From Templar Connect
|Occupation||Writer for the Templar Crusade|
|Relatives||Jakob Kowalski, Miriam Kowalski|
|The Great Outdoors, page 1.|
- Benjamin: Hebrew, "Son of the Right Hand."
- Ben's a recent transplant to the city of Templar, Arizona from Yakima, Washington.
- Quiet and unsocial by nature, Ben would probably be mistaken for a brooding loner if he weren't so thoroughly deferential and harmless-looking. 
- - Spike
Ben is the main character of Templar, Arizona. As of the beginning of the comic, he has been living in Templar for two months, after running away from his parents and his hometown of Yakima, Washington. He is on medication prescribed by his psychiatrist, Dr. Alice Bright, also of Yakima. He doesn't drink alcohol , perhaps a condition of his prescription.
"Ben the Writer"
He remarks that his choice to become a writer is a strange one, feeling he is not as passionate about it as he should be . He is unable to enjoy classic literature such as Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations and prefers what he calls "gimmick books," a taste that he feels is a hindrance to his career.
Ben was born in South Korea and was adopted by Jakob and Miriam Kowalski.
He suffers from an unspecified mental disorder. He dropped out of high school in his senior year and, for reasons as yet unclear, ran away from his home in Yakima, Washington. He has not been in contact with his parents since. He continues to take a prescription for his disorder, but no longer receives therapy.
In his first two months after arriving in Templar, Ben was mostly a shut-in; since the start of the comic, he has slowly been integrating into an odd social circle.
Though he has only met her once so far, there is the hint of a romantic spark between him and Heather Anne Morgan.
He seems to harbor some kind of resentment towards his parents, having left home leaving no indication of his whereabouts and breaking off communications. However, he does seem to feel more fondly for his mother than his father. 
Ben is very short. This often creates the impression that he is much younger than he is. Scipio believes that he gives the air of a celebrity.
In Templar's original form, in which all the characters were anthropomorphic animals, Ben was a panda.
In another pre-creation idea, Ben was going to be blind. (The Great Outdoors, p. 93).
He pays for his apartment through the sales of his erotic fiction; he is currently writing his fourth novel.