Growing up, I was a faithful reader of The Far Side by Gary Larson. My dad always brought home his newspaper from work (do people still even read newspapers on actual paper anymore?) and I’d go straight to the comics section to read The Far Side. I’ve always loved the humor of Gary Larson, even if some of his cartoons made seemingly no sense. But one of the things I liked most about him was that he often dealt with things in the paranormal realm, like UFOs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, ghosts, and anthropomorphic cows (which I think would fall under the “cryptozoology” category). Anyways, I’ve recently rediscovered The Far Side, as I have most of the book collections of the cartoons and have been reading them at night before bed. So I figured I’d share a few of my favorite paranormally-themed Far Side cartoons on Fridays. I’m apparently a fan of alliteration, too.
This week’s cartoon is one of my favorites, and I think it’s funny how movies and TV shows always show us either the best or worst of our own traits in aliens. They are either gentle helpers (like in “E.T.”) or apocalyptic invaders (“Independence Day”). We rarely get to see the other human traits, such as the tendency to do something clumsy and embarrassing at the exact wrong moment.