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Jim Benton (October 31, 1960-) is an American illustrator and writer. Licensed properties he has created include Dear Dumb Diary, Dog of Glee, Franny K. Stein, It's Happy Bunny, Just Jimmy, Just Plain Mean, Sweetypuss, The Misters, Total Trouble, and Watashi Baka Da!.
Early life and education
Jim Benton was raised in Birmingham, Michigan, graduating from Seaholm High School in 1978. He studied fine arts at Western Michigan University.
Benton began his career in a custom design t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters. At the same time, Jim did illustrations and artwork for magazines and newspapers. People magazine named him "the most visible cartoonist in America" .
Benton also created greeting cards and worked in the magazine and publishing industry. In 1998, his SpyDogs characters became an animated series, The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs, that aired on Fox Kids. Licensing his own creations brought them widespread attention on products, such as It's Happy Bunny, The Misters, Just Jimmy and more.
Benton currently lives in Michigan, where he operates out of his own studio.
■Dealing With the Idiots in Your Life (1993)
■Cherise The Niece
Dear Dumb Diary
#1: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (2004)
■#2: My Pants Are Haunted! (2004)
■#3: Am I The Princess Or The Frog? (2005)
■#4: Never Do Anything, Ever (2005)
■#5: Can Adults Become Human? (2006)
■#6: The Problem With Here is That It's Where I'm From (2007)
■#7: Never Underestimate Your Dumbness (2008)
■#8: It's Not My Fault I Know Everything (2009)
It's Happy Bunny
■Love Bites (2004)
■Life. Get One (2005)
■What's Your Sign?
■It's Happy Bunny Does Su Doku (2006)
■It's Happy Bunny Poster Book.
Franny K. Stein
■Lunch Walks Among Us (2003)
■Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid (2004)
■The Invisible Fran
■The Fran That Time Forgot
■The Fran With Four Brains
■2004: Gryphon Award honor book, Center for Children’s Books, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Lunch Walks Among Us)
■2005: LIMA International Licensing Award, Best Art Brand License (It's Happy Bunny)
■2006: Eleanor Cameron Award, Golden Duck Award Committee (The Fran That Time Forgot)
■2006: LIMA International Licensing Award, Best Character Brand License – Soft Goods (It's Happy Bunny)
■2007: LIMA International Licensing Award, Best Character Brand License – Hard Goods (It's Happy Bunny)
■2007: Austin ADDY Awards (with Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Texas Alliance)
■Silver award, Public Service Campaign
■Silver award, Public Service Direct Marketing
■Bronze award, Public Service postcard
2009: Nomination National Cartoonist Society Book Illustration: Cherise The Niece