Rick Geary was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri. He began working as a cartoonist in 1977 and contributed to National Lampoon for thirteen years. His comics have also been published in Heavy Metal and collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from Fantagraphics Books. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, MAD, Rolling Stone, and The Los Angeles Times. His work is also featured in the Fantagraphics collections Naked Cartoonists and Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s. Geary lives with his wife, Deborah, in Carrizozo, New Mexico.