Charlos Gary is a cartoonist best known for creating Working It Out.
Charlos Gary always dreamed of becoming a cartoonist. One of seven children raised by his parents in an inner-city section of Orlando, he knew at an early age that his artistic ability could become a way out of poverty.
Discouragement from teachers and classmates didn’t stop him from believing. His first cartoon, a short-lived comic strip called State U., appeared in the student newspaper at Ohio State University. However, it wasn’t until two years later at the University of Toledo’s paper, The Collegian, that he committed himself to becoming a serious cartoonist.
After graduation in 1995, his first professional political cartoon appeared in the Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY), where he got started as a graphic artist.
In 1997, Gary moved to Chicago, where he split his time between drawing cartoons and creating graphics for the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). His work there earned him several awards and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1999.
Later that year, Gary began working for the Chicago Tribune as an editorial artist. His cartooning talent didn’t go unnoticed in the newsroom, and within two years, he created a single-panel strip called Working It Out, which ran weekly in the Tribune’s business section.
Besides the Tribune, Gary’s cartoons have appeared in Newsweek, Newsweek International, Emerge Magazine and Playboy.