Ben Sargent


Ben Sargent is the Texas Observer's longtime cartoonist. He launched his career drawing editorial cartoons for the Austin American-Statesman in 1974. He was born in Amarillo into a newspaper family and learned the printing trade from age 12 and started working for the local daily as a proof runner at 14. He attended Amarillo College and received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. Sargent won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1982. He has also received awards from Women in Communications, Inc., Common Cause of Texas, and Cox Newspapers. He is the author of Texas Statehouse Blues (1980) and Big Brother Blues (1984).

Articles by Ben Sargent
A cartoon depicting Republicans in the monk's robes, worshipping an automatic rifle on an altar surrounded by smoking incense burners. The text reads, "Moloch ... the ancient and powerful god who brooks no dissent and demands the periodic sacrifice of children ..."

Loon Star State: Moloch

In his latest political cartoon for the Observer, Ben Sargent considers the violent religious beliefs of the modern Republican party.

by Ben Sargent