2004 Pulitzer Prize Nominee,
Joe King designs both the product & packaging for a wide variety of specialty items. In the early '80s Joe parlayed his position as one of the original Blue Sky Rangers, [Mattel Electronics videogame designers] into a Department of Defense [D.O.D.] software engineer, enjoying a TOP SECRET security clearance at Lockheed's fabled Rye Canyon facility [Skunk Works], original nest for the SR-71 Blackbird fleet. Today he suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous mis-fortune - frequently at the hands of other cartoonists!
He is currently in production of several self-syndicated comic strips distributed world-wide under the banner of his publishing forge: www.FUNNYPAPERZ.com
In April, 2003 -- Joe King was accepted into AAEC; the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. This October of he will again be feted as a guest of honor at
Cartoons & Cocktails; an international benefit and auction in Washington DC hosted by the National Press Club!
He is the recipient of several national & international design awards. And they all started with
an "Elephant Key"
from the San Francisco Zoo in 1965. Too young to enter the coloring contest sponsored by The Chronicle, he lied about his age on the entry form - & won.
Inducted into the National Cartoonist Society in 1991, he cherishes the friendship & mentoring of fellow professionals.
Joe capped off the millennium by being chosen as a finalist in Haystack Toys first Great American Toy
An honorary graduate of Platt College, he has been a guest speaker there & at the Pasadena Art Center School Of Design.
He is the founder of
- a global online community of amateur and professional cartoonists dedicated to freedom of thought and expression.
In the wake of the 9-11 terror attacks, Joe struck back in a daily editorial panel that ran uninterrupted for 4 years in the pages of the Santa Monica Daily Press.
During the summer of 2006 Joe relocated to the Central Coast quickly becoming a familiar fixture
in local coffee shops and city boardwalks. Laying aside the more cruel and cynical tools of his trade in favor of the upbeat and affectionate, he has "buried the hatchet" of political journalism in the peak of
Morro Rock as he devotes himself to
local issues and concerns.
In August of 2008, Joe served as Artist-In-Residence
for the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA.
A whimsical fusion of fine art, popular culture and humorous illustrations; Joe teaches
classes in cartooning
for both children & adults thru schools and parks & recreation depts. throughout California and Arizona
With over 3,000,000 visitors to his website to date, Joe is being laughed at in more than
22 different countries.
Joe King, a native Californian - born in the shadow of The Lone Ranger Rock - is making the world a funnier place one cartoon at a time.
Explore more of his creative universe at www.TOON-GUY.com