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
- 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