Gary Varvel was born in Indianapolis in 1957, graduated from Danville High School in Danville, IN, studied at John Herron School of Art (IUPUI) and after college spent 16 years working as the chief artist for The Indianapolis News. In 1994 he joined The Indianapolis Star as its editorial cartoonist.
2015 Inducted into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame
2012 National Headliners Award for editorial cartooning,
2011 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartooning
2010 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Best Editorial Cartoonist Division
2010 Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience for his Path to Hope series on Child poverty.
Fifteen-time first place winner of the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists' Award for Best Editorial Cartoon
Thirteen-time winner of the first place award for Best Editorial Cartoonist in the Hoosier State Press Association Contest
2006 H. Dean Evans Legacy Award for community service
Varvel’s work is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate in 125 newspapers. His cartoons have appeared on CNN, FoxNews and in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, USA Today, Washington Times, National Review and Sports Illustrated. His cartoons have also been reprinted in many college and high school text books.
Varvel is also a board member of House of Grace Films and co-writer, actor and producer of the films, THE BOARD (2009) and THE WAR WITHIN (2014).