20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past. Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s. Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.
BOOK AND PODCAST: “Paneling tonight … cows.” (1980-1995) There was a time when not a day could go by without encountering the single panel absurdity of “The Far Side.” Gary Larson’s work adorned the bookshelves, calendars and dorm room walls of our co-hosts well into the 1990s. But for Bob, there was an even deeper meaning to this comic, impacting both his creative pursuits and abhorrent outlook on humanity (Tim just thought the cows looked funny).
00:00:00 PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - very busy schedules
00:01:05 BACK TO THE FUNNIES - and Bob’s childhood career goal
00:08:08 NEVER MIND THE BIL KEANES … HERE’S THE FAR SIDE - a single panel of punk rock
00:20:43 NERD’S REVENGE - an exclusionary narrator
00:25:51 BINGING THE DAY TO DAY CALENDAR - and is this well-drawn?
00:33:30 DRAWING TO FILL SPACE - Teenage Cartooning
00:38:09 MISANTHROPIC MEDIUMS - and an elusive, reclusive author of absurdity
00:46:03 PANEL AND REPEAT - re-returning to The Far Side … again and again
00:51:10 OPENING A CANNING OF WORMS - regrets on maturity
00:57:11 CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase
00:59:34 SPECIAL FEATURES - more things Bob has and hasn’t listened t
Finally find out what the author looked like in 1986 with this 20/20 INTERVIEW WITH GARY LARSON.
Hear the intricate underpinnings of The Far Side cartoon eloquently dissected with scholarly insight when NORM AND CLIFF EXPLAIN THE FAR SIDE TO WOODY in this clip from NBC’s CHEERS.
And then finally realize that’s its frustratingly difficult to find any thorough information about this strip online by having to reach back all the way to this 1998 New York Times article AFICIONADO OF SCIENCE: GARY LARSON, AN AMATEUR IN BIOLOGY RETURNS TO HIS EASEL.
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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:
“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org. Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.
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