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Interview archive: 1986 20/20 interviews Gary Larson

Here’s a gem from a 1986 20/20 interview with The Far Side creator Gary Larson.

Via Tyson Cole

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#1 Alec Fritz
February/28/2013
@ 7:52 am

This was a great find, the Far Side was a huge inspiration for my comic and it was great to see him talk about his work. For more great insights on the Far Side, people should check out “The Prehistory of the Far Side” He talks about how he began and does a lot of commentary on the making of his comics.

#2 Stephen Beals
February/28/2013
@ 7:58 am

Wow, Hugh Downs looks so young.

#3 David Cohen
February/28/2013
@ 8:04 am

Fun to see Gary working and demonstrating—
Love the irony of Vince Guaraldi’s music playing in the background!

#4 Dale stout
February/28/2013
@ 8:38 am

Barbara Walters looks the same.

#5 Dave Nelson
February/28/2013
@ 2:06 pm

Great post! I actually saddens me a little because the days when the comment “did you see today’s _______ comic?” are pretty much over. I don’t see another comic strip icon like Larson or Watterson evolving in the near future. Not only do people share content without compensation but what they share is usually one meme after another.

Instead of wondering what Snoopy will say in today’s paper, we can now look to facebook for another 6-word rant pasted on the picture of a grumpy cat.

#6 Joe Groshek
February/28/2013
@ 2:26 pm

I love Gary’s work. I own most of his books, and still like to re-read them when I need a good laugh.
I agree with Dave Nelson, I don’t mean to be dating myself (only 49), but I remember as a kid my parents used to post Family Circus, Freddy, Priscilla’s Pop, and Mr. Tweedy comics on our ‘fridge all the time. Comics that people could relate to having kids and just plain funny. I need to unfriend some friends on FB that constantly post cute animal pictures with obnoxious comments, and those crappy, sappy, motivational pictures…….they just bung up my FB pages! Even commercials on TV are just as stupid! Coke or McDonald’s should run a campaign of their old commercials from the ’60’s and ’70’s where the jingles and slogans were just fun to watch. I sometimes boycott companies and products just because their commercials are so ridiculous. Ok, jumping off my soapbox now.

#7 Phil Judd
February/28/2013
@ 3:26 pm

What find. Love his humour and cartoons style. Great to finally see something of how he thought and di the actual comics. This is a rare opportunity for us fans. Think he’s off somewhere playing jazz guitar nowdays.

#8 Joe Engesser
March/1/2013
@ 9:23 am

Ahhhhh glory days…rerun TFS!

#9 Pete McDonnell
March/1/2013
@ 11:49 am

His success was a boon to the newspaper comics page; his humor was refreshingly lopsided, quirky without being cruel. The best panel comic today for my money is Bizarro, which is quite different but consistently good.

#10 Frank Mariani
March/1/2013
@ 12:10 pm

gud stuf

#11 Tyson Cole
March/2/2013
@ 3:27 pm

Thanks for the reference, but I actually found it via Mike Lynch. http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/

#12 Pedro Molina
March/8/2013
@ 11:45 am

Good!

#13 Dane Griffin
April/7/2013
@ 7:19 am

I have very fond memories of reading and laughing loudly to Far Side cartoons in my teenage years. They were always so sharp and perceptive.

I’m sure I have a compilation book somewhere. I must fish it out.

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