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The PreHistory of The Far Side:: A 10th Anniversary Exhibit Paperback – September 5, 1989
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In the second part of the book Gary offers his original sketches and captions in comparison to how the comics actually came out. In most cases the final version was better, but not always. At the end of this portion of the book is a short section titled "stories" that is what it says, comics with a lengthy caption that is at the very least a short story. In some cases the caption could be a novel, if you think about the concept very long, which I do not recommend. You might suffer further brain damage.
The third part is really interesting. It shows how Gary or newspapers made mistakes. The mistakes were often subtle, sometimes blatant. Some of the more interesting mistakes happened when the caption of adjacent comic was switched with that of "The Far Side."
The fourth portion of the book was humorous independent of the comics. Gary offers comments from various people offended by his art. Considering the art and the comments offered, I suggest that in many cases people saw something that was not there, which makes me wonder where THEIR mind was at. In other cases, people need to remember that Gary is offering a perspective on the world, in comparison to how people see things. It does not mean that Gary is interested in actually seeing the things in his comics happening; usually.
The fifth and last portion of the book offers Gary's favorites.Read more ›
Material in the book includes Larson's childhood drawings; early, rough versions of some of his cartoons, along with the versions ultimately used; stories of the personal experiences behind certain panels; and more. One hilarious section records an editor's mistaken switch of a "Far Side" caption with a "Dennis the Menace" caption (Dennis has never been more menacing). And there's much more.
And of course, there's a straightforward gallery of some of Larson's twisted cartoons. Among the sights the reader will encounter are dog hell; the Secret Chipmunk Burial Grounds; a screening of an amoeba porn flick; and an encounter with the sinister Professor DeArmond -- "the epitome of evil amongst butterfly collectors!".
Larson's "Far Side" cartooons are a unique blend of satire, horror, science fiction, and surreal hilarity. If you're a fan, don't miss this collection.
From there, we fast forward to Larson's early adult life where he is working at a retail music store. One day he came to realize that his job was the pits and so he decided to try to break into the world of cartooning. He started out by drawing strips for small regional publications in the Pacific Northwest. Until 1979, when he began drawing Nature's Way for the Seattle Times. Nature's Way was the precursor to the Far Side and Larson feared that there might be trouble early on when he discovered that his strip, with its decidedly adult oriented humor, was placed next to Junior Jumble.
A year later, Larson decided to try to expand his strip beyond one newspaper and went to San Francisco where he succeeded in placing it with the Chronicle. Ironically, one day after the strip was accepted, the Seattle times axed Nature's Way ("I knew it shouldn't have been next to Junior Jumble" Larson grouses). The strip is re-christened the Far Side and makes its debut a week later. Before long it appears in other newspapers. When Larson's contract expired in 1984, he moved to Universal Press Syndicate.
From there, Larson proceeds to take us inside his creative process and show us what was going on in his mind when he drew his comics.Read more ›
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"The PreHistory of the Far Side" is a must for every Gary Larson fan. Far more than a collection of Far Side cartoons, in it Larson discusses the background of these... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Doug Erlandson
Far side collection. Nuff said. Sit back before bedtime for yourself or give to to the kids (10+) to enjoy. Try not to spit up your drink from laughing.Published 8 months ago by RocketOverTexas
I like how Gary points out different things with some of his drawings. He also talks about how he got into drawing. Fun book.Published 9 months ago by mitchswy
For anyone who both remembers and loved "The Far Side" comic strip that was created by Gary Larson will love this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janet Chandler
This is a fabulous book. I love the Farside, but a budding cartoonist, I was particularly looking to understand how he drew his cartoons. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nathaniel H. Rushfinn
I have always loved Gary Larson's humor. This book with it's commentary makes it doubly interesting and funny.
It gives great insight into his thinking.