The Far Side Gallery

The Far Side Gallery
Author: Gary Larson
Rating: 4.44
Bestsellers Rate: 10350
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 200
Hours of reading: 3.3 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 15,26 €

About the book

1984 FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side and the Larson signature are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc.


"Explain him? No. Explicate him? No. Enjoy him? Yes, God, yes ... Just don't o.d. You could die laughing." (Stephen King)


"Bless Gary Larson for his wonderful consistency in casting an artful eye on all of Earth's wild critters, human or otherwise." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Gary Larson Biography

Gary Larson (born August 14, 1950) is an American cartoonist, environmentalist, and former musician. He is the creator of The Far Side, a single-panel cartoon series that was syndicated internationally to more than 1,900 newspapers for fifteen years. The series ended with Larson's retirement on January 1, 1995. In September 2019, his website alluded to a "new online era of The Far Side". On July 8, 2020, Larson released three new comics, his first in 25 years. His twenty-three books of collected cartoons have combined sales of more than forty-five million copies.

Personal life

Larson was born and raised in University Place, Washington, in suburban Tacoma, the son of Verner, a car salesman, and Doris, a secretary. He graduated from Curtis Senior High School in University Place and from Washington State University in Pullman with a degree in communications. During high school and college, he played jazz guitar and banjo.Larson said his family has "a morbid sense of humor", and that he was influenced by the "paranoid" sense of humor of his older brother, Dan. Dan played pranks on Gary, for example by taking advantage of his fear of monsters under the bed by waiting in the closet for the right moment to pounce. Dan "scared the hell out of me" whenever he could, Gary said, but Dan also nurtured Gary's love of scientific knowledge. They caught animals in Puget Sound and placed them in terrariums in the basement, and also made a small desert ecosystem.In 1987, Larson married Toni Carmichael, an anthropologist. Early in their relationship, Carmichael became his business manager.In The Complete Far Side, Larson says that his greatest disappointment in life occurred when he was at a luncheon and sat across from cartoonist Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family. Larson was not able to think of a single thing to say to him and deeply regretted the missed opportunity. Addams died in 1988. Larson is an environmentalist. "Protecting wildlife is 'at the top of my list', he says." Larson lives in Seattle, Washington.


Early cartoon work

According to Larson in his anthology The Prehistory of The Far Side, he was working in a music store when he took a few days off, after finally realizing how much he hated his job. During that time, he decided to try cartooning. In 1976, he drew six cartoons and submitted them to Pacific Search (afterward Pacific Northwest Magazine), a Seattle-based magazine. After contributing to another local Seattle paper, in 1979 Larson submitted his work to The Seattle Times. Under the title Nature's Way, his work was published weekly next to the Junior Jumble.To supplement his income, Larson worked for the Humane Society as a cruelty investigator.

The Far Side

Larson decided that he could increase his income from cartooning by selling his Nature's Way strip to another newspaper. While on vacation in San Francisco, he pitched his work to the San Francisco Chronicle and, to his surprise ... Read full biography

Authors: Gary Larson
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Languages: | English |
Original Language:
ISBN13: 9780836220629
ISBN10: 0836220625
Reference Edition:
Edition: None
Edition Statement: Repr.
Illustrations: b&w cartoons.
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 200
Book Weight: 499
Book Dimensions: 216x279x12.7
Circulation: None
Publication date: Oct. 1, 1984
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: Kansas City, United States

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