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Book Title: The Far Side Observer|
The author of the book: Gary Larson
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Edition: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date of issue: October 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780836220988
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 388 KB
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Another excellent Far Side collection with a couple of classics, some outright groaners, a few uncomfortably cruel gags, and a lot of laugh-out-loud ideas. As usual, about half show animals or bugs engaged in anthropomorphic activities to comment wryly on the absurdity of human habits. Some favorites here show young Dizzy Gillespie at his seventh birthday party blowing on a party favor with his trademark puffed cheeks, geese looking at a slideshow of their favorite migrations, crash-test dummies getting revenge by forcing humans into a test car, two lost and ill-fated desert wanderers tossing aside their last can of "Buzzard Begone," a kid using a "Monster Snorkel" so he can breathe while hiding under the covers, two big- headed tourists canoeing down a wild river while being ogled by head hunters in the next boat, clowns sticking out tongues at each other across the table at the Strategic Pie Limitation Talks, a wife berating her husband for forgetting to stock a can opener while inside an underground fallout shelter full of canned goods as Armaggedon rages outside, a man using a Time-Life Guide to Home Surgery while trying to do some invasive DIY on his hapless wife, two morons being turned away from Jack's Diner with the admonition; "No brains, no service," a gathering in a teepee in which the chief (through a translator) informs them that "someone...here...walk...through...buffalo field" (a takeoff on the old "buffalo upstream" joke), a cow peddling contentment at the door of another cow by handing out brochures for Cowtology, a beaver looking into his refrigerator at an assortment of gnawing wood, a depiction of the "second to the last of the Mohicans," an Indian trying to lead a rain dance from a "101 Rain Dances" guidebook and realizing some error has occurred as egg beaters fall from the sky, a caveman sitting at the dinner table complaining when his wife serves "primordial soup again?", the revelation that Albert Einstein was headed for the NBA until an injury sidelined him toward a science career, a Transylvania citizen in an angry torch-bearing mob marching on Frankenstein's castle who is crestfallen that the torch he bought at "Bob's" discount torch store has burnt out, a young scholar pushing into the door at Midvale School for the Gifted when the door says "pull" (a classic, in my opinion), two corpses on gurneys being pushed through and converging in a rye field with the caption: "when a body meets a body comin' through the rye," a police detective interrogating a seemy suspect and chastising a note-taking confession taker: "You idiot! Don't write that down--his name ain't Puddin' Tame!" (for some reason, I laughed harder at this than any other panel in the book), and a split-panel showing the heaven-bound welcomed and presented with harps and their hell-bound counterparts being given accordians.
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Read information about the authorGary Larson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were Vern, a car salesman, and Doris, a secretary. He attended Curtis High School before attending Washington State University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in communications. In 1987, Larson married Toni Carmichael, an archaeologist.
Larson credits his older brother Dan for his "paranoid" sense of humor. Dan would pull countless pranks on Gary, taking advantage of his phobia of monsters under the bed by, for example, waiting in the closet for the right moment to pounce out at Gary. Dan is also credited with giving Gary his love of science. They caught animals in Puget Sound and placed them in terrariums in the basement; even making a small desert ecosystem, which their parents apparently did not mind. His adept use of snakes in his cartoons stems from his long-standing interest in herpetology.
Since retiring from the Far Side, Larson has occasionally done some cartooning work, such as magazine illustrations and promotional artwork for Far Side merchandise.
In 1998, Larson published his first post-Far Side book, There's a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm's Story, an illustrated story with the unmistakable Far Side mindset.
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