April 8, 2011

The Others - Gary Larson

Now how did Gary Larson end up in my Friday feature? Admittedly he's not exactly a writer in the usual sense of the word. But seeing how the fattest and heaviest tome I possess is his The Complete Far Side 1980-1994 – and yes, we're talking almost 20 pounds here, so not exactly something you might want to read on the bus, or in a relaxing bubble bath, for that matter – this cartoonist certainly deserves a place among all the other featured authors, or let's just call them imaginative and creative folks who work their magic with pen and paper.

I'm pretty sure that everyone will have seen one of The Far Side cartoons somewhere, and if you're unsure whether you have I recommend you to just google it and trust me, you will be in awe when you see just how many results you get.

What makes his cartoons so special? Well, it's the perfect combination of surrealistic humor and an anthropomorphic view of the world. The humor is often based on uncomfortable social situations, improbable events, logical fallacies, impending bizarre disasters, or the search for meaning in life. And let's not forget the frequent use of animals. Cows, anyone?

Obviously I would love to share some of Gary's cartoons here, but there's this ugly thing called copyright infringement. Even more so, there's this letter attributed to Gary Larson, about the spreading of his cartoon on the internet. And quite frankly, I absolutely agree.

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