Ben Snakepit is a zinester and artist from Austin, Texas, USA.
Ben is best known as the creator of Snakepit sine. Snakepit is a comic zine that features a three panel comic about each day of Ben's life. In interviews Ben has cited Jim's Journal by Scott Dikkers, a comic that appeared in The Onion, as his initial inspiration, although Dikker's comic was fictional, while Ben's is factual. Some issues of Snakepit have appeared as a split with zines such as Clutch, Tight Pants, Amazing Adult Fantasy and Gullible. Contributors to Snakepit have included Janelle Hessig of Tales Of Blarg. The zine is published quarterly. As well, Ben has released the zine in one-year anthologies. Snakepit was first published in book form by Gorky Press in 2004. Simply called Snakepit, it featuring three years of Ben Snake Pit's comic life, with a foreword by Aaron Cometbus. A second book of Snakepit comics, My Life In A Jugular Vein, published by Young American Comics, appeared in 2007. After the release of this book, Ben decided to return to the one-year anthology format with the release of Snakepit 2007 in spring of 2008, and subsequently Snakepit 2008 will be released later this year.
Ben Snakepit is also a musician and has played with a number of bands including J Church. In 2006, J Church released a split single with the band Off With Their Heads, of which zinester Nate Gangelhoff is a member.
- Snakepit, published by Gorky Press, 2004
- My Life In A Jugular Vein: The Second Snakepit Book, published by Young American Comics, 2007