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Great one! I never saw this before. He did a few that involved animals speaking at conventions -- my favorite was the classic with the dinosaur saying something like, "Well, gentlemen, the picture looks bleak -- the glaciers are advancing, the mammals are taking over, and we all have brains the size of a walnut."
Unfortunately, I sold my FAR SIDE collection at a flea market book sale last year (what was I thinking?), and now I am reaping the bad karma I generated. In the process of trying to find his cartoons online, I came across this notice from Larson himself, who apparently objected to the unauthorized reproduction of his work on the net -- understandable, though very disappointing:
One of his squid-toons that I remember in particular was titled "The Squid Family on a Road Trip", with one of the "squidkids" in back whining, "Mom, Jimmy won't keep his tentacles on his side of the car!"
In the collection I had, the Foreword was written by none other than the late Stephen Jay Gould -- one of my favorite evolutionary scientists, even though I disagree with his strict atheism. Not many cartoonists could boast of an endorsement from such a distinguished source!
I'm sure a "pilgrimage" to Amazon.com or Half.com will turn up some Larson anthologies, all of which are worth having around.
i guess to make up for the fact i scanned something out of one of the books, i should suggest people try his first post farside book, "There's a hair in my dirt" about a family of worms....plus it has a moral too....