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Gary Larson and The Far Side

Kerry D. Soper


This book explores Gary Larson’s unlikely career as the creator of the groundbreaking, syndicated panel cartoon, The Far Side. To help contemporary readers understand the controversial qualities and cultural significance of Larson’s work, the author recreates the historical context in which The Far Side first emerged: the early 1980s when “family-friendly” mainstream mediums like the newspaper comics page were largely intolerant of alternative worldviews or irreverent brands of comedy. As a self-taught cartooning auteur with a morbid sense of humor and subversively scientific perspective on li ... More

Keywords: Alternative Comedy, Newspaper Comics, Panel Cartoons, Morbid Humor, Cartooning Auteur

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496817280
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerry D. Soper, author
Brigham Young University