J.R. Williams is an American animator and fine artist, as well as the author of several alternative comics that mostly appeared at Fantagraphics Books in the first half of the 1990s. Coming from Portland, Oregon, Williams studied fine art at the Oregon College of Education in the 1970s. Influenced by authors like Don Martin and Basil Wolverton, he published his first work in several anthologies in the 1980s, such as Peter Bagge's 'Weirdo', Joe Sacco's 'Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy!' and 'Honk!'.
He had several of his one-shot creations published by Fantagraphics from 1990 to 1995, a period he mostly spent in Seattle. His 'Crap' series ran for seven issues from 1993 to 1995, and among his other Fantagraphics titles are 'Bummer', 'Damnation' and 'Completely Bad Boys'. He additionally released 'Fun House' through Starhead Comix and 'Bad Comics' through Cat-Head Comics, and made comics biography of Wild Man Fischer with Dennis P. Eichhorn for Real Stuff in 1993. Recurring characters by Williams are 'Skinboy' and the 'Bad Boys'. His final work in the comics industry was writing the comic book adaptation of 'The Little Shop of Horrors' for Roger Corman's Cosmic Comics in 1995.
From: Real Stuff #14, 1993
Williams has furthermore worked as an animator, designer and storyboard artist for Will Vinton Studios from 1988 to 2001, contributing to such series as 'The PJs', 'Gary & Mike', 'The California Raisins' and 'Adventures in Wonderland'. Since then, he has mostly focused on fine arts, making abstract paintings and figurative work.