OK, if you have seen any of my mental health cartoons comics by now, you may have concluded my drawing style is that of a ‘gag’ cartoonist. Also know as a magazine or single cell cartoonist. I was ‘drawn’ to this style from my love of Gary Larson’s The FAR SIDE series. I would read his books over and over again almost to the point of obsession! My favorites were “The Far Side Observer,” “ The Chickens Are Restless,” and of course, “Last Chapter and Worse: A Far Side Collection.”
Gary Larson’s sense of humor resonated within me and evoked a feeling of shared humorous comradery. Larson’s work came into my life when I was a young boy just hitting the awkward tween years. I was around 12 when I saw my first Far Side in the Sunday Paper in Boston. Living in a dysfunctional family filled with violence, verbal and physical abuse, I found comfort within his humor.
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