James "Jim" Simpkins
was a Canadian cartoonist
. He worked for many years with the National Film Board
before launching a successful freelancing career in Toronto
. His rich career included work for Hudson’s Bay Company
, book illustration
, cartoons to numerous publications in Canada
and the US and even designing a postage stamp.
However, his most famous character was Jasper the Bear which appeared for over 20 years in Maclean’s magazine. Extremely popular across Canada it became the symbol for Jasper National Park in Alberta.
James Simpkins passed away on Feb 1st 2004 at the age of 93.