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Six Colors

by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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by Jason Snell

Going digital draws Gary Larson back to ‘The Far Side’

Legendary cartoonist Gary Larson is back, and it’s all due to digital drawing tools and a clogged pen:

Despite my retirement, I still had intermittent connections to cartooning, including my wife’s and my personal Christmas card. Once a year, I’d sit myself down to take on Santa, and every year it began with the same ritual: me cursing at, and then cleaning out, my clogged pen…

So a few years ago—finally fed up with my once-loyal but now reliably traitorous pen—I decided to try a digital tablet. I knew nothing about these devices but hoped it would just get me through my annual Christmas card ordeal. I got one, fired it up, and lo and behold, something totally unexpected happened: within moments, I was having fun drawing again. I was stunned at all the tools the thing offered, all the creative potential it contained. I simply had no idea how far these things had evolved. Perhaps fittingly, the first thing I drew was a caveman.

Larson’s first three new cartoons that he’s drawing just for fun are recognizably The Far Side—but it’s impossible not to notice the details and textures that are a product of his new set of digital drawing tools. Also, this one keeps making me laugh out loud, and I can’t figure out quite why.

That’s The Far Side at its best, if you ask me.

—Linked by Jason Snell

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