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Design Spotlight: Jason “Jay” Nocera

April 30, 2014

Our Design Spotlight falls today on Jason Nocera, a talented and funny guy who joined GCU as a new artist in February of this year – thanks, Jason!


I am a full-time, professional cartoonist. My specialty is creating custom, personalized comic strips and comic pages for Anniversary gifts, Birthday gifts, and of course “Super” Dads for Father’s Day. As I work in my studio on other people’s gifts, I always make sure to draw personalized cards for my wife and my daughter. My wife has always said that I should try to market the cards I draw for her, but the cards always dealt with our life and are very personal. I didn’t feel that they had a mass appeal.

This past year, my six year old daughter started to find the humor in knock-knock jokes. The first one I told her was common and very simple, but always makes her laugh: “Knock, Knock”, “Who’s there?” “Boo.” “Boo who?” “Awww.. don’t cry!”

It didn’t take long for my daughter to ask for more and more knock-knock jokes and my repertoire slowly grew. Most days she says, “Dad, tell me a knock-knock joke… and make sure it’s not one I heard before!” It’s become quite a challenge but I love making her laugh!

This past February, I made time (as always) to draw a card for my wife and daughter amidst the custom Valentine’s Day comic pages I was creating. I thought it would be great to draw a knock-knock joke card for my daughter. I used “Knock, Knock” “Who’s there?” “Olive” “Olive who?” “Olive you!” and drew a funny cartoon olive kissing my daughter at the end. She loved it! After I saw her reaction, it finally clicked. I could do knock-knock joke cards featuring my silly cartoons!

I’ve been uploading them on GCU ever since.

You can also visit my website, Niche Cartoons, follow me on Twitter, or “like” me on Facebook

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2014 8:42 am

    Congratulations on your Design Spotlight Jay! Great interview and cards. WTG! 🙂

  2. April 30, 2014 3:14 pm

    What a great story Jay! I love your knock-knock cards, maybe not as much as your daughter, but I’m betting she got you into something that will be a fun ‘father-daughter’ project for many years! Welcome to GCU!

  3. May 1, 2014 8:15 am

    Laughter is such a wonderful thing to bring to others – like a quality holistic medicine. Congrats on this spotlight feature. LjM

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