Greg Evans with his cartoonist colleagues, Jean Schulz (left) and Brian Walker (right) at the National Cartoonists Society Reubens Weekend 2017.
Greg Evans with his dogs Charlie and Champ.
Greg Evans with his wife Betty (left) and their daughter Karen.
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330, United States
California State University, Northridge from which Greg Evans graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Greg Evans with his daughter Karen at work.
Greg Evans with his cartoonist friends.
Greg Evans with one of his childhood favourite characters.
Greg Evans performs before the audience receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the California State University, San Marcos.
(Thirteen-year-old Luann finds her way through the complic...)
Thirteen-year-old Luann finds her way through the complications of teenage life, struggling with her best friend Bernice over boys, school, and the prom
(A humorous collection of a popular comic strip that is sy...)
A humorous collection of a popular comic strip that is syndicated in more than 250 newspapers features some of Luann's funniest moments
(The agony of the summer job, the thrill of crushes on cut...)
The agony of the summer job, the thrill of crushes on cute lifeguards, the excitement of the shopping mall, the terror of parents watching their children navigate life - it's all in this compilation of Greg Evans's insightful humor
(Luann and her school mates are stoked – it's the last day...)
Luann and her school mates are stoked – it's the last day of school! Summer vacation's here! But will the high expectations soar or crash?
One of the main hobbies of the little Evans was doodling. Living near the Disney studios, he discovered his passion for cartooning very early. He drew pictures of famous Disney characters and often rode his bike to the studio gates hoping to be hired by Walt Disney as the youngest cartoonist of the studio at the age of eight.
At eleven, he first sent his work to a professional magazine, Playboy. Obviously, the submission was rejected but the young boy kept on sending his sketches to other periodicals all through his youth and through college.
Greg Evans studied in a high school in his native California. Then, he entered the California State University, Northridge where in 1979 he received a Bachelor’s degree allowing him to teach art.
On May 2016, Evans received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the California State University, San Marcos.
Greg Evans started his career as a teacher of art in high schools of California in 1970. In a couple of years, he relocated with his wife to Australia where he taught art for two more years.
After a trip around Asia and the Middle East, Evans and his wife Betty came back to the United States in 1975 where they settled down in Colorado Springs, California. While there, Evans earned his living as a promotion manager and graphic artist for KRDO TV/Radio and entertained with a radio-controlled robot MAXWEL at trade shows.
Simultaneously, Greg kept on searching for a good idea for a cartoon. All his submissions to school newspapers and syndicates were rejected and went out of publishing. It had lasted till 1985 when the cartoonist finally began to work on Luann taking inspiration from his teaching experience and his own children, especially his youngest daughter Karen. Presenting an honest, if comic, realization of life in the teen years, the concept of a comic strip featuring a teenage girl Luann DeGroot became successful at last, and was sold to News America Syndicate.
Since its first publication in 1986, the main character has changed a lot, both in appearance as in personality. Starting from 2012, the cartoonist’s daughter Karen became a co-plotter and co-writer of the strip.
In 2016, Greg and Karen have created a site LuannFan.com where the fans of the comic strip had a possibility to vote for Luann’s wedding dress. The fans can share their stories and emotions there, as well as find a lot of interesting “behind the scenes” stuff related to Luann adventures. To read the updates of the story, its admirers can visit LuannComic.com.
Nowadays, Greg Evans lives and works in San Marcos, California, near San Diego.
(The agony of the summer job, the thrill of crushes on cut...)2004
(Thirteen-year-old Luann finds her way through the complic...)1987
(Cartoons share a humorous look at the life of Luann, a th...)1986
(A humorous collection of a popular comic strip that is sy...)1989
(All the best – and some of the worst – Luann strips, hand...)2010
(This book presents Luann's humorous take on life's annoyi...)1998
(Presents the antics of the teen comic character and her f...)1999
(Luann and her school mates are stoked – it's the last day...)2012
"Get a real job. Cartooning is an iffy career. There’s thousands and thousands if not millions of people who want to be cartoonists. There’s lots of talent out there but very few make it. You have to be lucky and you have to have the right idea at the right time, and lightning has to strike."
"I’m one of those people who was born with this cartoon disease."
"I think early on I knew I wasn’t going to like teaching. It was not my thing, and I was always pretty grumpy."
"I firmly believe that sometimes you are trying before you’re ready. In the creative world, you’ll hear about somebody who has written seven books and none of them did anything, and all of a sudden their eighth book is a huge smash. I think you reach a certain level of personal development, or you’re suddenly working on the right thing that taps into the right creative flow inside."
"Being a teen today is serious business and I want to reflect that in Luann. My goal has always been to entertain and enlighten."
"It’s tough being a teenager, but you will survive. Billions of people have survived it. Just try to have a sense of humor. And don’t let anyone tell you these are the best years of your life."
Greg Evans married Betty Ransom, a teacher, on December, 1970. They have three children named Rhonda, Gary, Karen, and five grandchildren.
One of Evans' children, Rhonda, born around the time Evans had met his wife in college, was put up for adoption. 30 years later, Rhonda discovered that she was adopted. When reading the Sunday comics, she realized that an artist's name matched the name on her adoption papers.