Glenn Head (born May 14, 1958 in Madison, New Jersey) is an American cartoonist and comic book editor living in Brooklyn, New York. His cartooning has a strong surrealist bent and is heavily influenced by 1960s Underground comics.
Much of his work has appeared in comix anthologies, starting with Bad News 1, 2 and 3 (editors Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden) and R. Crumb’s Weirdo magazine (# 25). Glenn was a frequent contributor to the Fantagraphics’ quarterly comix anthology Zero Zero. His strip, “Skateboard Mayhem” was featured in the Simon & Schuster anthology Mind Riot: Coming of Age in Comix.
Glenn’s solo work includes: Avenue D, comix about life on the lower east side; two issues of Guttersnipe comix, which combine grunge, surrealism, and autobiography; and a self-published sketchbook character study, Head Shots.
From 2005 to 2010 Glenn edited and contributed to the Harvey and Eisner-nominated anthology HOTWIRE Comics (three issues). From 2009 to 2015 he created his graphic epic, Chicago. This coming-of-age memoir centers around a starry eyed 19-year-old with dreams of underground comics glory as he encounters his heroes, face homelessness, despair, insanity and somehow survives.
A student of Art Spiegelman at the School for Visual Art in the early ‘80s (in the environment that created RAW), Head learned how to put comic books together. Glenn edited and contributed to three issues of Snake Eyes (with co-editor Kaz) and the pulp-crime Underground comix anthology Hotwire Comix & Capers (Nos. 1, 2 and 3). His work as an editor garnered the following attention: Snakes Eyes #2 was nominated for Harvey awards in 1992; Hotwire Comix was nominated for the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Anthology as well as the 2007 Harvey Award for Best Anthology.
Glenn Head’s comics and illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of publications from The Wall Street Journal to Screw. Magazines and newspapers that have published his work include The New York Times, Playboy, New Republic,Sports Illustrated, Pulse Magazine, Advertising Age, Interview, Entertainment Weekly, and Nickelodeon Magazine.
Glenn’s fine art has been exhibited in New York and across the country: Exit Art’s travelling cartoon art show, “Comic Power”; “Art and Provocation: Images from Rebels” at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and “New York Press Illustrators at CB’s 313 Gallery. Head’s editorial cartooning appeared in the Inx show at Hofstra University.