Ben LansingBen is an artist and educator from Richmond, Virginia. Ben's work has appeared in print publications and online for the past two decades. Since 2015, Ben has worked with Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly to produce the classic Jeff MacNelly comic strip, "Shoe."

Ben's work has received several awards, including three Virginia Press Association first place awards for Illustrations and the Virginia Press Association "Best in Show" award for artwork. He also received a Pulitzer nomination for his "Today We Are All Hokies" tribute to the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting tragedy. This illustration became part of the archives of the Newseum in Washington D.C.



"The moment I saw Ben Lansing's cartoon, it touched me. It spoke to me and for me in ways no news story or telecast had done." - John Seigenthaler, Sr., USA Today founding editorial director and First Amendment Center founder

“Whether commenting on social, political, or cultural topics, Ben Lansing’s cartoons are always on target–and LOADS of FUN!”  – Gary Brookins, King Features syndicated cartoonist

"[Ben's work is] very clean and gets quickly to the point." Virginia Press Association Judges, 2007 awards

"We've gotten great response from the community about Ben Lansing's cartoons, which have really livened up our editorial pages. They give folks another reason to buy our paper every week." Greg Dorazio, editor of The Central Virginian

"[Ben Lansing's] peers believe that he is not only a great artist, but his cartoons contain deep thought provoking issues, issues that need to be talked about, discussed and openly debated. So next time you see our editorial cartoon of the week and get upset or laugh, remember, he is doing his job and that is to make you think about the subject matter. Congratulations Ben and keep’em coming!" Purcellville Gazette Editorial

"Mr. Lansing is a hard working, patient and extremely creative artist who has recently helped my company with an extremely important marketing project. His work was always promptly turned in and he was always available to talk when needed. Not only was our whole team extremely impressed with his artistic abilities, we were impressed with his ability to bring everyone's ideas and thoughts to the table and make sure we received what we wanted. I would certainly work with him again, he is a very talented professional." David Perry, Brand Development Leader, Gerber & Danze at VAMAC, Inc.

"Ben is an excellent illustrator! I hosted an event for my music company and he created a T-shirt design in the likeness of the featured artists. He captured the concept I was going for, and customers loved it!" Lori Bailey, music artist

"Ben's work for me on a big project I had in 2008 was superb. I recommend him to anyone and everyone. I recently recommended him to my own father for my father's book cover design. The result: the cover of my father's first published book is an Ben Lansing work." - Tim May, Franchise Development Manager

"Ben is detailed oriented and works hard to create what the customer wants." Larry Baker, Principal at L G Baker and Associates

"Blessings to you. Thank you for using your creative talents to express what so many are feeling." Richard M., reader (Blacksburg, VA)

"...LOVE your cartoonist. Keep up the good work, Mr. Lansing!" Virginia T., reader (Leesburg, VA)



National Cartoonists' Society

Design Awards

Information Graphics - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2010)
Information Graphics - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2007)

Artwork / Illustration Awards

Artwork - Best in Show, Virginia Press Association (2007)
Artwork - Best in Show, Virginia Press Association (2010)
Illustrations - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2007)
Illustrations - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2008)
Illustrations - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2012)

Editorial Cartoon Awards

Pulitzer nomination from John Seigenthaler, Sr. (2008)
Editorial Cartoons - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2008)
Editorial Cartoons - 1st place, Virginia Press Association (2006)
Cartoons or Comics - 1st place, YEAA (Youth Editors Association of America) (2001)