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Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1950, cartoonist and author of The Far Side Gary, Larson was an avid reader of comics himself from a young age. However, (1) . It was science, and more especially, biology.
Larson graduated from Washington State University in 1972 with a degree in communications. He had planned to pursue a career in the field of writing television commercials. However, upon graduation he formed a jazz duo with himself on guitar and banjo(2) . His duo folded after three years and then he found a job at a music store in Lynwood, Washington. He soon realized that this job wasn't meant for him, and decided to concentrate on drawing.
He took some samples of his work to the editor of a magazine called Pacific Search in Seattle. The editor loved them, and Larson quit his job at the music store
(3) . This comic, called "Nature's Way" is described by Larson as a "Mesozoic Far Side".
Drawing didn't earn much at first, so Larson got a job as an investigator for the local Humane Society. Then a reporter who Larson met (4) . "Nature's Way" began to be published in the Seattle Times' Saturday paper in the children's section.
During a vacation, Larson drove down to San Francisco with his portfolio of comics. In 1979 he approached the San Francisco Chronicle's office to show off his work. This soon led to a syndication contract for his cartoon, "Nature's Way". The editors changed its name to "The Far Side". On January 1, 1980, "The Far Side" debuted in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Slowly taken up by more and more newspapers, The Far Side (5) from daily panels on January 1, 1995. At that time, the panel was appearing in more than 1,900 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide. Quite a number of "Far Side" books were produced which topped best seller lists. (6) including the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, and the Max & Moritz Price for Best International Comic Strip/Panel.
Larson has also completed two animated films, "Gary Larson's Tales From The Far Side" I and II, which were completed in 1994 and 1997, and were screened at international film festivals.
Gary Larson lives in Seattle, Washington.