Sometimes it’s best not to invest too much into the creator of your favourite works of art. Inevitably they fail to live up to your expectations. JD Salinger, for instance, became fiercely private and slowed his literary output to a crawl after the publication of The Catcher in The Rye, much to the dismay of his fans. Daniel Day Lewis says he’s now retired and George RR Martin is taking his own damn time finishing Game of Thrones. The point is, you can’t expect the artists you love to behave in the way that you want.
But maybe, just maybe, that rule is about to be overturned. Gary Larson, the cartoonist behind the brilliantly surreal The Far Side, which was syndicated in nearly 2,000 newspapers between 1980 and 1995, has suggested he’s about to return.
Despite the huge success of the often bizarre and consistently hilarious strips that made brilliant use of anthropomorphised elephants, birds, dogs and penguins, Larson decided to retire in ’95 at the age of 44. Afraid of “easing into the graveyard of mediocre cartoons”, Larson said that “simple fatigue” was what prompted his decision to stop, leaving fans bereft.
However, the American artist’s website has recently been updated with a new cartoon, prompting speculation that The Far Side is due a return.
The cartoon, which depicts a man in a parka using a blowtorch to defrost The Far Side’s iconic characters from a block of ice, is accompanied by a caption that reads:
“Uncommon, unreal, and (soon to be) unfrozen. A new online era of The Far Side is coming!
The news created excitement on social media, with writer Britt Knupper’s tweet garnering over 600 retweets.
“Guys, we f****d up so bad that Gary Larson had to come out of retirement.”
As yet there are no further details on what exactly a new online era of The Far Side will look like but we’re betting on surreal and as it’s the internet, there will definitely be dogs.