Plug from an editor:
"J.D. Crowe's presence brings power and finesse to the editorial pages."

Response from an anonymous reader:
"J.D. #*@! Crowe, you are the sludge at the bottom of the septic tank of journalism..."

As a youngster on his family's farm near Irvine, Kentucky, Mr. Crowe was either lying on the kitchen floor carving picture stories on torn-flat grocery sacks or hunkered down at the hog lot watching pigs. Pondering swine and drawing, it seems, was the proper segue to a career in political cartooning.

Mr. Crowe graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in December ,1981, earning a B.F.A. in design and winning the state's top collegiate journalism awards for his editorial cartoons in the campus newspaper, The Eastern Progress.

In 1982 he cut his teeth in professional journalism at the expense of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, first as a staff artist. He was shuffled into the editorial cartoonist position after one of his cartoons for the news side brought threats of a libel suit against the newspaper. It was a good editorial cartoon, BAD news illustration. But it gave him his break.

In 1987 he was hired away to San Diego, California, to draw cartoons for the Tribune and Copley News Service. During the next 5 award-winning years he published a book of cartoons and paintings titled "Daze of Glory; Images of Fact and Fantasy Inspired by the Gulf War," and tricked a purty California chick into marrying him. The Tribune merged with the San Diego Union in 1992, launching his career as a freelance cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Examiner, and San Diego Reader. He also ventured into travel writing, figure painting, and comic strips, partnering with CBS football analyst Sam Wyche to create the sports comic strip "No Huddle" in 1998.

Mr. Crowe joined the staff of the Press-Register as the daily editorial cartoonist in 2000, just in time for the Y2k Election. To paraphrase a late Register editorial writer, he likens his job to "kickin' over slop jars."

Crowe 'toons have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, on CNN, and CBS Sports. Mr. Crowe also contributes to the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Nonprofit Times, Counseling Today and San Diego Magazine. Online, his work can be viewed on Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index (www.Cagle.com). His work is internationally syndicated by Artizans.(www.Artizans.com)

Awards include: California Newspaper Publishers Award for Best Editorial Cartoon in 1987, First and Second Place for the Society of Professional Journalists editorial cartoon competition in 1989, Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition Finalist, 1989, America's Cup Editorial Cartoon Award in 1995, several AP state awards for cartoons and illustrations, and the 2001 Floral Headpiece Award for Excellence in Cartoonery.

Member, Association of American Editorial Cartoonists since 1983.

J.D. lives high on the feral hog in Fairhope, Alabama with his wife Lori, their daughter Bronwen, dogs Barkley and Chocolate, and Corduroy the cat.

Y'all orta go see 'em sometime.