Ben Bender
Known For: Beorn: The Littlest Viking Saga
Even though most of his early childhood was spent poring over newspaper comics and voraciously consuming Saturday morning cartoons, Ben didn’t draw through most of his adolescence and adult life. He took to cartooning seriously in his 30s and crowdfunded the first installment of Beorn: The Littlest Viking Saga on his 40th birthday. His biggest influences are newspaper comic strips like Calvin & Hobbes, Hagar the Horrible, and Pogo, as well as fantasy epics like Bone and Lord of the Rings. Throw in a heaping of Jim Henson and 80s favorites like Willow, Neverending Story, and Secret of NIMH, and you’ve got the map of Ben’s imagination.
Come see him at Anime Corpus Christi this February at the American Bank Center!