Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Far Side Calendar Returns

I always do my calendar shopping for the new year between Christmas and New Year's Eve, as the prices in most stores just seem to plummet, as stores are anxious to move what they have left off their shelves. You can get some really good calendars for as much as 50% off the normal retail price.

For years I always been a fan of day-by-day calendars. They are the ones that you tear away a day every day to see something new the next. I always try to get two or three of them. For 2006 I had a Monty Python and a George Carlin calendar. I was always sad to see that the my all-time favorite one, The Far Side, was discontinued in 2002. It was always one of my favorite cartoons, and I bought many of the anthology books ("The Far Side Gallery") that came out over the years. But author Gary Larson decided to walk away from it, much to my chagrin.

But earlier this week, I was in a Barnes & Noble's store and I discovered that The Far Side day-by-day calendar was back! It was brought back for 2007 to benefit one of Gary Larson's favorite causes, the protection of wildlife. All of the royalties from this calendar will go to Conservation International.

I'm so glad to see it back, so I can wake up each day with a classic Far Side cartoon. This 2007 calendar will have many of the same ones featured in the 2001 calendar, and that one was a collection of the Far Side's all-time best comic panels.

Thanks for bringing it back, Gary, even if just for 2007. I missed it.

It goes great with my 2007 Monty Python day-by-day calendar.


Anonymous said...

I have LOVED "the far side" calendar for about the past 10 or so years ... I couldn't find one for the past 2 years, but I got my mother one for 2007 !

The Omnipotent Q said...

Unfortunately, it was not made for the last five years, but it was brought back for 2007. Sounds like it maybe for just one year, but I guess we'll see...