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.