When to call it quits (The Office or Farside?)

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I was extremely distraught when I was fifteen.  Gary Larson announced that he would no longer be making the Farside.  How could the greatest cartoonist ever just decide he’s done?  Shouldn’t we be able to vote on a decision this important?

After that, I never read the comics as religiously.  I felt like I had been betrayed — tricked into loving something was destined to break my heart.

But ever since I started writing, I understand where he is coming from.  There is a real humility in admitting you’ve taken something as far as you can without jeopardizing its quality.  I admire him for bowing out at the peak of his popularity instead of trying to cling desperately to any sort of cultural relevance.  I try to remember that modesty while I’m writing.

This memory came back to me recently after watching an episode from the Farewell Season of The Office.  I realized I no longer care about the plots.  Everything I wanted to see has happened.  I have gotten to know the characters as much as I wanted to.  The new plot lines feel like they’re stretching reality so everyone can have one more paycheck.

Thank you, Mr. Larson, for never putting me through that.

About Author Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson is the author of The Dax and Zippa Series, Monsters Midnight Feast, Wizards In The West, Butterflies Don't Chew Bubblegum and The Whens. View his Profile.

One thought on “When to call it quits (The Office or Farside?)

  1. I have a great deal of respect for Gary Larson and Bill Watterson for ending their comics on their own terms, at a time of their choosing, when they saw that they had been carried to their creative limits. Better to do that than drag things out far beyond their shelf life, and this is why I also respect shows like The Office and The West Wing for bringing things to a logical conclusion instead of wearing out their welcome.

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