Gary Larson is a famous American author and retired cartoonist. He is most renowned for creating ‘The Far Side,’ international cartoon series for 15 years till 1995. This popular cartoon was published in over 1,900 newspapers. Gary Larson is well-known for authoring 23 cartoon books that sold over 45 million copies. Continue reading to find the estimated net worth of Gary Larson as of 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Gary Larson was born on 14th August 1950 in Tacoma in Washington in the US. Gary’s parents were Verner (car salesman) and Doris (a secretary). His older brother was named, Dan.
Gary Larson completed his schooling from Curtis Senior High School in University Place. After that, Gary Larson earned his Bachelor degree in Communications from Washington State University, Pullman. As a high school and college student, Gary played the banjo and guitar in the jazz style.
In 1987, Gary Larson and Toni Carmichael, an anthropologist, got married. Toni Carmichael helped Gary Larson managing his business.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
After his graduation, Gary Larson worked at a music store. In his spare time, Gary Larson created and drew cartoons. Initially, Gary Larson began with six cartoons that he submitted to Pacific Search. Regularly, Gary Larson submitted his created cartoons to the local newspaper in Seattle. Also, he submitted his cartoons to a Seattle-based magazine. This led to another magazine submission and weekly cartoon named ‘Nature’s Way’ for The Seattle Times. After that, Gary Larson was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle that published Gary’s cartoons under the name ‘The Far Side’ for the following 15 years. His cartoons were featured in collected works, gift cards, T-shirts, and more. He resigned as a creator of ‘The Far Side’ cartoonist (1995).
Gary Larson created the cover of ‘The New Yorker magazine’ edition 17th November 2003. According to Gary, it was a too prestigious offer to refuse. Gary Larson lent his voice in the 2010 Simpsons television series ‘Once Upon a Time in Springfield.’Over the years, Gary Larson authored more than 23 cartoon books that sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Gary Larson authored his best seller according to the New York Times. The book is entitled, ‘There’s a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm’s Story’ in October 1999.
Gary Larson won the Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award from the National Cartoonists Society (1985 and 1988). Gary Larson won the Reuben Award of the Society (1990 and 1994). The National Cartoonist Society has honored Gary Larson for various individual strips (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1995).
Net Worth & Earnings:
The net worth of Gary Larson is $75 Million. According to Forbes magazine, most of the net worth of Gary Larson comes from his profession as a cartoonist. His international cartoon collection ‘The Far Side’ was circulated in over 1,900 newspapers for 15 years. Gary Larson has earned from the sale of his created cartoons and publications. Gary Larson earned from the various merchandise for ‘The Far Side’ franchise.
Gary Larson still enjoys playing his jazz guitar. He had taken advanced lessons from two renowned jazz guitarists – Remo Palmier and Herb Ellis. In exchange, Gary Larson illustrated the cover of the album, ‘Doggin’ Around’ (Concord, 1988) by Herb Ellis and bassist Red Mitchell. Occasionally, Gary Larson illustrates for charity organizations.