Monday, July 16, 2007

Tim Benson Spotlight II





From Tim's bio from Cartoonists Day Exhibit bio sheet:
"My political cartoons were also published by daily newspapers "The Missoulian" in Missoula, MT, "The Bozeman Chronicle" in Bozeman Mt., "The Great Falls Journal" in Rapic City, and in
The Argus Leader" from 1983 until present. My political cartoons were also published by the weekly newspaper "The Guide" in Rapid City in 1986 and 1987 and by the bi-weekly newspaper "The Tempest" in Sioux Falls in 2000 and 2001. I received a first place award in political cartooning from Sigma delta Chi in Western Region Collegiate competition in 1983."
**While reading about Tim and admiring his cartoons, click here to hear Tim's Blend Playlist, or find his playlist on the right column! **

3 comments:

timbenson said...

My cartoons were also published in the Great Falls Tribune in Great Falls, Mt., home of Malmstrom Air Force Base. I also had cartoons published in the Rapid City Journal from 1987 to 1992, home of Ellsworth Air Force Base. Thanks for publishing my biography. I also had cartoons published in the Casper (Wy.) Star-Tribune. Their current cartoonist is William Wallace. Thanks for publishing my biography.

jason folkerts said...

Tim does great work and really paved the way here in Sioux Falls for many a cartoonist. He is also a real history buff for the medium and understands its unique place in American culture.

timbenson said...

Jason makes a great point about political cartooning's unique place in American culture. It all started in America with Benjamin Franklin and, later, Thomas Nast, who drew the modern day version of Santa Claus as well as the donkey as the symbol of the Democratic party and the elephant as the symbol of the Republican party. I also recently read an article from the archives of the Library of Congress that Dr. Suess drew propaganda political cartoons for a New York publication during the early part of WWII. Most of the cartoons encouraged readers to buy War Bonds. Warner Bros. also had Bugs Bunny cartoons encouraging people to buy Bonds at that time, in addition to highly racist, anti-Japanese themes. In fact, the great Leonardo Da Vinci drew caricatures during his day.