Gerry Rasmussen

Gerry Rasmussen is an internationally syndicated cartoonist who draws the comic strip Betty, which has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world since 1991.

Gerry began his career studying to be a painter in the University of Alberta's Fine Arts Program. By his fourth year, however, he had achieved such a level of success drawing cartoons for the U of A newspaper, The Gateway, that he decided to leave his studies and begin drawing cartoons full-time. While still at the U of A, Gerry had teamed up with Gary Delainey in 1976 to produce a comic strip for The Gateway called Bub Slug. This comic strip was revamped for The Edmonton Journal in 1985 and appeared weekly as a full page color comic strip set in Edmonton and featuring many local characters.

In 1990 Delainey and Rasmussen received an offer from United Feature Syndicate in New York to syndicate their comic strip worldwide with Bub Slug’s wife, Betty, as the main character. The comic strip was renamed Betty and has been appearing daily ever since. Betty is now distributed by Universal Uclick and can be seen in magazines and newspapers in ten countries.

Besides drawing the Betty comic strip, Gerry has used his cartoons to illustrate magazine and newspaper articles, and create animated TV ads. He loves to see his cartoons used to help people communicate more effectively.

Gerry’s first book with Annick Press paired his talents with those of poet extraordinaire, Loris Lesynski. Crazy About Soccer! (2012) provided the perfect canvas for his energetic and humorous style. Following in the footsteps of that success is Crazy About Basketball! (Fall 2013), in which Gerry’s lively illustrations capture the fun of the game.

Gerry lives with his family in Edmonton, Alberta.

Annick Press books
illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen