About the Artist/Writer

joe-oesterleJoe Oesterle is an award winning writer and illustrator, but what he often fails to mention is that many of those awards were won on a New Jersey boardwalk, shooting a water pistol into the mouth of a plastic clown in an effort to be the first to pop the balloon.

Joe has been the Art Director and Senior Editor of the National Lampoon, and his work has appeared in television, radio, books (including “Weird Hollywood“Weird Las Vegas” and “Weird California“), magazines, and web sites.

Joe also has a number of years of experience in both the apparel industry and the advertising world as an Art Director. He has remained relatively unharmed by the experiences.

He also wrote, directed, and performed in an animated short that is on display at the Smithsonian Institution. If you are a high powered Hollywood mogul on the look-out for a sheer comic and artistic genius, contact him here, or at Joe@JoeArtistWriter.com. He is not much of a business man, so you could probably cheat him out of some brilliant ideas. (Of which he has plenty.)

And Don’t forget to check out the rest of this site. Stories, Illustrations, photography, animation, plus lots more….. actually very little more than that…. but come on…. that’s a lot.

Also – feel free to check out my design portfolio: www.JoeOPortfolio



  1. I saw the Betty Boop picture on your sight and was wondering where I can purchase this picture at. I would love to have it on a T-shirt

    • Hi Amy,

      Glad you like that design. It’s the single most popular graphic on this site. Betty’s still got a huge fan base all these years later. I did that design in the mid-90’s for a New Jersey based company called “Talking Tops.” The company was started by a friend of mine who created a line of cartoon dinosaurs called “Saurus.” There’d be Shopasauraus, Jogasaurus, and a cute graphic and definition to go with each shirt. Unfortunately I believe Cliff gave up the tee shirt game, so I’m not sure where you can find this design other than here. I might be wrong… research Talking Tops and see what you come up with…. I should call Cliff anyway, so maybe I’ll have a definitive answer soon.

  2. I just got Weird Las Vegas and Hollywood for christmas and would love to have you sign them. Do you ever come to the NYC area> or can I send you a SASE for a couple of signed book plates?

    • Hey Paul,
      Just felt I should reply here on the website even though I did hit you back with an email. Hope your son is enjoying the books.

    • Hi Debbie,
      I’m not sure why you would think my mother was Violet Lucielle, but she was not. I do enjoy random weirdness however, so I am posting your question and my response.
      Why would you think my mother may have been Violet Lucielle, and a better question; Did Violet Lucille make her kids eat lima beans? Beacuse my mother did.

  3. New book “California’s Next Century” explores the possibility of California becoming its own country, in a way that spurs the American economy, and secures world peace, while creating a plan for the growth of the Californian economy to span the next century. Available at Amazon.com.

    Interview with author at: Joyce Kaufman AM radio (air date 07-03, hour 3) http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/joyce-kaufman/id484640742?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    Review of the book at: Californiality .com http://www.californiality.com/2012/07/california-global-nation.html

    And Boston news. com http://finance.boston.com/boston/news/read/21555635/author_proposes_california_as_new_switzerland

    Would you consider a review of this book. I can send you a free power point of the books main arguments.

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