The Far Side Greeting Cards
In March of 2009, Gary Larson made the decision to retire the Far Side line of greeting cards.
After many years of bringing laughter and smiles to his fans, it was time to retire the cards
to that great pasture in the sky and there's one thing we can all agree upon... there are probably
a lot of cows and chickens in that pasture.
Although it's sad to think that we will never enjoy another Far Side greeting card, we hope that
you take a look at some of our funny greeting cards. Some of them even feature cows and chickens!
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The Far Side by Gary Larson
For years, the comic "The Far Side" has brought laughs to readers all around the world and the
longevity of the comic strip is evident in the ongoing life of Gary Larson's work in greeting cards and
books. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1950, and graduating from Washington State University in 1972, Larson
didn't immediately begin drawing. Upon graduation he formed a jazz duo with a friend, but it folded a few
years later and he began working at a music store. 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 to begin writing comics for a living. This comic,
called "Nature's Way" is described by Larson as a "Mesozoic Far Side". Eventually, his
work was shown to an editor at the Seattle Times. "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.
The Far Side thrived for fourteen years until Larson retired from daily panels on January 1, 1995. At
that time, the panel was appearing in more than 1,900 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide. Multiple
"Far Side" books have been produced with many topping best seller lists. Larson also
received many awards including the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
Gary Larson lives in Seattle, Washington while his imagination lives on in his cartoons.