We sat down with Jim Benton, creator of It’s Happy Bunny, Dear Dumb Diary, and much more, to discuss the evolution of his unique brand of sarcastic—and sometimes edgy—humor. We also got a sneak peek of what he’s working on next.
Sure. It’s impossible to create things without making some duds along the way. And who knows? Sometimes the duds might work later on.
I was proud to make the New York Times Bestsellers list because books mean a lot to me. I was also deeply honored to win a National Cartoonist Society award because the only people that can vote for you are other cartoonists.
I believe humor can reduce the threat of a topic. Nobody likes going to the doctor and getting examined, and we can all relate to that fear. So I posted a tweet saying that I was happy to announce I went in for a prostate exam, and my doctor had given me a big “thumb’s up”—get it? Suddenly this very intimidating procedure might become a little more silly for people—and a bit less scary.
I honestly don’t know. If I knew where good ideas came from, I’d go back and get more! I just sketch a bit, and the ideas start to come, it’s strangely automatic.
I have a couple kids of my own and 24 nieces and nephews. That’s right, 24 of them. (Fun fact: did you know, the non-gender-specific term for a niece or nephew is a nibling. So I could have said I have 24 niblings. But people might think I was talking about bits of corn.) Anyways, I love kids, and having so many of them around just compels me to create things for them.
I have a few new books coming out, including a full-color DEAR DUMB DIARY and a sequel to my Eisner-Nominated collection of cartoons. Plus, we’re releasing some brand new “It’s Happy Bunny” stuff soon.
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