'Far Side' Cartoonist Gary Larson The Complete Far Side 1980-1994 hits stores this week. It's a two-volume hardcover set that includes every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated. The Far Side thrived for 14 years and appeared in more than 1,900 newspapers worldwide. Larson has published more than 20 books featuring his cartoons. In 1994, Larson completed his first animated film Gary Larson's Tales from the Far Side. His second animated film, Gary Larson's Tales From the Far Side II, has appeared at the Telluride Film Festival. He lives in Seattle.