Kerry G. Johnson

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Kerry G. Johnson
Kerry G. Johnson illustrator.jpg
Born Nashville, TN
Residence Columbia, Maryland
Occupation caricaturist, caricature artist, cartoonist, children's book illustrator, writer, graphic designer, art director, author, webcomic artist
Known for illustration, caricatures, children's book illustration, cartoons, webcomics, black cartoonists, African American cartoonists, Spectra (laser superhero)
Home town Nashville, TN
Spouse(s) Tawanda W. Johnson
  • 2012, GD USA Magazine InHouse Design Award
  • 2008, first place: the National Arts Program for Illustration
  • 2002, 2001, 1996, first place: Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Golden Quill Award for News Illustration
  • 2002, Society for News Design Award of Excellence for Photo illustration
  • 2001, 1998, 1994, 1993, first place: Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Robert L. Vann Award for Feature Illustration
  • 2000, second place: National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Heritage Award for Editorial Cartooning
  • 1996, first place: National Association of Black Journalists NABJ Award for Art and Design
  • 1994, first place: Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association’s Award for Graphic Illustration

Kerry G. Johnson is an African-American cartoonist, graphic designer, art director, caricaturist and children's book illustrator. He specializes in caricatures but has created cartoons, illustrations and news graphic work (maps, information graphics, feature page design) in his career in newspaper and publication design.


He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 30, 1966. He attended Hillsboro Comprehensive High School, Columbus College of Art and Design and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Johnson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

In 2005, he illustrated a coloring book for the American Physical Society about famous physicists. In 2005, he designed the official logo for the American Physical Society. In 2012, he worked with author Nicolle Brazil and illustrated the book You Can't Move an Elephant in One Day.

He is the co-creator of the science-based teen superhero SPECTRA. In 2011, Johnson worked with writer Rebecca Thompson and published their third comic book. Spectra, The Original Laserfest Superhero comic book for the web site. Spectra, the main character, is also the mascot for Laserfest 2010, a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser.

In May 2008, he debuted his webcomic, Harambee Hills.[1] Harambee Hills is a diverse webcomic that follows the life observations of Gerard and those of his modern African-American family, co-workers and wacky neighbors of Harambee Hills, a fictional suburban neighborhood outside Washington, D.C. The webcomic’s characters often provide commentary on pop culture, entertainment, sports and top news stories.

He currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Tawanda W. Johnson, a press secretary, media specialist and co-writer of Harambee Hills, along with their daughter and son.

List of contributions[edit]

His cartoons, illustrations and information graphics have appeared in these newspapers:

Additionally, his work has appeared in magazines, web sites and other national media outlets including 60 Minutes, USA Today, KRT (Knight-Ridder Tribune Graphics) and Gannett News Service.

Awards and honors[edit]

Kerry G. Johnson has won over 20 Awards for his work in graphic design and illustration including:

He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) fraternity, the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Caricaturist Network, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the American Physical Society (APS).

He currently lives in Columbia, Maryland with this wife, Tawanda W. Johnson, a press secretary, along with their daughter and son.



  1. ^ Harambee Hills - The webcomic by Kerry G. Johnson
  2. ^ Ahowcase, and reward the visual artistic talent in America

Further reading[edit]

  • My 'Take' On: Spectra #1 (illustrated by Kerry G. Johnson) - As Seen At the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International by Michael D Hamersky, August 17, 2010
  • The New Pittsburgh Courier Former New Pittsburgh Courier cartoonist nominated for award, Wed. May 19, 2010 [2]
  • The African American Literature Book Club, Kerry G. Johnson [3]
  • PhysicsQuest 2008: Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair (2009) [4] ISBN 978-0-9823238-0-9 Co-written by Rebecca Thompson-Flagg PhD, Christopher DiScenza, Justin Reeder and Kerry G. Johnson; illustrated by Kerry G. Johnson; published by the American Physical Society [5]
  • APS News: Lighting Up Classrooms: PhysicsQuest 2008 book and kits launched; illustrated by Kerry G. Johnson (February 2009, Vol. 18, No. 2) (
  • Energy Future: Think Efficiency: An Energy Efficiency Report [6](2008) Art directed and designed by Kerry G. Johnson; published by the American Physical Society [7]
  • Color Me Physics Coloring Book, Second Edition Illustrated by Kerry G. Johnson and Krystal Ferguson; text by Alan Chodos, PhD, Jessica Clark, PhD and Becky Thompson-Flagg, PhD (2008)
  • The Daily News Brief (August 12, 2008) [8]
  • Brooks, Charles, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2001 Edition: Kerry G. Johnson (page 166) Pelican Publishing, (2001)
  • Brooks, Charles, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 1999 Edition: Kerry G. Johnson (page 197) Pelican Publishing, (1999)
  • National Association of Black Journalists member profile (Art and Design): Kerry G. Johnson, (1999)
  • Top 30 Under 30: Kerry G. Johnson, Urban Profiles magazine, (May 1989)
  • Jones, Kimberly, Dimensions Newsmagazine: Editor profile: Kerry G. Johnson (1988)

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