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Meet the Cartoonist: Randy Glasbergen

“If you are not absolutely thrilled and delighted with your purchase, maybe you’re expecting too much from a cheap TV vegetable slicer.”

If you are not absolutely thrilled and delighted with your purchase, maybe you're expecting too much from a cheap TV vegetable slicer.

"If you are not absolutely thrilled and delighted with your purchase, maybe you're expecting too much from a cheap TV vegetable slicer."
Mar/Apr 2010

There’s always someone around the corner ready to make a liar out of you. I’ve recently told you how hard it is to be a cartoonist. Except for Randy Glasbergen, who sold his first cartoons to the The Saturday Evening Post while still in high school.

“Unemployment rates are up again. I’d like to tell you more, but I just got canned.”

“Unemployment rates are up again. I'd like to tell you more, but I just got canned.”

"Unemployment rates are up again. I'd like to tell you more, but I just got canned."
Sep/Oct 2010

With wry humor like this, it’s no surprise that Randy was once a staff writer for Hallmark cards and “currently writes and draws greeting cards and calendars for Recycled Greetings, Nobleworks, American Greetings, and others.”

“Hello, employment agency? There’s been a mistake. I asked for 100 elves!”

 “Hello, employment agency? There's been a mistake. I asked for 10 elves!”

"Hello, employment agency? There's been a mistake. I asked for 100 elves!"
Nov/Dec 2007

You’ll find Randy in The Wall Street Journal, Woman’s World, Harvard Business Review, Reader’s Digest, and almost every issue, I’m delighted to say, of The Saturday Evening Post. I have a least one Glasbergen T-shirt and mouse pad and there are coffee cups, posters, and other merchandise in specific categories like “Glasbergen Cat Cartoons” and “Glasbergen Holiday Cartoons.” These characters are everywhere!

“I can get by on just 2 hours of sleep every day, as long as I nap for 14 hours.”

 “I can get by on just 2 hours of sleep every day, as long as I nap for 14 hours.”

"I can get by on just 2 hours of sleep every day, as long as I nap for 14 hours."
Jul/Aug 2007

It seems to me most cartoonists have pets, and you can often tell it in their work, as with this cat. Randy is married with four grown children and five grandchildren, along with “two basset hounds, four cats, two guinea pigs.” Comic fodder, indeed.

“I finally put something aside for my retirement. I put aside my plans to retire.”

I finally put something aside for my retirement. I put aside my plans to retire

"I finally put something aside for my retirement. I put aside my plans to retire."
May/June 2009

When I said the Glasbergen characters are everywhere, I wasn’t kidding. Several anthologies of his cartoons have been published not only in the U.S., but the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and China.

“What’s the big idea sending your employees outside to smoke?”

“What's the big idea sending your employees outside to smoke?”

"What's the big idea sending your employees outside to smoke?"
Sept/Oct 2008

One would think a cartoonist this successful would have a state of-the-art studio, but apparently not. Randy works “at home on the third floor of a creaky old Victorian home, formerly a boarding house for local school teachers.”

“The insurance company won’t pay for your skateboard accident. They said that stupidity is a pre-existing condition.”

“The insurance company won't pay for your skateboard accident. They said that stupidity is a pre-existing condition.”

"The insurance company won't pay for your skateboard accident. They said that stupidity is a pre-existing condition."
Jan/Feb 2008

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  • Ken Benner

    It’s great to read about how Randy got his start in cartooning. It would be even greater to read about how he manages to be published in just about every magazine I pick up! Truly an inspiration to me.

  • Charles Neumann

    Love his cartoons in the Post. Keep up the great work.

  • Marty Bucella

    Nobody and I mean, nobody, sells more cartoons than Randy. There’s no doubt about it, he’s the king!

  • Inge Johnson

    I love the cartoons, in the Saturday Evening Post, my daily local paper and wherever cartoons are posted. Randy sure puts out lots and lots of good ones for us to enjoy.

  • Tom Heintjes

    Randy’s prolific output and its consistent quality are amazing–he ALWAYS delivers. I love the deadpan delivery his characters use!

  • chuck

    I have seen the cartoons andthey say what we all think very well

  • Jim

    The reason I take the Saturday evening post is the cartoon’s

  • Derek Woolever

    Your cartoons and comments are hilarious! I have to say I am a really big fan of drawing the old fashioned way. I love cartoons and always will. I drew a picture of woody and buzz lightyear for a friend and she posted it on facebook for me! If I had a scanner and all of the right tools, I would be having a field day!

  • Janet Garritano

    This is such a great article on a great cartoonist! Each of his cartoons make you laugh over and over again. You always wonder who is behind the humor, and this article really helps answer that question. Thanks!

  • Judie

    I have read his cartoons since we met as Freshman in college. He is amazing and a self-made man. I haqve seen his cartoons in several text books.

  • Frank James Davis

    A delightful introduction, Diana. Your friend, Max, and his well-honed wit are great fun to spend time with.

  • John Read

    Randy Glasbergen is one of the ongoing best reasons to buy The Post.

  • Rose

    Love it! Randy almost always makes us laugh. Thanks for the profile.