Khalil Bendib

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Khalil Bendib

Khalil Bendib (born Paris, France) is an Algerian fine artist and political cartoonist.[1] Born during the Algerian revolution, Bendib spent 3 years in Morocco before returning to Algeria aged 6. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Algiers, he left Algeria at the age of 20. He currently resides in Berkeley, California.

Bendib became a professional political cartoonist and sculptor/ceramicist after earning his Master's Degree at the University of Southern California in 1982. His early political cartoons were published in the USC Daily Trojan newspaper.[2]

In 1995, Bendib resigned a position he had held working for Gannett Newspapers (based at the San Bernardino County Sun).

Largely utilizing the internet, Bendib now distributes his political cartoons independently to alternative media outlets outside of the corporate mainstream media. By August 2007, when his first book, Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist, was published,[3][4]

In addition to his work as a cartoonist, Bendib also co-hosts a weekly one-hour radio program called Voices of the Middle East and North Africa on Pacifica Radio station KPFA (94.1 FM), in Berkeley, California.[5] He also continues to exhibit his sculptures and ceramics.[6]

In 2008, Bendib ran a spoof campaign for President of the United States, claiming to be the first Muslim-American candidate.[7] However, Randall A. Venson, an actual candidate, preceded him in 2000.[8]


  • Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist, Olive Branch Press/Interlink Books, 2007


  1. ^ Fayeq Oweis (2008). Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists. ABC-CLIO. pp. 56–60. ISBN 978-0-313-33730-7. 
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  3. ^ Kam Williams, "Satirical cartoonist Bendib a madman on a 'Mission'", Bay State Banner, August 30, 2007  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  4. ^ Julianne Ong Hing, "'America's most wanted'" cartoonist, ColorLines, January 1, 2008  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. ^ [1] Archived July 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Elaine Pasquini, ""The Sands of Time": Sculptures and Ceramics of Khalil Bendib", Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 31, 2001  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  7. ^ Khalil Bendib (2007-09-10). "First Muslim American president?". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  8. ^ [2] Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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