Chronicle Features and Universal Press Syndicate syndicated Gary Larson’s single-panel comic The Far Side, which ran from December 31, 1979 through January 1, 1995. (when Larson retired as a cartoonist). Sometimes it is based on awkward social settings, unusual incidents or an anthropomorphic perspective of the world. Other times it is inspired by proverbial references (often perverted) or the search for meaning in life. As a result of his biology training, Larson’s comics frequently feature animals and nature.
Many newspapers continue to carry reruns of “The Far Side,” which has been published in more than 1,900 daily publications in 17 languages. As of July 2020, Larson began sketching new Far Side strips for the comic’s official website after a 25-year absence.
With the Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award and Reuben Award, Larson’s work on the comic was acknowledged by the National Cartoonist Society in 1985 and 1988, respectively. “The Far Side” won the 2020 Webby People’s Voice Award for Humor in the category “Web”.
Credit: The far side by Gary Larson