‘The Far Side’ Is Now Online and New Comics Are on the Way

My dad’s favorite cartoon is The Far Side. For every Christmas since I can remember, my mom got him a new desk calendar for his desk at work, and since he retired, one for his desk at home.

And every Christmas since 1995, I’ve listened to him lament that the calendar wrapped under the tree is no longer The Far Side.

Nothing compares (though Pearls Before Swine is close, he says).

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Now my dad, and others like him, have reason to celebrate – Gary Larson and his cartoons are returning.

In the early fall, a cryptic update appeared on Larson’s website, one that hinted at something new in the works for the fans who had been crying into their lesser comics for over two decades.

Then, the announcement: the irreverent, single-panel cartoons will now be available online for the first time.

And there will be new material! It’s not just gonna be archived strips – Larson plans to revisit his world of anthropomorphic cows and science run amok, at least once in a while.

Part of the reason for Larson’s decision is that he hates seeing scanned, illegal versions of his work on the web, and part is that he feels the resolution on new computer screens won’t leave out any of his intentional nuance.

Though there will be new work on the site, Larson told the New York Times that readers shouldn’t expect any regular postings.

“I’m not ‘back,’ at least in the sense I think you’re asking. Returning to the world of deadlines isn’t exactly on my to-do list.”

All writers have a love/hate relationship with deadlines, so I can surely relate – and hope to one day be in a position to set my own, leisurely schedule as well.

That said, it seems we can expect at least some new artwork to float around in the new year. Until then, enjoy the revolving library of content on the website, like daily posts and themed collections.

Oh, happy day – for my dad, and everyone else in the world who gets a second chance to experience firsthand brilliance.

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How Did Casper Became a Ghost?

We’ve all heard about the story of the friendly ghost who just wants to make friends – and if you’re anywhere close to my age, you have a strangely romantic relationship with Casper, since we all immediately fell in love with Devon Sawa when this happened:

But where did the story come from in the first place? How did Casper die? Why is he a friendly ghost and not a scary one?

There are a lot of questions if you think about it, and if you want answers, we might have a few.

Since his debut in 1945, Casper the Friendly Ghost has appeared in dozens of animated shorts and specials, hundreds of comic books, as well as the feature film referenced above. The affable ghost always searches among the living for friends instead of people to frighten and encounters problems due to his non-corporeal status.

The character was created by writer Seymour Reit and artist Joe Oriolo back in 1940. But before the duo could pen their children’s book based on the concept, the two were drafted, and while they were gone, the animation studio they worked for was sold to Paramount – a sale that included the intellectual property of all employees (what a racket).

They were given $200 for their then-untested character.

In 1945 he appeared in a short called The Friendly Ghost, but the film made no mention of how Casper came to be a spirit in the first place. It did reference siblings who enjoyed scaring people, but no other personal details.

He appeared in another short in 1948, There’s Good Boos To-Night. In that one, he is shown leaning on a tombstone (presumably his own), while his “neighbors” – the ghosts from the nearby headstones – go on their nightly haunts.

Casper began starring in comic books in 1952, and it was due to Harvey Comics that Casper finally got a ghost family: a mom and three uncles, who were later named Fatso, Fusso, and Lazo. Originally, none of the group had backstories, talked about what their lives were like when they were alive, or made reference to a beginning of their relationship to each other.

Basically, it seems that Casper’s early mythology sort of implied that he and the others like him were “born” ghosts and had never been alive at all.

The 1995 feature film, starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Devon Sawa, gave Casper a full living backstory. He told Christina Ricci’s character that he had been a boy named Casper McFadden who had died from the flu – perhaps the Spanish flu, based on his dress and the time period – at the age of 12.

In it, we also see Ricci’s mother portrayed as an “angel,” suggesting there’s a more complicated hierarchy and mythology for the dead than the comics had previously envisioned – perhaps something more along the lines of what’s established in It’s a Wonderful Life? But that’s just speculation.

The original creators had to let go of Casper before they could fully flesh out their idea of who he was and how he became a ghost – friendly or otherwise – so perhaps it’s fitting that the truth of his origins seem to be left up to whoever is continuing his story at the moment.

Though, to me, the fact that he seems to get so much comfort from hanging around a particular headstone seems the point to the fact that it is his headstone. That means he was once alive, and he perished before his time.

I know he’s a child’s character, but hey. Life isn’t fair, and sometimes a bittersweet touch is just what a story needs to make it come alive (see: The Fox and the Hound).

Or in this case, dead.

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How Did Casper Became a Ghost?

We’ve all heard about the story of the friendly ghost who just wants to make friends – and if you’re anywhere close to my age, you have a strangely romantic relationship with Casper, since we all immediately fell in love with Devon Sawa when this happened:

But where did the story come from in the first place? How did Casper die? Why is he a friendly ghost and not a scary one?

There are a lot of questions if you think about it, and if you want answers, we might have a few.

Since his debut in 1945, Casper the Friendly Ghost has appeared in dozens of animated shorts and specials, hundreds of comic books, as well as the feature film referenced above. The affable ghost always searches among the living for friends instead of people to frighten and encounters problems due to his non-corporeal status.

The character was created by writer Seymour Reit and artist Joe Oriolo back in 1940. But before the duo could pen their children’s book based on the concept, the two were drafted, and while they were gone, the animation studio they worked for was sold to Paramount – a sale that included the intellectual property of all employees (what a racket).

They were given $200 for their then-untested character.

In 1945 he appeared in a short called The Friendly Ghost, but the film made no mention of how Casper came to be a spirit in the first place. It did reference siblings who enjoyed scaring people, but no other personal details.

He appeared in another short in 1948, There’s Good Boos To-Night. In that one, he is shown leaning on a tombstone (presumably his own), while his “neighbors” – the ghosts from the nearby headstones – go on their nightly haunts.

Casper began starring in comic books in 1952, and it was due to Harvey Comics that Casper finally got a ghost family: a mom and three uncles, who were later named Fatso, Fusso, and Lazo. Originally, none of the group had backstories, talked about what their lives were like when they were alive, or made reference to a beginning of their relationship to each other.

Basically, it seems that Casper’s early mythology sort of implied that he and the others like him were “born” ghosts and had never been alive at all.

The 1995 feature film, starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Devon Sawa, gave Casper a full living backstory. He told Christina Ricci’s character that he had been a boy named Casper McFadden who had died from the flu – perhaps the Spanish flu, based on his dress and the time period – at the age of 12.

In it, we also see Ricci’s mother portrayed as an “angel,” suggesting there’s a more complicated hierarchy and mythology for the dead than the comics had previously envisioned – perhaps something more along the lines of what’s established in It’s a Wonderful Life? But that’s just speculation.

The original creators had to let go of Casper before they could fully flesh out their idea of who he was and how he became a ghost – friendly or otherwise – so perhaps it’s fitting that the truth of his origins seem to be left up to whoever is continuing his story at the moment.

Though, to me, the fact that he seems to get so much comfort from hanging around a particular headstone seems the point to the fact that it is his headstone. That means he was once alive, and he perished before his time.

I know he’s a child’s character, but hey. Life isn’t fair, and sometimes a bittersweet touch is just what a story needs to make it come alive (see: The Fox and the Hound).

Or in this case, dead.

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These Tidbits From Children’s Shows Might’ve Escaped You as a Kid

One interesting thing about being a parent is getting to watch kid’s television and children’s movies again as an adult. There are so many details that make no sense – and so many more that you finally realize are definitely not included for the kids in the audience.

To that end, these 14 pieces of information probably didn’t mean anything to you as a child….but you might find them interesting now.

14. Barney doesn’t exist.

Image Credit: PBS

I mean, obviously – but if you’ll notice, this “imaginary friend” only appears when there are no adults in the room.

13. Some Proud Family characters are named after Southern California streets.

Image Credit: Disney Channel

La Cienega and Sunset Boulevards, to be exact.

12. This puberty joke on Victorious.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

It’s actually pretty well-timed and funny.

11. This “balloon” looks a lot like a condom.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

But I guess they’d find a lot of those in the ocean these days.

10. Miss Yvonne’s mind had no place in a children’s show.

Image Credit: CBS

I mean, neither did Pee Wee Herman’s, it turned out. So.

9. Helga’s mom on Hey, Arnold! had a drinking problem.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

There’s definitely more than fruit in those “smoothies.”

8. Spongebob is about to get even weirder…

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

Because crabby patties are made from crabs, so Mr. Crabs…yeah.

7. Patrick lives under a rock for a reason.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

Because he’s that dumb and clueless that, yes, he has literally been living under a rock.

6. The Crusty Crab is shaped like a lobster trap.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

I wonder what exactly they’re trying to say here?

5. I guess there’s no point in lying to kids about Hollywood at any age.

Image Credit: Disney Channel

They should know what they’re getting into, right?

4. The Victorious homage episode to The Breakfast Club made a few alterations.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

I don’t think Bender said “vegan.”

3. There was a character named Faymen Phorchin on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

Fame and fortune. Now that’s the kind of boyfriend I want.

2. Also on Victorious, Tori’s mom seems to be having an affair?

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

I mean, I don’t know what else they would be implying.

1. That time Patrick thought Spongebob was saying “penis.”

Image Credit: Nickelodeon

One more reason to just lol at this show.

 

Do you have a moment like this, where an adult joke “got” you after several years of watching? Share it with us in the comments!

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Check out These Funny One-Star Movie Reviews From Amazon

There are a lot of armchair film critics out there, huh?

Especially now that every single person on the planet can review every single thing on the planet whenever they feel like it. But that leaves us with a whole bunch of hilarious one-star movie reviews from very unsatisfied customers.

Here are some reviews that will probably leave you laughing.

1. That’s a good point.

2. Didn’t even watch the whole thing.

3. Not women, but children.

4. Damn liberal propaganda.

5. Neil Armstrong definitely saw aliens, so I don’t why they left them out in the movie.

6. Not a fan of guys in tights.

7. Those poor criminals.

8. The movie came out in 1939.

9. Maybe he was lying?

10. Cold is a way better title.

11. Hahahaha. This is good.

12. I think he rented the wrong movie.

13. Sounds like a loving parent.

14. By the way, it’s not a documentary.

15. And then there’s this classic review.

Those are priceless!

Have you seen any hilarious movie reviews lately? If so, tell us about them in the comments!

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A ‘Star Wars’ Uber-Fan Has Had Enough of Your Complaints About the Newest Films

People are pretty sensitive about their fandoms, and that seems to go double (or triple) for Star Wars fanatics. It could be because the franchise has been around since the 70s, because it’s tied to so many of our childhoods, or because more than one generation has now claimed it as their own, but folks have been downright salty about the handling of this final chapter.

That said, there is at least one person who isn’t here for your complaints, and he’s clapped back in an epic twitter thread.

It begins with him informing young ‘uns about the horrors that were watching Episodes 1-3 for the first time, in a theater.

Yes, a space diner.

And goes on to address issues with how Luke Skywalker and Palpatine were treated soooo unfairly boohoo.

We aren’t here for your bs expectations of logic, newbies.

Then we get reminders of how terrible these two moments were…

Before he hightails it because the Prequel Fans (all 5 of them) have come out in force.

The moral of the story? Sit down and enjoy your Rian Johnson and JJ Abrams Star Wars because nothing is more disappointing than 1-3.

Nothing.

Don’t @ me.

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The Paul Rudd ‘Hey, Look at Us’ Meme Is a New Favorite and Memers Are Killing It

Paul Rudd is just the best, isn’t he?

And he definitely seems to get better with age. Rudd was recently on the show Hot Ones and from one simple utterance – “Look at us. Hey, look at us.” – a new viral meme was born.

Let’s take a look at some really good examples.

1. Always a good feeling.

2. We made it!

3. New albums = Dropped.

4. That’s a huge accomplishment.

5. That didn’t work out according to plan.

6. Whoopsy daisy.

7. Let’s make it official.

8. Another milestone.

9. That’s a big relief.

10. Hahaha, never gets old.

Look at us!

What’s your favorite “Hey, look at us” meme that’s floating around social media right now?

Let us know in the comments!

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15 Friends Who Got Tattooed Together

Getting a tattoo is a serious commitment. Getting a matching tattoo with your friend is pretty hardcore.

But, when you know, you know. And sometimes matching ink is the best way to say, “I love you, man!” Here are 15 examples of tattooed friends…let’s hope they don’t have any big arguments anytime soon.

1. Tiny little hearts.

2. Nice detail on these.

3. A single rose.

4. Matching Minor Threat tattoos!

5. I pinky swear…

6. Fill it up.

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7. Happy little avocados.

8. Best friends forever.

9. Cheers to you!

10. A friendly journey.

11. These are nice.

12. Around the world.

13. Mom and son tattoo.

14. Do you recognize these?

15. Happy little clouds.

Do any of you readers out there have matching tattoos with a friend? Or maybe with a significant other?

If so, show us some photos in the comments!

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Instagram Deactivated a Model’s Account After She’d Raised Money for Australia by Selling Nudes

Well, that’s not cool…

Kaylen Ward, a 20-year-old influencer and online sex worker from Los Angeles, California, says she’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Australian bushfire relief…all by trading cash for naked pictures.

She’s calling herself a Naked Philanthropist now, and even if her methods offend some – including Instagram, apparently – I doubt the animals and people Down Under really care how the money got to them in their time of need.

Kaylen, like many people, felt devastated as she watched Australia burn. As a survivor of 2019’s Carr fire in California, which left more than 200,000 acres smoldering and 8 people dead, Ward has seen firsthand the ruin wildfires can cause.

As she wondered what she could do to help, lit on her idea, and tweeted it out – one nude photo in exchange for a verified $10 donation to a list of approved charities.

She told Buzzfeed she was expecting to raise “maybe $1000, but the tweet blew up.”

It was retweeted more than 40,000 times, and Kaylen’s inbox was so flooded she had to hire a team of 4 people to help her sort through all of the messages, verify donations, and reply with the promised naked photos.

Ward says that they’d raised around $500,000 when Instagram shut down her account, claiming she’d violated their guidelines against posting “sexually suggestive content.”

Even though not everyone understands her reasons – like IG, her family, or the guy she likes – Kaylen isn’t stopping anytime soon.

And she’s getting plenty of support from strangers online, too – and not just the ones forking over cash.

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of with Kaylen Ward on this one – when the world needs our help, we give what we can. And if she wants to give pictures of her body to help the cause, and does it of her own free will, I say go on, girl.

Naked Philanthropist to the rescue, little koalas.

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Unscripted Movie Moments That Were so Good, They Left Them In

Let’s explore a little bit of Hollywood lore and learn about some pretty cool instances of when things ended up in movies that were not only not in the script, they weren’t close to part of the plan.

I just love happy accidents, don’t you?!?! Let’s take a look. And if you know of any others, please share them in the comments with us.

These responses are from folks in the Buzzfeed Community.

1. “Give me the keys Rose!” in Get Out.

Photo Credit: Blumhouse

“In an interview, Daniel Kaluuya revealed that there was actually a good amount of improvisation in Get Out, especially in the scene with the major plot twist: “I couldn’t do that scene the way it was scripted, really. That was something that we kind of made up. When he was asking Rose to give me the keys, all that stuff was made up in a day. It just felt natural because what was scripted didn’t feel right in the space it was in, and Jordan [Peele] allowed us to do that. He was open enough to see that.”

2. A little tear from The Joker.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Director Todd Phillips said that he played the film’s score for Joaquin Phoenix because he “wanted the music to affect and infect the set in a way.” During the first take as the score was playing, Philipps revealed that “as Joaquin is struggling with Arthur’s smile, this little tear appears, and we just had the scene and we moved on.”

3. “Oscar shit” in Baby Driver.

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

Apparently Edgar Wright doesn’t always allow for too much improvisation in his movies, but this line from Jamie Foxx was too good and too natural to be cut.

4. “Bitch, please in Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Photo Credit: Marvel

Samuel L. Jackson was specifically asked about this line in an interview, and he couldn’t 100% verify if it was in the script or not, but then Jake Gyllenhaal chimed in and said, “It was improvised. I’m here to attest that was improvised.”

5. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

Photo Credit: Universal

In Fast & Furious 6, The Rock ad-libbed an insult at one of the characters, making Ludacris literally spit out his drink from laughing too hard.

6. Timothée Chalamet improvised looking directly into the camera’s lens in Call Me By Your Name.

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

On the DVD commentary, Chalamet said the glance was his “little homage to Boyhood here at the end, stealing a two-second look into the lens.”

7. Tony Stark’s death scene in Avengers: Endgame.

Photo Credit: Marvel

Tom Holland revealed in an interview that only a couple people were on set to film Tony Stark’s death scene: Kevin Feige (Marvel’s president), the Russo brothers (the directors), Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., and himself.

The four cast members showed up to set and were given a loose outline of what was going to be shot: “They kind of told us what was going to happen – or what they wanted to happen – and then we just sort of improvised.” Holland said it was a “really, really interesting way to shoot such a pivotal scene in the movie.”

8. DiCaprio’s bloody hand in Django Unchained was because he actually cut himself.

Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

Leo said that the cast and crew gave him a standing ovation after the scene was finished, and he kept acting in the scene because “it was more interesting to watch Quentin’s and Jamie’s reaction off-camera than to look at my hand.”

9. Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman’s dinner conversation in Logan.

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Patrick Stewart revealed that he and Hugh Jackman improvised an eight-minute scene at the dinner table, per director James Mangold’s request: “When you get to that moment, why don’t you talk about your history a little bit more? Fill it out with something. Whatever feels appropriate to you.”

10. Joshua Gad improvised this line in Frozen.

Photo Credit: Disney

According to Gad, “Improv is definitely always part of the journey, and they were amazing collaborators in letting me just come up with something to say, some of which is in there. I remember saying as a joke, ‘I’ve been impaled,’ and I was shocked when I watched the movie and they animated this and kept this in the film.’”

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