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Gary Larson’s comic The Far Side was syndicated in newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Larson suddenly retired at age 44. Larson is famously protective of his cartoons, and objects to people sharing them online. He has maintained a website, but it hadn’t been updated since 2000 …until now. As of Tuesday, the website The Far Side is live once again, and is the official home of Larson’s comics, both new and classic. He explained his reasoning in a letter detailing his relationship with the internet from its beginning.
So fast-forward to today, and hey, look! I’m writing another letter! This time, though, I’m writing to say something I never thought I would: Welcome to The Far Side website! Guess I’ve got some ’splainin’ to do.
Truthfully, I still have some ambivalence about officially entering the online world — I previously equated it to a rabbit hole, although “black hole” sometimes seems more apropos — but my change of heart on this has been due not only to some evolution in my own thinking, but also in two areas I’ve always cared about when it comes to this computer/Internet “stuff”: security and graphics.
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