Randy Glasbergen is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists and humorous illustrators. His freelance and syndicated cartoons are seen all over the world in newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, books, calendars, advertising and social media. In addition to traditional media, Randy’s creations have also been used in projects as diverse as scratch-off cards for the UK National Lottery, animated banner advertising, refrigerator magnets, boxer shorts, dog raincoats, restaurant menus, public display screens, and taxi cab TV screens.
PERSONAL INFO: Randy began his professional cartoonist career at age 15 and began freelancing full-time after a year of journalism studies in Utica, New York. Aside from a year spent as a staff humor writer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, he has been a full-time freelance cartoonist since 1976. Randy lives in a small town in rural New York State with his wife and an assortment of dogs, cats, guinea pigs and fish. He works at home in a cluttered studio that occupies the third floor of his creaky old Victorian home (formerly a boarding house for local school teachers). When he’s not at the drawing board or computer, Randy enjoys walking his basset hounds and spending time with his family. He is a collector of Popeye, Monkees, and GI Joe memorabilia and a fan of amateur women’s roller derby.
CUSTOMERS INCLUDE: Harvard Business Review, Macy’s, Hallmark Cards, International Olympic Committee, IBM, China Daily, La Nacion Costa Rica, The Economic Times of India, Cornell University, American Greetings, Dunkin Donuts, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Jeffrey Gitomer, Warner Music Group, Ebony Magazine, PC Connection, Toastmasters International, Scholastic Children’s Books, McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education Publishing, San Diego Times-Union, Classmates.com, Volvo, Cisco Systems, Toyota, Best Western International, QVC, Court TV, Mutual of Omaha, Recycled Paper Greetings, Creators Syndicate, First Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, Sun Microsystems, Sprint, America Online General Mills, Eastman Kodak, Walgreens, Good Housekeeping, United States Postal Service, Catholic Digest, Reader’s Digest, Funny Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Warner Cable, Proctor and Gamble, Chicago Historical Society, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Medical Economics, Bally Total Fitness, Boy’s Life, Weekly Reader, Better Homes and Gardens, Playboy Magazine, Physician’s Weekly, Teen Newsweek, Ten Speed Press, Planet Fitness, TOPS, e-Diets.com, DietRiot.com, Weight Watchers, MasterCard, Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, Saturday Evening Post, BestBoomer.com and many other publishers, companies, organizations, and universities around the world.
NEWSPAPER SYNDICATION: Randy’s comic panel The Better Half was syndicated by King Features Syndicate for 32 years, starting in 1982. At the end of syndication, The Better Half was appearing seven days per week in approximately 150 print and online newspapers around the world. With newspapers losing more and more readers to the Internet, Glasbergen retired The Better Half at the end of 2014 to devote more time and energy to his cartoon licensing operation Glasbergen Cartoon Service.
“Glasbergen Cartoons” and “Thin Lines” are currently published online as part of the GoComics group, along with Dilbert, Garfield, Doonesbury, Pearls Before Swine, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes and hundreds of other comic strips, panels and webcomics.
Randy’s cartoons have been published in print or online editions of The NY Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Honolulu Star Bulletin, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Syracuse Post-Standard, Albany Times Union, Toronto Star, Arizona Republic, The Economic Times of India, China Daily, La Nacion Costa Rica, Glasgow Sunday Mail, Milwaukee Journal, San Diego Times-Union, Cincinnati Enquirer as well as hundreds of weekly newspapers.
GREETING CARDS: Randy is former staff humor writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City where he wrote hundreds of greeting card ideas for Peanuts, Garfield, Star Trek, Wizard of Oz and other licensed properties as well as humorous birthday, holiday, and special occasion greetings.
He has also been a freelance cartoonist, writer and illustrator for Hallmark Cards, American Greetings, Recycled Paper Greetings, NobleWorks, Papyrus Cards, Sharper Cards, CardStore.com, Card Connection, Paper Magic Greetings, Gibson Greetings, Paper Rainbow Press, Sangamon Cards, Oatmeal Studios, and several others.
BOOKS ILLUSTRATED: Randy’s cartoons are featured prominently in many textbooks and best selling books, including The Little Red Book of Selling (by Jeffrey Gitomer), The Success Principles (by Jack Canfield), Yes, Your Parents Are Crazy! (by Michael J. Bradley) Fitness Over 50 ( Beverly Cracom Publications), You Can’t Outsource Weight Loss (by Ed Boullianne) Chicken Soup for the Teenage SouI, and several other books in the extensive Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Books illustrated with Randy’s cartoons have appeared at the top of the NY Times Bestseller lists several times.
CARTOON BOOKS: Randy’s cartoon books have been published in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and China.
Randy’s Cartoon Books Include:
- Attack of the Zit Monster (Intervarsity Press)
- Technology Bytes (CCC Publications)
- Are We Dysfunctional Yet? (CCC Publications)
- Oh Baby! (CCC Publications)
- The Better Half (CCC Publications)
- Your Computer Thinks You’re An Idiot! (CCC Publications)
- The Weird and Wonderful World of Animals (Lagoon Books)
- The Weird and Wonderful World of Work (Lagoon Books)
- The Weird and Wonderful World of Love (Lagoon Books)
- The Weird and Wonderful World of Diets (Lagoon Books)
CARTOONING INSTRUCTION BOOKS: hardcover, written and illustrated by RandyGlasbergen. Books include interviews with dozens of top syndicated professionals such as Charles Schulz, Mort Walker, Lynn Johnston, John McPherson, Brian Crane, Rick Kirkman, cartoonists from American Greetings, Hallmark Cards, Archie Comics, The New Yorker, Mad Magazine.Three books in the series:
- Getting Started Drawing and Selling Cartoons (North Light Books)
- How To Be A Successful Cartoonist (North Light Books)
- TOONS! (North Light Books)
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