‘Far Side’ Creator Gary Larson Helping to Save a Mountain

By: E&P Staff

“The Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson is helping in a campaign to prevent developers from building on a 1,578-acre nature spot, according to an article in today’s Seattle Times.

A coalition of conservation groups has one more month to raise money to buy Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island, which is off the coast of Washington state.

According to Stuart Eskenazi’s Times story, Larson has created a cartoon for the campaign. The art appears on T-shirts given to people who donate at least $150. It pictures doctors tending to the mountain in a hospital emergency room. One doctor is applying a defibrillator while another is removing developers and tossing them into the garbage.

Last month, about 1,200 people paid to attend a rally for Turtleback. The event raised $200,000 — including $32,000 from the sale of a limited-edition “Complete Far Side” book and lithograph set that Larson signed.

Larson and his wife, who own a place on Orcas Island, are members of the campaign’s steering committee.

“The Far Side” was running in nearly 2,000 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate when Larson ended the comic panel in the mid-1990s.

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