John Murphy


Book Designer, Editor, Artist, and Illustrator.

John Murphy grew up in Wisconsin, where the harsh winters allowed for plenty of indoor leisure time to draw. John’s artistic inspirations include Ralph Steadman, Albrecht Dürer, Goltzius, David Levine, and Aubrey Beardsley. John graduated magna cum laude in 2006 from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College with a B.A. in Art History. He received the 2005-2006 U of O Undergraduate Library Research Award for his paper, Pozzo’s Perspective: Visual Hagiography in the Church of St. Ignatius, Rome. In 2007 he taught a couple of Art History courses at Western Oregon University. He is now a graduate student at Northwestern University in Art History.

Along more literary lines, John reviews and blogs for Bardolatry and Simply the Good Stuff. Until its untimely demise, he was a Contributing Editor at GodSpy.

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Many of John’s famous author portraits are available on a variety of products—clothing, mugs, prints, household items, et al—at our cafepress store.

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