Bill Hinds

Bill HindsBill is the drawing half of the team, with writer Jeff Millar, that created the sports comic strip Tank McNamara. Tank has been running steadily in as many as 300 papers since 1975. In 1987, Bill was named Sports Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. Whe Jeff Millar pased away in November of 2012, Bill took over the writing duties.

Tank can be found on There’s also a Tank McNamara Facebook page.

Hinds created, writes and draws the cartoon feature Buzz Beamer for the magazine Sports Illustrated Kids. Buzz Beamer has been the most popular feature in SI for Kids since the magazine’s first issue in 1989. In 2001, Bill won the New Media division award atthe National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards for his online animations featuring Buzz. That animation can be found at

In 2001 the busy cartoonist introduced a new comic strip, Cleats, about kids, parents, and sports. Cleats ran in as many as 50 newspapers. The feature concluded with a spooky strip on Halloween 2010.

Cleats reruns an be found on

In 2010 Bill traveled on a NCS/USO trip with several other cartoonists to visit troops in Iraq. Additionally, he and fellow cartoonists have made several NCS/USO trips to visit wounded soldiers in base hospitals in the states.

Bill, was born on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1950, in Houston, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. (Go Lumberjacks!)

He formerly served on th board of both the National Cartoonists Society and the Newspaper Features Council.

Bill and his wife Lisa, live in Spring, Texas. They have three daughters scattered about the country.