Gary Larson was born on August 14, 1950 in Tacoma, Washington. Larson is the genius behind The Far Side, the popular cartoon panel that has been named the Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987 and was awarded the Max & Moritz Prize for Best International Comic Strip Panel by the International Comic Salon. He is has also received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonist Society in both 1991 and 1994. Larson has published 20 other Far Side books as well as There's a Hair in My Dirt: A Worm's Story, a non-Far Side related story.
Steve Martin was born in Northumberland in the far north of England. After graduating in English, he spent many years teaching English to adults - including 15 years teaching literacy in prisons. Steve now lives in the English Midlands, with his wife and two sons and makes his living from a wide range of writing including children's non-fiction, business communication and developing e-learning materials.