He submitted his cartoons to a small town's newspaper and magazine and they liked his material. He then went to The Seattle Times and they liked his material so much that they gave him a weekly spot in their paper titled: "Nature's Way." To supplement his income during this time he worked for the human society as a cruelty investigator.
Wanting to draw cartoons full time he took his works to a larger newspaper: The San Frisco Times, which was owned by a syndicate with newspapers all across the country. They not only wanted his works for their paper, they wanted his cartoons syndicated which really put him on the map.
On January 1, 1980, his works were first released and his last cartoon was published 15 years later when he retired at the age of 45. He was burnt out and wanted to travel the world, so he and his wife, who is an anthropologist, began travelling.
He became extremely wealthy after he retired as his cartoons have been consolidated into four books and they've sold over 45 million copies. This great cartoonist is Gary Larson and his cartoon series is called: "Far Side." He's definitely a twistedly funny guy.