Joe Alterio is an art director, illustrator, animator, comic creator, and artist, interested in narrative structure, collective creativity, and the physical manifestations of story-telling. Joe has been at the forefront of using new technology to push forward the graphic narrative medium and how we interact with online art.Originally from the Boston area, Joe Alterio is based in Seattle now, after living for lengthy periods in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, with his wife and son, to whom his most important clients consistently lose out to.

Joe is the founder of RobotsAndMonsters.org, the well-known not-for-profit that trades custom art for donations to a good cause. Joe is also a regular contributor to HiLoBrow.com,  one of Time‘s best blogs of 2010.

Joe’s work has been featured and lauded in The New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, Art Forum, Ninth Letter, Tin House, Forbes, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Boston Globe, and many other web venues. You can see a full list of his press mentions here.

A partial list of illustration and design clients include Adobe, HSBC, Red Hook Beer, Microsoft, Rolling Stone, Hasbro Toys, The Body Shop, Houghton Mifflin, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, The Gap, Visa, Bank of America, Current TV, Napster, and many internationally recognized advertising agencies.

Published comic venues include: The Atlantic Magazine, Verso Books, Moga Mobo, Tablet Magazine, BLDG BLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh, Rites of Way by Mark Kingwell, and many others.

Joe has spoken at South by Southwest, the San Diego Comic-con, Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, and other venues on interactive art.


Freelance, 2000 – Present
Thirteen years of freelance illustration, interactive design, and art direction for companies including Visa, Google, Adobe, Microsoft, HBO, Amazon, and a great deal of smaller firms and venues.

Pinch/Zoom,  6/2012 – 2/2014
Design Director for Seattle-based interactive consultancy.

Echo Team, 4/2010 – 2/2011
Art Director, designer and illustrator for Facebook game Crazy Boatlaunched in March  2011.

Squonk Studios, 4/2007 – 8/2010
Creative Director and partner in interactive agency, for clients such as Bank of America and Current TV.

Venables, Bell, & Partners, 11/ 2007 – 8/2008
Designer at internationally-recognized advertising agency for such clients as HBO, Audi, and PG&E.


University of Southern California, LA, CA, 1996 – 2000
Bachelor of Arts degree on Full Scholarship in Cinema-Television Production program, with an emphasis in Animation and a minor in Studio Art.

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999
Eastern European Film and Animation


TransCultural Exchange, Boston, 2013
Featured panelist on the panel, Networking, Social Media, and Marketing for the Artist

South by Southwest Festival, Austin, 2010
Featured panelist on the Interactive Panel, Indirect Collaboration: Collective Creativity on the Web

Seoul Int’l Cartoon and Animation Festival, South Korea, 2007
Featured Lecturer on mobile comics and storytelling potential. Author of talk, entitled A Question of Intimacy: Comics and the Mobile Medium

San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, 2006
Panelist, Digital Comics in the Mobile Age


Studio-X, New York, NY 2012 There’s No One There (solo exhibition)
Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA 2012 Game Change: Videogames as Art Medium and Inspiration
JP Morgan Gallery, New York, NY 2011 Artwork from Occupy Wall St.
Pink Hobo Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2011 MIX Launch/ Cloudy Collection Event
Bear + Bird Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2011 Superpunch Tarot Deck
Storefront for Art + Architecture, New York, NY 2010 Quarantine
Space Gallery, San Francsico, CA 2008 Deck/Shoes
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, Seoul, S. Korea, 2007
Alternative Press Expo, San Francisco, CA 2007
San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA 2006
Sunset Art Space, Seattle, WA 2006 New
Northwest Rock Poster Design

Priceless Works Gallery, Seattle WA 2005 New Works: New Seattle Artists
Bumbershoot, Seattle ,WA 2005
Priceless Works Gallery, Seattle, WA 2005 Urban Dwellers
Emerald City Comic-Con, Seattle, WA 2004
Bemis Group Show, Seattle, WA 2003
Bluebottle Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 2003 Pressure: Poster Works