'Far Side' cartoonist Gary Larson publishes first new work in 25 years

A new drawing done by Gary Larson creator of the famed “The Far Side” comic strip

Larson has shared three new single-panel Far Side comics, marking the first he's done since retiring the long-running series on December 31, 1994.

You can look at the new cartoons at his website, where he explains why he stopped drawing - and why he started again.

Larson wrote on the site that the latest creations are a result of him "having fun drawing again" after he discovered making cartoons using digital tools.

Larson's three new cartoons, rendered in a painterly style instead of his familiar line art, still reflected his signature offbeat humor - including one that features a visual pun on "taxidermists".

"So a few years ago - finally fed up with my once-loyal but now reliably traitorous pen - I chose to try a digital tablet", Larson wrote. "I simply had no idea how far these things had evolved", he wrote. "Perhaps fittingly, the first thing I drew was a caveman", he concluded.

We're just glad to have you back, Gary, in whatever shape or form that is. Liniers, who creates the syndicated strip "Macanudo", posted a cartoon on Twitter on Tuesday cheering Larson's return. That had always been at the core of what I enjoyed most when I was drawing The Far Side, that sense of exploring, reaching for something, taking some risks, sometimes hitting a home run and sometimes coming up with "Cow tools".

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If your "toiletside" reading material game was strong, and you respected the sanctity of the bathroom, you made sure you had at least one "The Far Side" book for perusal, adding a Madam & Eve and some Zapiro for local flavour.

Pictured, select covers from The Far Side in the 1980s.

He warns his fans that the products of his digital rebirth are not a "resurrection" of "The Far Side".

'So here goes. I've got my coffee, I've got this cool gizmo, and I've got no deadlines'.

The single-panel cartoon first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle before growing to feature in almost 2,000 newspapers and 40 million book, according to CNN. So while we know Larson isn't planning on bringing back his daily comic strip, maybe he could do it every other day? "With all the madness in the news these days, the timing of Gary's absurdist view and comic relief just couldn't be better".

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