Ben Claassen III

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Ben Claassen III
Ben Claassen III
BornOctober 1, 1977
New Orleans
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Artist

Ben Claassen III is a comics artist and illustrator originally from New Orleans, Louisiana[1] who frequently works with non-traditional media such as stencils, long exposure photography, sign painting techniques, and the use of stop-motion animation via a Game Boy Camera. He is best known for his illustrations in Wil Wheaton's first book, Dancing Barefoot,[2] weekly illustrations in The Washington Post,[3] and for the weekly comic strip, DIRTFARM.[4]

DIRTFARM has appeared in several alternative weekly publications, including Washington City Paper, Baltimore City Paper, the Chicago Reader, Dagens Nyheter, Antigravity Magazine, The St. John Sun Times, and the Chattanooga Pulse.[5]

Claassen co-created and illustrated,[6][7] which was an early social media site started in 1999 that has since gone private.

In addition to his other work, Claassen keeps a daily comic journal, does work as a freelance illustrator / graphic designer, and paints large paintings (which are on permanent display at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA & Spacebar in Falls Church, VA).


  1. ^ "Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Washington City Paper's Ben Claassen III". 23 June 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  2. ^ "TNG's Wil ('Wesley Crusher') Wheaton Waxes Nostalgic in Dancing Barefoot". 31 March 2004. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Washington Post: Baggage Check".
  4. ^ "DIRTFARM: weekly comic".
  5. ^ "Comics Stripped : As alt-weeklies drop their funnies, is the end of a genre near?". 12 February 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  6. ^ Powazek, Derek (2001). Design For Community, p. 267. Waite Group Press, USA. ISBN 0735710759.
  7. ^ Morris, Holly. "Blogging Burgeons As a Form of Web Expression ", US News & World Report, USA, 7 January 2001.

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