JR Johnson

Long Beach CA

JR was Born and raised in Southern California, and has been drawing painting and cartooning seriously since childhood, often to the chagrin of his teachers and parents. He learned to use comedy early and often to try to stay out of trouble.

His first professional newspaper cartoon strip gig was filling in for several weeks for a local newspaper artist at 19 years old, and he was hooked. 

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration at the California State University of Long Beach, he worked for several years in advertising as an illustrator, designer and assistant art director before striking out to answer his true calling as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator.

He has now spent over 20 years as an illustrator and cartoonist for ads, media, book illustration, magazines and newspapers. He has produced animations, set designs, puppet designs and moving graphics for advertising, entertainment and educational programming as well.

For recreation JR is a surfer, skater, cyclist, and regular yoga practitioner. He believes that if we are to continue living, we must continue exercising mind and body.

Favorite saying: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” 

Strongest medicine for a troubled mind:  – Laughter.

Strongest force in the human universe:  – Love.

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