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Q: Far Side Comic ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Far Side Comic
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Comics and Animation
Asked by: cjang-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 17 Nov 2005 00:36 PST
Expires: 17 Dec 2005 00:36 PST
Question ID: 594082
I'm looking for a Far Side comic which has a theme about germs evading
the immune system, or about x-rays. Does anyone know where I can find one?

Request for Question Clarification by juggler-ga on 17 Nov 2005 00:48 PST
There's an X-ray comic on page 175 of "The Complete Far Side 1980-1994"
(Login in with your account to view it).

Does this meet your needs?

Clarification of Question by cjang-ga on 17 Nov 2005 09:05 PST
I'm looking for something that's a bit more about being irridiated
with x-rays. If that can't be found, something with a theme about just
germs evading the immune system.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Far Side Comic
From: bowler-ga on 17 Nov 2005 13:54 PST
Have you seen this particualr comic before or do you want to know if one exists?
Subject: Re: Far Side Comic
From: cjang-ga on 17 Nov 2005 16:27 PST
I want to know if one exists.
Subject: Re: Far Side Comic
From: jocelynpaine-ga on 03 Feb 2006 11:57 PST
Are you drawing a comic and seeking inspiration for artwork? If so,
there's a lot of computer-generated biological imagery around the Web.
For example the "Home Page for Cellular Semiotics" at, which looks like an
attempt to script an intro (incomplete, unfortunately) to the immune
system. It's divided into several scenes, with birds-eye and close-up
views of immune system cells, and a commentary on what the viewer is
seeing as they zoom towards a cell.

You might also find inspiration in the Asimov book and the flim
"Fantastic Voyage", in which a (very) midget submarine gets injected
into a patient's bloodstream, and eventually has to evade the immune
system in order to escape being smashed to splinters by white blood
cells. One of the crew members was Raquel Welch. There are a few
images at and
its pages such as,
which shows the sub surrounded by red blood cells.

Oh, and 1980's issue of the journal "Trends in Biochemical Sciences"
(available in any good science library) have a number of cartoons,
notably by the incomparable TAB, depicting various aspects of
immunology as well as DNA replication, cell-membrane construction and
other matters biochemical. Plenty of invading viruses and bacteria
there. I prefer the artwork to Far Side - it's more precise and feels
cleaner. Some of these cartoons were collected into a book called
"Sticky Ends", published in 1986 or so, but I can't find mention of it
on the Web.

Not quite an answer to your question, but might help.

Jocelyn Paine

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