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BEN now on Patron

If you are no longer able to read “Ben” in your daily newspaper because its comics page has been taken over by a corporate syndicate, you can still join Patreon and access new content as well as archived material. Here is my creator page which I have only just started:

Japanese Internment Camp Story now in Full-Colour

 To mark the 20th anniversary of a “Ben” storyline highlighting the Japanese Internment camps in Canada during World War II, this arc will run again in newspapers in April. Thanks to the strong response to that story, Daniel’s original comic strips are now part of the Japanese-Canadian museum collection in Surrey, BC. 

BEN Celebrates 25 Years!

Twenty-five years ago, cartoonist Daniel Shelton first published his comic strip “BEN” in newspapers across the country. Fourteen books, several awards and numerous museum exhibits later, the popular strip is still going strong.

 “I often pinch myself at how fortunate I’ve been to be able to do this for all these years,” says Shelton. “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege” 

Shelton has been writing and drawing the daily comic strip about a retired couple for a quarter century, making it the longest-running independent comic strip in Canadian history. To mark the anniversary, a series of new color ebooks will be launched on Amazon. Each book represents a year in the life of Ben. Readers will finally be able to collect and enjoy the adventures of Ben, Olivia and their family in colorful digital format. 

 “Ben” is published daily in newspapers across Canada and can also be found on where you can join a community of almost 30,000 subscribers. 

Daniel now teaching at UQO

Since January 2022, Daniel is now teaching in university at UQO (Universite du Quebec en Outaouais) in Gatineau, near Ottawa. His class is called “Short Story-Telling Through Images”.

Daniel named Honorary President of Comics Festival

It was with pleasure that Daniel accepted the presidency of the 2019 edition of the Rendezvous BD de Sherbrooke. The weekend event was a great success with many activities and invited guests such as Michel Rabagliati (“Paul”), Denis Rodier (“Superman”) and Real Godbout (“Red Ketchup”). Thanks for all who visited and best wishes for the 2020 edition, coming soon in May.

Ben book 13 has been released by La Pasteque

Daniel will be signing copies of his new book at the Salon Du Livres in Montreal, Nov. 19 and 20. More details to come soon!


“Ben” celebrates 20th anniversary!

Oct. 7, 1996, “Ben” made its debut in newspapers across Canada. Approximately 6,000 comic strips, 23,000 subscribers and 12 books later, it is an incredible milestone achieved by Daniel Shelton. Here is the very first comic strip. ueb_00001