The Far Side Cryptids

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 7th, 2015

The very first ‘The Far Side’ cartoon I ever saw. I laughed for 3 days thinking about it…

Gary Larson included various cryptids in his cartoons, including lizard men and Bigfoot.


It’s hard to believe the last panel of Gary Larson’s wildly popular comic strip “The Far Side” ran 20 years ago: January 1, 1995. The comics page of the LA Times (and many other papers) still feels empty without it.

During its 14-year run, “The Far Side” brought a new style of humor to newspaper comics that was weird, outré and hilarious. The strip became an international phenomenon, appearing in over 1,900 newspapers worldwide. Larson won both the National Cartoonists’ Society Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and the Best Syndicated Panel Award. An exhibit of original artwork from the strip broke attendance records at natural history museums in San Francisco, Denver and here in L.A. Fans bought tens of millions of “Far Side” books and calendars.

Much of the humor in “The Far Side” derived from Larson’s seemingly effortless juxtaposition of the mundane and bizarre. When a bug-housewife declares “I’m leaving you, Charles…and I’m taking the grubs with me,” it’s the utter normalcy of the scene that makes it so funny. Mrs. Bug wears cats eye glasses, while Mr. Bug reads his newspaper in an easy chair with a doily on the back.

The Complete Far Side” contains every strip ever syndicated: more than 4,000 panels. It should probably come with a warning label, “Caution: reading this book may result in hyperventilation from uncontrollable laughter.”


See also: The Far Side of Cryptozoology

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About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

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