J.D. Crowe is the statewide cartoonist for Alabama Media Group. His cartoons and essays appear online all the time at AL.com and in print in The Birmingham News, (Mobile) Press-Register and The Huntsville Times.
He aggressively works local and state issues (Lord knows there's lots of work to be done in Lower Alabama,) feeling it his duty to weed out numbskull politicians on the home front before they can grow in the national spotlight. He also spreads tough love to international and national issues based on the news of the day.
A native Kentuckian, Crowe attended Eastern Kentucky University where he studied painting, journalism, and received a B.F.A. degree in design in 1981. He won the state's top collegiate journalism awards for his editorial cartoons in the university newspaper, The Eastern Progress, in 1980 and 1981.
He cut his teeth in professional journalism with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1982, first as a staff artist, then as editorial cartoonist in 1983. He moved to San Diego in 1987 where he was the staff cartoonist for the (now-defunct) Tribune. In 1991 he published a book of cartoons, paintings and other musings titled, "Daze of Glory; Images of Fact and Fantasy Inspired by the Gulf War."
Crowe spent most of the 90's as a freelance artist, painter, and travel writer. He drew political cartoons for the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Examiner, and the San Diego Reader.
His work is syndicated by Artizans Entertainment (Artizans.com) and can be viewed online at AL.com and politicalcartoons.com. He has produced several books of his cartoon collections, including his most recent: "Half-thunk Thoughts and Half-fast Drawings."
Crowe won the 2020 RFK Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartoons. He received the 2018 Rex Babin Award for state and local cartoons from the AAEC in 2018.
Crowe is a frequent public speaker who dabbles in standup comedy. Give him a holler sometime.
JD lives on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama with his wife, Lori.
I do a combination of standup comedy mixed with a slide show of cartoons and random story telling, based on the audience. I sometimes draw ugly caricatures of people.
All I need is an audience. It's also nice to have a podium and screen for the cartoon slide show.
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I can go long or short, but usually 45-60 minutes. I recently did a 2 1/2 hour show.
We can negotiate the terms.