Magazines and other clients include: Skeptic, Phi Delta Kappan, IU Alumni Magazine, Tricycle, Gauntlet, Fund for the Animals, Odyssey, Libido, Cummins Engine, Animal Place, Rip Off Press, Tome Press, Dragon, Technos, Writers and Readers Publishing Inc., Nuvo Newsweekly, Bloomington Independent (staff cartoonist), and Colorado Card and Curiosity.
Weekly one panel cartoon for the Bloomington Herald-Times in Bloomington, IN.
Illustrator for Our Brown County magazine, Helmsburg, IN.
Instructor at the John R. Waldron Art Center in cartooning for children, teenagers, and adults as well as illustration and printmaking classes.
Assistant Printmaking Instructor and Studio AssistantArt Students League of New York.
Barbara Garrison, Etcher and Children's Illustrator, New York City.
Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey's Circus World. Orlando, Florida.
King Brothers Cole Circus. Deland, Florida.
Hoxie Brothers Circus. West Miami, Florida.
Books and Major Publications
Illustration and Text:
Dante for Beginners, Writers and Readers Pub. Inc. NY, NY. 2001.
History of Clowns for Beginners, Writers and Readers Pub. Inc. NY, NY. 2000.
Dreams of Everyman, Rip Off Press, Auburn, CA. 1992.
Existential Funnies, Trouser Press, Bloomington, IN. 1996.
The Dante Primer, Tome Press, Plymouth, MA. 1992.
Dillinger, Rip Off Press, Auburn, CA. 1991.
Eastern Philosiphy for Beginners by Jim Powell, Writers and Readers Pub. Inc. NY, NY. 2000.
Shakespeare for Beginners by Brandon Toropav, Writers and Readers Pub. Inc. NY, NY. 1998.
Postmodernism for Beginners by Jim Powell, Writers and Readers Pub. Inc. NY, NY. 1998.
Jung for Beginners by Joe Platania, Writers and Readers Pub. Inc. NY, NY. 1997.
The Internet by Kim Sturla, Animal Place, Vacaville, CA. 1996.
A Tail from Outer Space by Kim Sturla, Fund for Animals, NY, NY. 1995.
The Jonah Man by Henry Carlisle, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, NY. 1984.
Joe's style is unique and his ideas are fresh. He offers a sophisticated and thoughtful look at issues. His strong suit as a cartoonist is his ability to connect the dots to make people confront issues they may not want to confront. His strong suit as a person is that he's just a heck of a nice guy.Bob Zaltsberg, Editor, Bloomington Herald-Times