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The Far Side is officially online for the first time, with new cmics to come

Iconic cartoon The far side He launched his official website today, which debuted with a selection of classic cartoons, scribbles from the sketchbooks of creator Gary Larson and a letter from the artist himself. Despite the cultural ubiquity of the strip in the form of books, calendars and posters, the official website marks the first time the cmic has been authorized to be available online. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the strip, which was distributed between 1980 and 1995, thefarside.com periodically publish new Larson cmics in 2020.

Larson's letter explains his understandable hesitation to embrace the Internet, mainly for copyright infringement issues. Years ago, when I began to slowly realize that I had a second editor and distributor of my work, known as Anyone with a Scanner and Associates, I found it disturbing enough to write an open letter to 'to whom it may concern, "explaining, the best I could, why would I prefer that people who did this kindly abstained, "writes Larson. Most of these websites, managed by Far side fantastic, they fulfilled the requests to remove the cmics. But now the cartoonist says that trying to take control of his comics has been "an arduous task," and hopes that giving the comics an official digital home "will help moderate the impulses of the inclination for infraction."

"At that time, the Internet was a small and beautiful Internet, its cold and digital eyes were just beginning to open."

High-tech improvements in security and graphics have also been another impetus for Larson to join the online world. Although he still has some reservations on the Internet: "If you would like, I am sure that the Russians will be able to get into this and start playing with my subtitles. (I know they are thinking about it!)" – said Larson The New York Times who recently got a tablet and has been having fun drawing again.

"I hope that all the reasons I have given here will help explain why I am so late for this party," writes Larson. "But I'm finally here. And I could use a drink.