The Complete Far Side and Other Goodies

When I arrived home from work today, an order that I had placed at Amazon had finally arrived. I used a gift card that I got for Christmas to get myself something that I have been drooling over for a long time: The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson. This is a massive, coffee table-sized 2-volume set that contains every single Far Side cartoon (more than 4,300 of them), plus lots of articles and commentary. It comes in a gorgeous box:


Inside the box are two volumes, covering 1980-1986 and 1987-1994:


The books themselves are massive–and beautiful:


And they look even better inside:


The Far Side is my all-time favorite cartoon. I’m not sure that I’ve seen every comic Larson produced, but I will get the chance to see them all now. I can’t wait to start pouring through these volumes.

In the same shipment, I also received The Bill James Handbook for 2013, which is for baseball fans, what the World Almanac is for everyone else. It’s another book I can’t wait to flip through.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

4 thoughts on “The Complete Far Side and Other Goodies

  1. High above the hushed crowed Rex tried to focus, but he had one nagging doubt. He was an old dog and this was a new trick. – favourite of his cartoons.

  2. When I was a kid, my family moved around a lot but the one book that always survived the trip was The Far Side Gallery 2. Without it, I wouldn’t have even considered writing.

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