James Bennett began studying art at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. His professional career as an illustrator started soon after receiving recognition from the Society of Illustrators and RSVP as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Bennett's conceptually humorous illustrations have since appeared as covers and interior pieces for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Business Week, TIME, MAD, The L.A. Times, Golf Digest, Maxim, and Readers Digest among others.He has produced art for RCA Records, American Express, Paramount Pictures, Citibank, Hasbro, and Milton Bradley.
James Bennett has completed a number of picture books,two of which have appeared in the top 5 of The New York Times Best Seller list."Tell Me A Scary Story... But Not Too Scary,"written by Carl Reiner and the picture book"Halloween,"written by Jerry Seinfeld."The 2000 Year Old Man Goes To School," written by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, and "Tell Me A Silly Story" by Carl Reiner have been added to the celebrity bookshelves.
Bennett's awards include the prestigious Hamilton King Award, which acknowledges an illustrator's outstanding body of work represented by the "Best Illustration of the Year,"the Stevan Dohanos Award from The Society of Illustrators in NYC.The "Creative Show" in San Diego which recognizes the best in advertising for the year, awarded him a gold medal, and he has won both gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators Annual Shows in New York and Los Angeles.He has been featured in magazines such as Communication Arts and Fantasy Art from China.
Bennett has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators, and a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America, and the historic Sketch Club of Philadelphia.He has taught classes in illustration and portfolio technique at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt in New York, The Universtity of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has lectured extensively at various art institutions nationwide.He recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree after delivering the commencement speech to the graduating class of Bucks County Community College.
The father of two sons, Steven and Brett, James lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Contributions by James Bennett
MAD Magazine #360 August 1997
MAD Magazine #461 January 2006
Story: 10. Rafael Palmeiro testifies negative, tests positive
MAD Magazine #480 August 2007
MAD Magazine #500 June 2009
with Peter Sun, Dick DeBartolo, Stan Hart, Bob Staake, Don Edwing, Tom Cheney, Frank Jacobs, Rick Tulka, Angelo Torres, George Woodbridge, Mike Snider, Dave Berg, Joe Raiola, Brian Farrelly, Jack Davis, Mark Stutzman, Kevin Pope, Michael Gallagher, Mort Drucker, Arnie Kogen, Drew Friedman, Jonathan Bresman, James Warhola, Andrew J. Schwartzberg, Peter Kuper, Charlie Kadau, Henry Clark, Sean Eisenporth, Paul Coker, Jr., Bob Clarke, John Caldwell, Desmond Devlin, John Ficarra, Tom Koch, Frank Santopadre, Sam Viviano, Arie Kaplan, Al Jaffee, Anthony Barbieri, Bill Wray, Gerry Gersten, Sergio Aragonés, Tom Bunk, Irving Schild, Sean Farrelly
MAD Classics #22 July 2008
MAD Magazine #50 August 2012
Story: MAD – 60 Anos
with Larry Siegel, Frank Kelly Freas, Rick Tulka, Brian Farrelly, Al Jaffee, Frank Ridgeway, Norman Mingo, Tom Cheney, George Woodbridge, Jack Rickard, Dick DeBartolo, Bob Clarke, Don Edwing, John Caldwell, Tom Koch, Christopher Hart, Donald K. Epstein, Don Martin, Mark Fredrickson, Angelo Torres, Sergio Aragonés, Jack Davis, Irving Schild, Mort Drucker, Stan Hart, Frank Jacobs, Arnie Kogen, Sean Farrelly, Ray Alma, Dave Gantz, Paul Peter Porges, Mike Snider, Harry North, Paul Coker, Jr., Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond
Mini-MAD #2 July 2006
ECA! Magazine #3 January 2007
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