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Take comfort with ‘The Far Side’

Aloha readers!

We were all seemingly taken to “The Far Side” with the election season and now that it’s over we can put our minds elsewhere, and what better way than with laughter through the zany, wacky, hilariously out-there classic newspaper comics set, “The Complete Far Side 1980-1994” by Gary Larson!

Gary Larson’s unique, creative, and iconic brand of humor have become classic chuckles throughout the years! Not only can he lampoon humanity with the best of them, he often utilizes anthropomorphic humor through characters, such as bears, insects, worms, squids, amoebas, aliens, etc., as a great way to get us to laugh at ourselves and our habits.

Who remembers the one with the two polar bears biting into an igloo and one says to the other, “These are my favorite! Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside!”?

Or how about the one with the airline pilots that warn their passengers to expect turbulence…and then they intentionally start flying the plane in all sorts of askew directions just for laughs?

One of our favorites is the one that explains why we only see TV news anchors from the waist up because they are actually tentacle-legged aliens who now have control over the Earth’s primary source of information!

Dark? Yes. Out-there? You bet. Funny? Absolutely!

The three-volume set, complete with monochromatic cow-hide slipcover, is full of plenty of other fun goodies. Gary Larson provides throughout the books anecdotes from his creative processes and personal history, all of which are as entertaining as the strips themselves. In particular, his recounting of his kid-time experience with feeding a horse carrots was quite hilarious and quite matched my own experience!

Bottom line, it’s a great set.

Laugh a little (or a lot)! You deserve it!


Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.


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