A collective wail was heard earlier this year when readers of 1,900 newspapers discovered that Gary Larson was bowing out of daily cartooning. But fear not! Politically correct swamp monsters, fortune-telling chickens, boxing crabs, cows relaxing in a hay bar, and other creatures wrought from the imagination of this notoriously warped and wonderful wit come into readers' lives once again in his latest collection of uniquely wacky cartoons.
For his work with The Far Side ®, Gary Larson received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in both 1991 and 1994. The National Cartoonists Society also named The Far Side ® Best Syndicated Panel in 1985 and 1987. In 1993, The Far Side ® was awarded the Max and Moritz Prize for Best International Comic Strip/Panel by the International Comics Salon. The October 1994 debut of Larson's animated film Gary Larson's Tales from The Far Side ® as a prime-time Halloween special on the CBS TV network was named to Time magazine's Top 10 List for the Best Television of 1994. It won the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Festival in Annecy, France. His second animated film, Gary Larson's Tales from The Far Side ® II , premiered in 1997 in the United States at the Telluride Film Festival and in Europe at the Brussels and Venice International Film Festivals.