A great grandson of Latvian immigrants, Ben was born 1977 in Australia. Much of his childhood was spent doing lots of things requiring subsequent Tetanus shots. He spent the rest of his time watching cartoons, reading MAD, and doodling. Ben continues to doodle for a living. He's doodled books like WHO FLUNG DUNG?, TORTOISE V HARE THE REMATCH, and DON'T WAKE THE TROLL. Ben lives in Brisbane with his wife and their dog "Foo". In his spare time he makes puppets and plays the Banjolele.