For the past 40 years, Larry Gonick has used the medium of comics to convey complex ideas. He has written or co-authored 16 books and created several comic strips. The first installment of his famous world-history series, The Cartoon History of the Universe (Doubleday), appeared in 1978 as a 48-page comic book, The Evolution of Everything, which by 2009 had expanded into a 5-book, 1,450-page graphic history of the world from the Big Bang to the first Iraq War. Book III, on the rise of Islam, the Byzantine Empire, and medieval Asia, garnered the comics industry’s highest honor, the Harvey Award for best original graphic album of 2003. Gonick also received an Eisner Award from the San Diego Comi-Con and has been a featured speaker at numerous educational and scientific conferences. He and his wife, the painter Lisa Goldschmid, live in San Francisco. They have two grown daughters.