The Far Side Returning For 'New Online Era' After 24-Year Hiatus

It's highly likely you've seen his work, but if you're under the age of 25, you weren't even alive the last time iconic cartoonist Gary Larson put pen to paper for a new The Far Side comic strip.

First published in 1980, the newspaper and calendar comic ran until 1995, known best for its surrealistic humour and anthropomorphic characters.

Since retiring, Larson has remained staunchly against digital reproductions of his work, imploring with fans not to share the images on the internet. 

"These cartoons are my 'children,' of sorts, and like a parent, I'm concerned about where they go at night without telling me," Larson wrote in a message to the public in 1999.

"And, seeing them at someone's web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, 'Uh, Dad, you're not going to like this much, but guess where I am.'"

Well, it appears the illustrator has warmed up to the idea of the web, with an update to The Far Side website signalling a comeback of some sort.

The site's homepage now displays a fresh illustration of a man thawing out a block of ice with classic Larson characters stuck inside.

"Uncommon, unreal, and (soon-to-be) unfrozen," the caption reads.

"A new online era of The Far Side is coming!"

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It isn't clear what fans will actually be getting, be it entirely new comics or a digital catalogue of Larson's previous works, ready to be shared with an entirely new generation -- and people are excited.