Randy Glasbergen began his professional cartooning career at age 15. While still in high school, his cartoons were published regularly in many major magazines, including Saturday Review, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Changing Times, Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Weight Watchers, Reader's Digest and New Woman. After two semesters of journalism studies at Utica College of Syracuse University, he left school to pursue a full-time career as a freelance cartoonist in 1976.
Glasbergen was an American cartoonist who was widely and frequently published, appearing in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, calendars, social media, websites, textbooks, video screens and advertising worldwide. Thousands of Glasbergen's cartoons and comic illustrations have been used by clients including The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The Economic Times of India, China Daily, Good Housekeeping, Microsoft, Barron's Magazine, PC Connection, Dow Jones, Standard & Poor's, Toastmasters International, Time Warner Cable, American College of Sports Medicine, Harvard Business Review, Physician's Weekly, Curves, Planet Fitness, eDiets.com, Funny Times, Trends Magazine, Medical Economics, Woman's World, Classmates.com, Anthony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Jeffrey Gitomer, American Greetings, Hallmark Cards, Recycled Paper Products, America Online, and many others around the globe. In addition to cartooning, Randy Glasbergen has written text for hundreds of greeting cards for Hallmark Cards, American Greetings, and others.
Glasbergen'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 a 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.
His Glasbergen Cartoons feature is syndicated online by GoComics. Glasbergen's Thin Lines health and fitness cartoons also appear on GoComics as a weekly cartoon panel. Daily Glasbergen cartoons can be found on his own website and sponsored editions of his cartoons appear regularly on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media outlets.
More than a dozen collections of Glasbergen's cartoons have been published in paperback and hardcover book form in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, and China. He is also the author of three bestselling North Light Books about the art and business of cartooning, Getting Started Drawing and Selling Cartoons, How To Be A Successful Cartoonist, and TOONS!
Glasbergen's cartoon books have been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, and China. The following is a list of his cartoon books:
- 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)
Glasbergen lived in Sherburne, New York, a small rural town, with his wife and three basset hounds. He worked at home on the third floor of a very old house that once served as a boarding house for local school teachers.
He died on August 11, 2015 of cardiac arrest following admission to a hospital for an infection.
- Magrath, Shawn (August 12, 2015). "A mourning community says goodbye to its 'Better Half'". The Evening Sun. Norwich, New York: Snyder Communications.
- "About the Cartoonist: Randy Glasbergen". King Features Syndicate, Inc. November 24, 2010. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010.