In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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It could kill a cockroach the size of a puppy

A couple weeks ago I made an impulse buy from Amazon and picked up The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson. It's 1,272 pages of Far Side goodness collected over a period of 14 years. Interspersed through the comics are essays and commentary by Larson and the whole thing weighs in at an unbelievable 18 pounds. If I never get around to reading it, I can always use it as a blunt object to killer burglers or any large mutated insects which wander by.

There's a lot to admire about The Far Side and Larson. For one, it's the only comic I can think of off the top of my head that had a real scientific bent at times. Lets face it, unless they're of the insane mad scientist and doomsday device bent, you don't often see a lot of science-related material in comics. Not to mention that it's pretty remarkable the guy chose to retire the strip when he could have kept on milking it for years. He had finally reached that pinacle of achievement where it dosen't matter how much effort you put into your work or what sorts of egregious crap you churn out because the brainless masses will still buy it and fill your pockets with filthy lucre. If you want an example of that, whoever's been writing the scripts for The Simpsons since around 1995 is a prime example. So instead of taking the path of ease, he decided to pull the plug before it could go downhill. There's a lesson there.

Anyway, I haven't actually gotten around to opening the shrink wrap yet. I was thinking tonight might actually be a good time to go about it. Maybe I'll even keep the camera close by and snap a few photos of the panels that catch my fancy.
Tags: book club, the far side

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