My Personal Far Side

As a wanna-be cartoonist with repressed delusions of grandeur, yesterday’s trip back thru time was surprisingly therapeutic for me. It’s been years since I looked at those old Mac toons, and since I am mostly likely (still) the only person reading this blog, I’m starting another therapy session by posting a different comic strip I worked on.

I don’t know a lot of cartoonists, but I’d like to think that many of them have tried their hand at being the next Gary Larson. Larson, you may recall, created The Far Side, this amazing, surreal single-panel strip that was wildly successful and wildly imaginative. Larson, along with Breathed and Watterson, defined my childhood (with a touch of Unger). Some strips, like Tony Carrillo’s F-Minus and Dan Piraro’s Bizarro, stand out as worthy successors to the Far Side, and there are many others.

Pocket Lint was my attempt at being Larson-esque. I loved the name “pocket lint” because for me, at the end of the day, that was what cartooning was all about. You go through life, observe a bunch of stuff, and come home and empty your mental pockets. You find some lint, a paper clip, some loose change, and maybe a dry cleaning receipt.

And maybe, something funny. I’ve posted a few of my favorites below.

This is probably one of my all-time favorites. So much so that I made an animated version of it here.

This is probably one of my all-time favorites. So much so that I made an animated version of it here.

Another favorite. It's an easy gag, but can you imagine a huge roll of toilet paper?

Another favorite. It’s an easy gag, but can you imagine a huge roll of toilet paper?

This is another one that I animated here.

This is another one that I animated here.

If you grew up in a churchy environment, this one will either annoy you or make you laugh.

If you grew up in a churchy environment, this one will either annoy you or make you laugh.

I had a black lab named Baxter. He had hip dysplasia. I draw what I know.

I had a black lab named Baxter. He had hip dysplasia. I draw what I know.

I like the implications of this one. A super beaver on the loose.

I like the implications of this one. A super beaver on the loose.

"The club" was more popular when I drew this than it is now.

“The club” was more popular when I drew this than it is now.

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