Yesterday I saw two of the most tragic Far Side comics I had ever seen. One showed a man on a deserted island writing a SEND HELP note on a piece of paper. Behind him, a coconut had fallen and shattered his only bottle. In the other, a butterfly which had just emerged from its cocoon flew straight into a spider’s web. I don’t know where Gary Larson gets his ideas. Only he can make such futile tragedy seem utterly hilarious with such perfect style. Aw, too bad he retired.