About John

John O'Brien - Illustrator - CartoonistJohn O’Brien was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1953 and graduated from The Philadelphia College of Art in 1975.

In the course of his career, he has worked with many notable publishers, illustrating 83 children’s books, 8 of which he also wrote.  He has done illustrations for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Global Finance and Worth, and contributed to many other collections, anthologies and textbooks.  He has also had a long relationship with Highlights for Kids Magazine for which he has contributed numerous covers and interior illustrations.

John has also had a long career as a cartoonist for many magazines, most notably The New Yorker, for which he created 17 covers and over 200 interior pieces.  His cartoons have also been featured in the New York Times, Esquire, Fast Company and Omni, among others.

John resides in Delran, New Jersey in the spring and fall.  In the summer he moves to North Wildwood, NJ, where he has been a lifeguard on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol since 1970 and is currently Senior Lifeguard.  John spends the winter months in Miami, Florida.

He plays music both professionally and for entertainment, primarily Dixieland and Celtic.  He most enjoys banjo and concertina but also plays piano, bass and guitar.

John has a daughter, Tess, who recently graduated from LaSalle College in Philadelphia.