If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(USA Today)   Interview with Gary Larson   ( usatoday.com) divider line
    More: Hero  
•       •       •

4679 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 22 Nov 2006 at 10:45 AM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

30 Comments     (+0 »)
2006-11-22 10:49:05 AM  
When people are asked, "Who, throughout history, would you invite to dinner?", they always answer Jesus, Shakespeare, etc.

I'd take Gary Larson in a heartbeat.
2006-11-22 10:53:44 AM  
"I don't get it."
2006-11-22 10:58:25 AM  
[image from img150.imageshack.us too old to be available]
2006-11-22 11:08:38 AM  
All you need to know from the article: He's not going to draw anymore. Although, he is going to release another page a day of classics.

I wish he would have done some books after he retired the daily strip. I could handle a new gallery every three years, it would be better than nothing.

The Far Side will likely always be my favorite newspaper comic.
2006-11-22 11:25:31 AM  
He liked what he heard and become a donor.

If copy editors are going to fark up, can they NOT do it in a Gary Larson interview?

/Still have a dayplanner from high school because it had weekly Far Side cartoons.
2006-11-22 11:26:20 AM  
Gary Larson, Berkely Breathed, and Bill Waterson... The 3 best in the world...

Over the course of the last decade my world has gotten a bit smaller and sadder. Though with the return of Opus in the Sunday papers, it's not been has bad, but oh how I miss them all..
2006-11-22 11:29:28 AM  
fark conservation.
Let 'em die. It means they're evolutionarily inferior. It is mankind's right - nay, our duty - to cull the world of such unfit specimens. If a species is fit enough to beat man at the evolutionary game, I say more power to 'em.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to log off. I believe I'm coming down with the flu...
2006-11-22 11:30:22 AM  
I think Larson and Watterson had it right.

Contrast their retirements to what Breathed chose to do. "Bloom County" was a great strip, "Outland" less so, "Opus" is total crap.

Breathed's to the point of reusing old jokes over and over. Prime example, the "soup" joke was done in Bloom County a loooong time ago. He did it from Academia Waltz to Bloom County, but nobody knew that first strip. Now it's just sad.

I find it hard to believe that "The Far Side" or "C&H" would have degraded if they continued to draw them, but perhaps it's best to leave the game on top and don't come back.
2006-11-22 11:31:00 AM  
[image from img.photobucket.com too old to be available]
From my profile.
2006-11-22 11:36:37 AM  
HERO, indeed. One of my favorites is the farmer's wife returning from the henhouse toting a basket of eggs and crossing paths with the mother hen returning from the farmhouse carrying a basket filled with babies.

Much as I love Far Side cartoons, please don't post any more here...Larson's crew is pretty touchy about that sort of thing.
2006-11-22 11:36:42 AM  
By far my favorite comic ever. I have pretty much every book ever put out, and I never get tired of them. The man is a genius.
2006-11-22 11:46:56 AM  
One of my all time favourites is actually an unpublished scetch of his from "The Pre-History of the Farside"

two dogs standing, one with a jar in his hands (paws?). in the jar a floating peanut shaped object. the caption is "They're my testicles. The Vet let me keep them."

I don't know why that tickles me so, but it does.
2006-11-22 11:56:36 AM  
Larson and Watterson, maybe Adams.

The first Far Side I think of is the lemming.
2006-11-22 12:47:16 PM  
Larson, Watterson and Breathed before he sucked. They rock.
2006-11-22 12:48:21 PM  
Cow Tools

I have no idea why that is funny.
2006-11-22 12:55:09 PM  
God--: Gary Larson, Berkely Breathed, and Bill Waterson... The 3 best in the world...

And Bill Mauldin, although he was the best in a particular niche.
2006-11-22 12:56:00 PM  

"I'd put him up there with Krazy Kat's George Herriman, Nancy's Ernie Bushmiller and Peanut's Charles Shultz as one of the great artists who have worked in the field of American comics," Thompson says.

Umm, Watterson? I realize he's getting the love in this thread, though.

BTW, I find "In the Bleachers" to be a Larson-esque sports comic.
2006-11-22 01:02:35 PM  

I've always been of the opinion that Breathed was an imitative second-rate dude. Trudeau was doing surreal semi-political hijinks before him, and some of his jokes are direct rips from Larson and Trudeau.

I'd say Adams definitely belongs in there-- he was Larson's main inspiration for "The funniest comics don't need text" philosophy. Like the lemming, running-shoes-cheetah, etc.
2006-11-22 01:13:44 PM  
Gary Trudeau needs to be mentioned. His strong political views and leanings detract from the pure "comic" aspect, but Doonesbury has been relavent (and funny) for years.
2006-11-22 01:17:21 PM  
CanuckGuy: "They're my testicles. The Vet let me keep them."

That was always one of my favorites too. I got that book when I was in 5th grade and took it to school to show everyone the dog testicles comic. To this day I still crack up whenever I think of that line.
2006-11-22 01:18:17 PM  
If you need a great gift, get the 2 volume Complete Farside. My Dad LOVED it.
2006-11-22 01:29:40 PM  
Trudeau is amazing. And he's remained relevant for a looooong time, none moreso now than he's started working with Iraq war vets who have lost limbs or been disabled. If you don't know what I'm talking about, google it. You'll be amazed.

Or just read this article from the Washington Post(registration required) (all links pop): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/20/AR200​6​10200044 6_pf.html

Or here:

"Trudeau was awarded the US Army's Commander's Award for Public Service in 2006 for his series of strips about BD's recovery following the loss of his leg in Iraq."
2006-11-22 01:37:09 PM  
If you need a great gift, get the 2 volume Complete Farside. My Dad LOVED it.

Indeed. Just make sure you have strong bookshelves. That sucker's heavy.
2006-11-22 04:05:24 PM  
I recommend The Perry Bible Fellowship

2006-11-22 05:04:18 PM  
wonderful article. i think I know what i'm getting several friends for xmas this year.

Also, the article *nailed* the fact that any lab, engineering office, science classroom, etc. I've ever worked in or visited has had at least a couple Far Side comics hanging somewhere, usually several.
2006-11-22 06:14:12 PM  
1)Not interested in Gary's take on conservation after reading him calling humans 'Nazis' for the purported death of species; he SHOULD have said 'PROACHERS' but that didnt seem to enter his mind.

2)Be GLAD he stopped doing because if he had'nt all of you biatching about him the way you are about Berke and would be in here talking about how bad and repetitive The Far Side has become

3)Regardless of the award he won, Trudeau is a hack.
His are the easy liberal politics of a rich man untouched by real life.
2006-11-22 06:18:46 PM  
Obdicut: I'd say Adams definitely belongs in there-- he was Larson's main inspiration for "The funniest comics don't need text" philosophy. Like the lemming, running-shoes-cheetah, etc.

whenever i think of larson, i think of running-shoes-cheetah. i laughed so hard at that comic i started choking and got a stomach cramp. it still cracks me up.
2006-11-22 07:07:08 PM  
2006-11-23 09:58:29 AM  
Larson and Watterson need to be located, arrested, and forced to draw again on a daily basis. They started a trend of a cartoonist becoming a genius, addicting the nation to their stuff, and just as they get everyone totally dependent on their daily fix, they quit and live off the royalties of the re-runs.

At least Breathed came back and showed us that he had nothing left to give, so he's excused.
2006-11-24 03:02:34 PM  
What, no love for Reid Fleming or Mallard Fillmore on this site?
Displayed 30 of 30 comments

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter

Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.