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Comics for All Ages: The FarSide

FarSide Books

The FarSide

Larson, Gary. The FarSide® Gallery. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1984. Print.

FarSide is a single still frame comic that handles surreal situations and relies frequently on both visual and verbal cues to portray the point of the comic. Because of its non-reliance on a set cast of characters, Larson is free to imagine a new world within each day’s strip that covers a wide variety of topics, situations, and events.

Visual and Textual Style: gray tone, anthropomorphic, surreal

Potential readers/appeal factors: somewhat morbid sense of humor, non-sequential so previous knowledge of characters is not necessary, twisted, simple jokes

Awards

  • Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award awarded by the National Cartoonists Society in 1985 and 1988
  • Won the Reuben Award in 1990 and 1994
  • Recognized by the National Cartoonist Society for various individual strips in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995
  • Max & Moritz Prize for Best International Comic Strip/Panel

Other pertinent information

  • All of Larson’s FarSide books have been on The New York Times Best Seller list.
  • Three insect species have been named after Larson

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