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The Curse of Madame "C" (A Far Side Collection) Paperback – October 1, 1994

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About the Author

The Far Side was syndicated in more than 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Gary Larson retired. During its run, the cartoon spawned 22 books from AMP, which were translated into a total of 17 different languages. For his work with The Far Side, Larson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist from the National Cartoonists Society in 1991 and 1994. The group also named The Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews and McMeel Publishing; English Language edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836217632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836217636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Larson lives in Oregon with his wife and a Big dog. Although retired from his job as a daily syndicated cartoonist, he is now turning his graphical talent to new forms of technology.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
These are some of the funniest Far Side cartoons. This is probably the funniest Far Side collection, in my opinion. A must have for any real Far Side fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "dybo" on April 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Yet another from the pen of Gary Larson. This is an incredibly funny book, but if you are a Far Side fan you probably do not need to be told this fact. They are all incredibly funny. The Curse of Madame "C" begins with the story of how the Far Side began. The story is a humorous take on An American Werewolf in London. It shows how a young Larson met all of the characters he would later write about and how he would be cursed with a need to write cartoons.
After the story ends the zany cartoons begin. From longcows to cow field trips. Mummies, aliens, neanderthals, and much, much more. This book will make you laugh from start to finish. You'll want to read it again and again. You'll want to loan it to all of your friends. You will love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KNO2skull on February 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
This story tells the tale of Gary Larson's journey into madness, when he confronts an evil gypsy cow that curses him to forever entertain people with riotous cartoons. The start of the book relates his adventures against "Madame "C"", a molevelent cow. It is a wonderful, (and thankfully short), tale concerning his frightful encounter in a smooth color cartoon over several pages.
The rest of the book details, in b&w cartoon format, the humorous trials and tevails of various critters such as worms, pigeons, and cowhands. If you haven't read a "Far Side", you won't know what I'm talking about and you've had your head in the sand for the past 20 years or so. Buy the book, for the love of Mike!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Yousef Fadel on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you like Larson, you will like this book.

But, unless you are a pack-rat, and need to have the three or four pages in color at the beginning of the book, is better to buy "The Far Side Gallery 5" which has all the cartoons of this book, and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
"The Curse of Madame 'C'" contains nearly 180 cartoons from the pen of Gary Larson. Like the other Far Side anthologies, this one is representative of Larson's strange, offbeat humor involving various animal species (including the strangest species of all--homo sapien), and even talking spoons and forks. In addition, there is a full-color bonus feature at the front, which runs for several pages, and describes how Larson fell under the spell of Madame "C," a bovine disguised as a human being, who put him under a curse whereby he is consigned to draw the cartoons of the Far Side.

Many of these cartoons are also found in The Far Side Gallery 5. So, if you already have that volume you may want to reconsider buying "The Curse of Madame 'C'"; however, if you do, you'll miss the illustrated story at the front of this book, which even by itself may be worth the price of the collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Wafford on July 2, 2012
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Gary Larson never disappoints. His sense of humor is absolutely wicked, and his rough-hewn artwork somehow reinforces his jokes much better than a more polished presentation. If only Gary Larson were president and Dave Barry vice president! Our national economy might not be any better, but our collective mood certainly would be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
The cartoons in this collection are hysterical, my favorite by far is on page 56. The setting is bathroom stalls from the front and we can see two pairs of feet under two adjacent doors. One pair is wrapped in bandages which are coming off. The caption reads: "It was an innocent mistake, but nevertheless, a moment later Maurice found himself receiving the full brunt of the mummy's wrath." I roared at this one, it is one of the funniest cartoons I have ever seen.

Larson is one of the best cartoonists ever, his diagrams are never cluttered and they generally are a combination of visual and verbal puns. I can read and reread his cartoons several times and never fail to get a chuckle. Which is what I did with this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on August 9, 2007
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Reading through my old Far Side collections like this one leaves me with two thoughts. The first is how funny The Far Side is. The other is how much I miss it. Until Gary Larson comes to his hilariously heightened senses and decides his long break is over and actually begins drawing his legendary series again, trips down memory lane will have to do, and do nicely. As for The Curse of Madame "C" it's among Larson's funniest and best anthologies, and one of the greatest parts is its prologue wherein we learn with a wink and a nudge exactly why The Far Side is so populated with bovines. Just a great little book to own and keep for a rainy day.
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