Gary Larson created The Far Side, a comic strip that was published from 1979 until 1995. It is one of the most well-known comic strips of all time, appearing in over 1900 newspapers throughout the world. With all due respect to some of the other amazing comic strips available, The Far Side outperformed them.

“The Far Side” first aired on December 31, 1979, and ran through January 1, 1995. At its peak, the syndicated single-panel comic was purportedly carried by almost 2,000 newspapers and translated into other languages.

“The Far Side” is well-known for its weird and twisted sense of humour, as well as Larson’s passion for painting animals. It was a big success, and it spawned a wave of popular compilation books, calendars, cards, and other collectibles. By 1995, Larson, on the other hand, was ready to move on.

“It felt fantastic not to have a deadline the day after I retired from syndication,” Larson continues. “When I moved on to other hobbies, drawing was no longer on my must-do list.”
But, as he says, “things change.”

“But, getting back to the matter at hand,” he continues, “something happened in my life a few years ago, and it all started with a clogged pen.” “I had occasional links to cartooning, such as my wife’s and my own Christmas cards, notwithstanding my retirement.” Every year, I sat down to meet Santa, and it always began with the same ritual: swearing and then emptying out my blocked pen.

“The ‘New Stuff’ you’ll discover here is the result of my journey into the domain of digital art,” he explains. “Believe me when I say that this has been a challenging learning experience for me.” I came from a pen-and-ink world and found myself at the controls of a 747. (It’s true that I don’t get out very much.) Even though I was feeling overwhelmed, there was something familiar about the situation — a sense of adventure. That concept of exploring, reaching for something, taking some risks, sometimes hitting a home run, and sometimes coming up with “Cow tools” was at the heart of what I enjoyed most when drawing The Far Side.

Credit: The Far Side By Gary Larson

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