Gary McCoy was born in St. Louis in 1962; the same year Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro, neither of whom was willing to admit the irony. In the years that followed, Gary mastered potty training, dressing himself, puberty, and college, not necessarily in that order.
After years of working a variety of non-cartooning jobs, he started dabbling in standp comedy, and on a whim entered HBO's Standp Stand-off Contest, winning first place for the St. Louis area in 1995. The same year he saw the debut of his first nationally syndicated comic strip titled, That's My Dad, distributed by King Features. In the years that followed, Gary did freelance work for numerous clients, including Disney's ABC.com, Anheuser-Busch, Nestle-Purina, Gibson Greeting Cards, NobleWorks Inc., Papyrus, Recycled Greetings, Marian Heath, RSVP, American Greetings, Vivid (a Romanian magazine), PARADE magazine, Playboy magazine and many others.
His editorial cartoons are syndicated in newspapers nationally by Caglecartoons.com, and have been featured in Time, Newsweek, and on MSNBC. Gary is also the co-creator of The Flying McCoys, a single-panel comic internationally syndicated by Universal Press. He has received eight Reuben nominations in ten years from the National Cartoonists Society, and has won Best Greeting Card Cartoonist of the Year for 2005, and Best Magazine Gag Cartoonist of the Year for 2010.
Gary still resides near his hometown of St. Louis with his wife and four year-old son, and once a year makes it a point to meet with all his Facebook friends in a phone booth outside Youngstown. His mission in life is to achieve enough financial success so that he can sponsor a child in a third world country, and as he puts it, finally get Sally Struthers off my back.