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.
He is currently in production of several self-syndicated comic strips distributed world-wide under the banner of his publishing forge: www.FUNNYPAPERZ.com
He is the recipient of several national & international design awards. And they all started with an
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.
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.
His work has been on display at; Seawind Gallery, Seven Sisters Gallery, Summer Cottage, Vintage
Vinyl, The Blue Bean Espresso Bar and The Rock Espresso Bar in Morro Bay, The Creamery in SLO, Vintage Automobilia in Cambria and Old Sebastian's in San Simeon.Angela, the love of his life as they walk along the sea shore.
Joe King, a native Californian, can be found any evening with