Benton began his career in a t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters on T-shirts, which launched a career in licensing and the creation of characters like It's Happy Bunny, a property that has generated over 3/4 of a billion dollars at retail, won three Addy Awards, and five top LIMA licensing awards. People Magazine named him "one of the most visible cartoonists in America." and The Wall Street Journal said "Mr. Benton's intellectual properties. . .have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies." Publishers Weekly remarked simply: "Who could resist [ Jim Benton ]?" He created an animated series called The Secret Files of the SpyDogs for FoxKids, he is the creator, author and artist of the Franny K. Stein series of books, as well as the New York Times bestselling Dear Dumb Diary series, which was made into a made-for-tv musical which Benton produced and co-wrote. He is also the recipient of a National Cartoonist Society Reuben divisional award. Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. is the first collection of his web cartoons.