Gary McCoy was born in 1962 and developed a lifelong love of cartooning alongside his younger brother, Glenn.
For 14 years, Gary worked as the editorial cartoonist for the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. His work on Illinois state-issues was distributed by Copley News Service, and has been reprinted in The Washington Post, as well as some textbooks. His work has also appeared in "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year" (Pelican Publishing Co.).
Gary is the main cartoonist for Vivid, an English language magazine dealing with art, culture, lifestyle and politics, published in Bucharest, Romania. He also freelances as a cartoonist and humor illustrator.
Gary's work as a graphic artist and freelance cartoonist has generated an impressive client list including companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Gibson Greetings, Disney's ABC.com, NobleWorks, Inc., Marcel Schurman Design, and Playboy magazine.
His work for these clients garnered him three consecutive nominations from the National Cartoonists Society—two as best gag cartoonist of the year, and one as best greeting-card cartoonist. Gary also dabbled in stand-up comedy, winning HBO's Stand-Up Stand-Off contest for the St. Louis area in mid-90s.
"The Flying McCoys" is the realization of his lifelong dream to collaborate with his brother, Glenn, on a comic. Gary resides in Belleville, Ill.—just across the Mississippi River from his hometown of St. Louis.