Larson has published 22 The Far Side books including 15 collections, five anthologies and one retrospective, each of which has made it to The New York Times Best Seller List. Thirty-one million books have been sold worldwide, and have been translated into every major language. Current merchandising of The Far Side include everyday and seasonal greeting cards, mugs, calendars, t-shirts and a line of personal organizer products.
In 1994, Larson completed his first animated film, "Gary Larson's Tales From The Far Side," which aired in the US as a Halloween Special on the CBS network and was also awarded the Grand Prix at the 1995 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France. In 1997, Larson's second animated film "Gary Larson's Tales From The Far Side II" premiered in Europe at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival and in the United States at the Telluride Film Festival.
Larson attributes much of his success to the caffeine in the numerous cups of coffee he drinks daily as well as the enlightening (endarkening?) time his older brother compelled him to spend in the basement as a child. He now lives above ground in Seattle, Washington USA.
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Themes in The Far Side were often surreal, such as "How cows behave when no human watches", or "The unexpected dangers of being an insect". Often, the behavior of supposedly superior humans is compared with that of animals: surrounded by dense fences and houses, a father explains to his son that a bird song is a territorial marking common to the lower animals. Animals and other creatures were frequently presented anthropomorphically. For example, one strip shows a family of spiders driving in a car with a "Have a Nice Day" bumper sticker, featuring a "smiley face" with eight eyes.
Gary Larsonís Far Side cartoons were syndicated worldwide and published in many collections. They were also reproduced extensively on greetings cards which continue to be popular. Two animated versions, "Tales from the Far Side" and "Tales from the Far Side II", were produced for television.
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Gary Larson even received the honor of having a newly-discovered insect species named after him. The Strigiphilus garylarsoni is a biting louse of a genus only found on owls.
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