relevant Or maybe I m not as smart as I thought Hmmm I really liked the forward by Jane Goodall I loved seeing what a great sense of humor she has and that fact alone elevated my already very high opinion of her I ll just come clean and say this here When I was in school I wanted to be Jane Goodall I thought she had the best job in the world I could still be convinced to move to Africa and take over for her 4 4.52


  4. says:

    The last collection of far side cartoons Get them, read them and be glad we had this many The Far side was a unique cartoon that looked at life with a skewed perspective that has to be seen to be appreciated From cows who walk around on two legs until a car load of humans appears to an elephant in a top coat who s looking for the hunter who winged him in Africa, life is seen though an odd and distorting, yet so funny glass.


  5. says:

    I used to think Gary Larson was hilarious This one didn t do it for me though Maybe he seemed funnier back when he was breaking ground Maybe this collection wasn t as good as some Maybe my tastes have changed.


  6. says:

    Goodall s forward needed to be a bit shorter but Larson s cartoons, as always, make me laugh.


  7. says:

    I love the humor of Gary Larson and I miss The Far Side in my daily newspaper


  8. says:

    of the same, need I say


  9. says:

    Gods how I love Gary Larson Seriously, I grew up on Far Side comics and I think they are one of the main foundations for my odd sense of humor.The Far Side is just bizarre, in the best way possible A different kind of bizarre is the fact that Jane Goodall wrote the foreword for this volume Didn t see that coming But then, I didn t know about the controversy surrounding the Goodall tramp comic that was really only an issue because Goodall was in Tanzania at the time and the current director Gods how I love Gary Larson Seriously, I grew up on Far Side comics and I think they are one of the main foundations for my odd sense of humor.The Far Side is just bizarre, in the best way possible A different kind of bizarre is the fact that Jane Goodall wrote the foreword for this volume Didn t see that coming But then, I didn t know about the controversy surrounding the Goodall tramp comic that was really only an issue because Goodall was in Tanzania at the time and the current director of the Jane Goodall Institute took it upon herself to be offended without any input from Goodall herself, who thought the comic was hilarious.The Far Side is something anyone should consider adding to their collection If you like funny and strange, this comic is for you


  10. says:

    Oh, books of my past.I ve had The Far Side Gallery books for as long as I can remember I grew up reading these comics and giggling to myself Every time I come back to them I understand some of theadult and scientific jokes and puns and the comics only getenjoyable This collection of five books is fantastic, and brings together all or at least a significant amount of Gary Larson s work Oh, books of my past.I ve had The Far Side Gallery books for as long as I can remember I grew up reading these comics and giggling to myself Every time I come back to them I understand some of theadult and scientific jokes and puns and the comics only getenjoyable This collection of five books is fantastic, and brings together all or at least a significant amount of Gary Larson s work


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