Results for - The Genius And Far Side Of Gary Larson

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Always drawn to nature, Gary Larson spent his youth exploring the woods and swamps near his home. Oddly enough, this love of nature led him to become a cartoonist, whose prime target of humour WAS nature. Though he loved to draw as a child, Larson didn't formally study art, nor did he consider being a cartoonist. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in communications but took many classes in the sciences. He was working in a music store (music being another of his passions) when he realized how much he hated his job. During that time, he decided to try cartooning. In 1976, he drew six cartoons and submitted them to a newspaper, and the rest is history. In 1990, Larson received the Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award and was the centennial commencement speaker. His talk was titled

1. Always drawn to nature, Gary Larson spent his youth exploring the woods and swamps near his home. Oddly enough, this love of nature led him to become a cartoonist, whose prime target of humour WAS nature. Though he loved to draw as a child, Larson didn't formally study art, nor did he consider being a cartoonist. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in communications but took many classes in the sciences. He was working in a music store (music being another of his passions) when he realized how much he hated his job. During that time, he decided to try cartooning. In 1976, he drew six cartoons and submitted them to a newspaper, and the rest is history. In 1990, Larson received the Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award and was the centennial commencement speaker. His talk was titled "The Importance of Being Weird" -- a fitting talk given his love of the weird. His most famous achievement was by far The Far Side cartoons, which he created for fifteen years, from 1980 to 1995. Are you a fan of The Far Side?

Yes
38%
828 votes
No
21%
464 votes
Like some of the comics
19%
412 votes
Have never seen any of these comics
23%
496 votes
In 2019, after 25 years

2. In 2019, after 25 years "retirement", Larson released his comics online -- something he had never done -- and then, in 2020, he started to release some new comics called "New Stuff". He felt the world may need a good laugh in 2020, but promised the comics would have the same eternal appeal as all his other work -- not relying on pop culture or topical references. Do you like his style of humour?

Yes
50%
1,106 votes
No
16%
350 votes
Not familiar with his style of work
20%
439 votes
Not familiar with his style of work, but from what I see here, I like it
14%
305 votes
Larson has some favourite targets -- notably cows and household pets. Do you appreciate the humour in this strip?

3. Larson has some favourite targets -- notably cows and household pets. Do you appreciate the humour in this strip?

Yes
59%
1,289 votes
No
19%
407 votes
Undecided
23%
504 votes
How about this one?

4. How about this one?

Yes
56%
1,227 votes
No
21%
466 votes
Undecided
23%
507 votes
Larson did not always hit a home run. One of his most maligned comics was so odd, Larson himself had to issue a statement defending it. It was supposed to satirize the outdated anthropological belief that, of all creatures, only Homo sapiens make tools. Larson said

5. Larson did not always hit a home run. One of his most maligned comics was so odd, Larson himself had to issue a statement defending it. It was supposed to satirize the outdated anthropological belief that, of all creatures, only Homo sapiens make tools. Larson said "The cartoon was meant to be an exercise in silliness. I regret that my fondness for cows, combined with an overactive imagination, may have carried me beyond what is comprehensible to the average 'Far Side' reader." OK, so here it is -- do you get it (I certainly did not)?

No
46%
1,017 votes
Yes, immediately
16%
348 votes
Yes, but only after reading the information in the question
18%
395 votes
Did not even waste any time trying to get it
20%
440 votes
01/17/2021 Trivia 2250 34 By: Harriet56

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