Larry Gonick Curriculum Vitae (that means résumé in French)


The Cartoon Guide to Algebra, HarperCollins, New York, 2015.

The Cartoon Guide to Calculus, HarperCollins, New York, 2011.

The Cartoon History of the Modern World, Part 2, HarperCollins, 2009.

The Cartoon History of the Modern World, Part 1, HarperCollins, 2007.

The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry (with Craig Criddle), HarperCollins, 2005.

Kokopelli and Company in the Attack of the Smart Pies, Carus Publishing, 2005.

The Cartoon History of the Universe III, W.W. Norton, New York, 2002.

The Cartoon Guide to Sex (with Christine Devault), HarperCollins, New York, 1999.

The Cartoon Guide to the Environment (with Alice Outwater), HarperCollins, New York, 1996.

The Cartoon History of the Universe II, New York, Doubleday, 1994.

The Cartoon Guide to Statistics (with Woollcott Smith), HarperCollins, New York, 1993.

The Cartoon Guide to (non)Communication, HarperCollins, New York, 1993.

The Cartoon Guide to Physics (with Art Huffman), HarperCollins, New York, 1991.

The Cartoon History of the United States, HarperCollins, New York, 1991.

The Cartoon History of the Universe, Volumes 1-7, Doubleday, New York, 1990.

The Cartoon Guide to the Computer, HarperCollins, New York, 1983.

The Cartoon Guide to Genetics (with Mark Wheelis), HarperCollins, New York, 1981.

Blood From A Stone, A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform (with Steve Atlas), New York Public Interest Research Group, New York, 1972 (?).

Comic Strips

Commoners, comic strip on the privatization of everything, archives on this very site.

Kokopelli and Company, monthly 1-page strip, plus all incidental cartoons for each issue of children’s magazine Muse, published by Carus publishing, Chicago, 1996–present.

Science Classics, bimonthly two-page cartoon feature reporting on science, Discover Magazine, 1990-1997.

Candide in China, series of 14 strips on Chinese inventions, published on the Worldwide Web in 1997, and hard to find now!

Flashbacks, weekly historical panel, N.Y. Newsday, 1990-1994.

The Cartoon Kitchen, nationally syndicated recipe cartoon, 1978-1990.

Yankee Almanack, cartoon history of colonial Massachusetts and the American Revolution, published weekly in the Boston Globe Sunday comics section, 1975-1976.

Boston Comix, political commentary published weekly in The Boston Phoenix, 1971-1974.

A series of scientific and mathematical classroom comic-strip posters for the Scholastic Magazines Math and Dynamath.


Dr. Sulfur’s Night Lab, simulated chemistry set with games and experiments, McGraw-Hill Home Interactive, South San Francisco, CA, 1998.

The Cartoon Guide to Physics, HarperCollins Interactive, New York, 1995, reissued by Multicom Interactive Publishing, Seattle, WA, 1997.

The Cartoon History of the Universe, Putnam New Media, Reston, VA, 1994, reissued by HumanCode, AustinTX, 1996.


Created, wrote, and storyboarded six animated segments for Square One TV, math show produced by Children’s Television Workshop, 1984.


Apple Computer, Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), Silicon Graphics, Children’sTelevision Workshop, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill.


Lectures on visual communication at conferences, meetings, and universities: Image and Meaning, Stanford University, AAAS, TED3, TED5, Digital Consulting, Apple Vivarium Project, various science teachers associations, MIT, Association of Medical Illustrators, CASE, No. California Science Writers Association, etc., 1990–present.


Cartooning mini-class, MIT, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.

Cartooning classes, sponsored by San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, 1990–1993.

Introductory and intermediate calculus, Harvard, 1968-1971.

Awards and Fellowships

Harvey Award to Cartoon History of the Universe III as best graphic album of original work, 2003.

Journalist in Residence, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 2000.

Inkpot Award for Excellence in Cartooning, San Diego Comics Convention, 1999.

Knight Science Journalism Fellow, MIT, 1994-5.


AB summa cum laude in mathematics, Harvard College, 1967; MA in mathematics, Harvard, 1969; 1969-70 academic year spent at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, India.

Social Security Number

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