Biography

Cartoonist Randy Glasbergen

randyg  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, Warner Music Group, Ebony Magazine, PC Connection, Toastmasters International, McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education Publishing, San Diego Times-Union, Classmates.com, Volvo, Cisco Systems, Toyota, Best Western International,  QVC, Court TV, Funnies Extra, 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, 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 is syndicated by King Features Syndicate, appearing seven days a week in print and online newspapers around the world. He has been writing and drawing “The Better Half” since 1982.

Randy’s also creates Thin Lines, single-panel cartoons devoted to Health & Fitness topics for print and digital publishers. “Thin Lines” is syndicated online by Universal Uclick / GoComics.com.

“The Better Half” and “Thin Lines” appear in print and online newspapers around the world, including 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, and many others.[2]

Topical cartoons from Randy’s website are self-syndicated worldwide through Glasbergen Cartoon Service and have appeared in The Economic Times of India, China Daily, La Nacion Costa Rica, Glasgow Sunday Mail, Milwaukee Journal, San Diego Times-Union, Arizona Republic, Cincinnati Enquirer and hundreds of weekly publications.


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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You can follow Randy on Twitter @ RGlasbergen .

Glasbergen Cartoon Service on Facebook.

Shop for Glasbergen Cartoon merchandise @ Cafe Press.

Shop for Glasbergen Cartoon books @ Amazon.com

Read “The Better Half” @ Comics Kingdom

Randy’s updated bio from King Feature’s Syndicate.

View and Share Glasbergen Cartoons on YouTube

To contact Randy, please e-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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Biography and client list for Randy Glasbergen. American cartoonist, born 1957. Freelance cartoonist and humorous illustrator for greeting cards, magazine cartoons, newspapers, advertising, calendars.  Syndicated cartoonist for King Features Syndicate, Creators Syndicate, GoComics.com. Began cartooning career in 1972, now is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists with a broad international following. After leaving Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, cartoonist currently lives in rural upstate New York. His website includes a searchable database of cartoons for print and electronic usage, including Business and Computer Cartoons, Newsletter Cartoons, Education Cartoons, Medical Cartoons, Love and Marriage Cartoons, Lawyer Cartoons, Real Estate Cartoons and much more.

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