Kerry G. Johnson
Kerry G. Johnson is a graphic designer, caricature artist and humorous illustrator. He is the author and illustrator behind the webcomic Harambee Hills. He is also the co-creator for the teen superhero: Spectra, the Original Laserfest Superhero.
Harambee Hills centers around Gerard James and his life working in the non-profit office workplace. He's an African-American father trying to make it in a hectic but fun environment. Harambee Hills is the name of the fictional business park outside of Baltimore where all the workplace action takes place. The main scenes are at the association and the crazy interaction of a diverse array of co-workers and Gerard's revolving door of job applicants.
Kerry G. Johnson 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 mostly recently illustrated a coloring book for the American Physical Society about famous physicists.
His cartoons, illustrations and information graphics have appeared in these newspapers:
- The Nashville Banner (defunct newspaper)
- Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
- North Hills News Record (Warrendale, PA)
- Valley News Dispatch (Tarentum, PA)
- New Pittsburgh Courier
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- Greensburg Tribune-Review
- The Baltimore Sun
- The Baltimore Examiner
- The Los Angeles Times
- Chicago Tribune
- N.Y. Newsday
- APS News American Physical Society
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
Kerry G. Johnson has won over 20 Awards for his work in graphic design and illustration including:
- 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
- 2001, judge: Pittsburgh’s 2001 ARTWorks Competition
- 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
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) Fraternity, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Society for News Design (SND), the National Caricaturist Network, the Society of Publication Designers (SPD), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the American Physical Society (APS).
 External links
- Harambee Hills, a webcomic by Kerry G. Johnson
- Kerry G. Johnson's caricature and graphic design site
- Color Me Physics Coloring Book Illustrated by Kerry G. Johnson; text by Alan Chodos, PhD, Jessica Clark, PhD and Kendra Rand