J. D. King

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J. D. King is an American artist best known for his commercial art illustrations for companies including Absolut Vodka, Atlantic Records, Condé Nast Publications, Sony, and others.


J. D. King began his career in the late 1970s with contributions to underground press magazines such as Stop!, Weirdo, and Comical Funnies.[1]

King's illustrations have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In addition to book illustration (Martin McIntosh's Beatsville), he has contributed to numerous magazines, including Adweek, Rethinking Schools, Bicycling, BusinessWeek, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Kiplinger's, MacWorld, New York, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Progressive and Time. Beastniks, a comic strip inspired by beatniks, ran in Drawn & Quarterly and Twist during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[2]

J.J. Sedelmaier Productions animated King's eccentric cartoon characters for a Nick@Nite promotional film, and Curious Pictures also animated King's creations for a U.S. Cellular phone commercial.[2] Sedelmaier also directed King as an actor in a commercial for Ball-Park Franks in 1990.

His artwork has been displayed in awards annuals, including American Illustration, Communication Arts and the annual of the Society of Publication Designers.[2] He authored the Foreword for The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora (Fantagraphics Books, 2007).[citation needed]

King is also a guitarist. His band, J. D. King and the Coachmen, recorded Ten Compositions: New Frontiers in Free Rock and American Mercury.[2]


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