Few single-panel comics have been as influential and beloved as Gary Larson's The Far Side. Larson's surreal world is populated with all manner of creature: cows, wiener dogs, penguins, dinosaurs. Another common denizen of The Far Side is that much maligned and often misunderstood reptile, the humble snake. Larson's interest in serpents comes from real life experience, including one that almost ended the cartoonist's career as it was getting started.
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