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May 2010 Archive for Rubes Cartoons - Tales from a Twisted Mind

RSS By: Leigh Rubin, AgWeb.com

A cartoonish look at life...

Bringing down the house

May 29, 2010

Did you ever have a song you just couldn’t get out of your head?... Me too. It could be an old song I haven’t heard for years or it could just be a catchy advertising jingle that has been playing incessantly on the T.V. or radio. Either way it’s enough to drive the people that I live with (wife) crazy probably because I will inevitably start to hum it (or worse, sing it) while going about my daily routine. I suspect one family member (wife) finds this particularly irritating. The reason I have come to this conclusion is that for no apparent reason (other than me repeatedly humming/singing) the door to that family member’s (wife) office will unexpectedly close (SLAM!)  even though there is no one else in the house other than me and the dogs. My humming /singing doesn’t seem to bother them. (I think). Speaking of songs I can’t get out of my head, just last night my son and his friends performed the classic 60’s rock song “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream at their high school’s  spectacular year end production , “Best of the Beat.”(For a rockin’ time see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOzTgkKcnnA ).  Man, those kids really brought the house down much like a certain family member (wife) will bring our house down if the door to that family member’s office slams any harder.

 

 Just in time for Father’s Day and graduation! It’s the brand new Best of Rubes® collection, “The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes.” Available now at your favorite neighborhood or online bookstore!

The Rubes Cartoony Show comes to Palmdale, Calif. on June 5! For details, see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

Let's shake on it

May 23, 2010

 Just had a terrific time doing two Rubes cartoony show events for the readers of the Modesto Bee and the Sacramento Bee newspapers. As always, it’s a blast sharing laughs with so many great folks. (See:

 Comic strip creator Leigh Rubin brings his humor to Modesto ) As much as I like getting out on the road I don’t think my dog appreciates me being gone and not taking him for his usual two long walks a day. We have been walking rain or shine for several years and he has come to expect it. He will sit and stare at me at the appropriate times of day until I get the message that “It’s time!” (I wish there was a way for me to explain to him that when I’m away it’s usually for business and it helps puts kibble on the table...) I have met and become friends with many of my neighbors on these walks and my dog has made many friends too.  Naturally we have different ways of greeting our friends. Both methods work equally well depending of course which species you are. Personally I prefer the “human” greeting of saying “Hi” or shaking hands as opposed to the canine method...if you get my drift.

The perfect gift for Dads grads or that special wild and twisted person in your life! It’s Leigh’s new Best of Rubes® collection, “The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes.” Available now at your favorite neighborhood or online bookstore!



The Rubes Cartoony Show comes to Palmdale, Calif. on June 5! For details, see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

 

Putting my foot down

May 17, 2010

I can’t tell you how many times when, being  lost in my own thoughts, walking from one part of the house to the next, I just happen to look down at the last minute and have been “miraculously saved” from tripping and/or breaking my neck all because one of my  kids had left something lying around. It wasn’t just the big things that were dangerous either. Little toys like those stray pointy Lego pieces can cause acute discomfort when they come in to contact with bare feet. My wife and I were so cautious about baby proofing our house too. Every cabinet door, electrical outlet and even the brick hearth on the fireplace was childproofed. It must have worked because I can’t remember any of our kids getting injured due to our lack of parental vigilance. (They managed to make up for during the teen years when we weren’t supervising them as closely). Apparently kids don’t generally return the favor. I can’t ever recall them being concerned enough to “adult proof” the house. Fortunately, potential accidents are relatively rare these days with the kids getting older but now we have a new challenge. Our border collie/Aussie Sheppard mix is often the victim of my “big clumsy people feet” after she silently sneaks up next to me and patiently waits for her ball to be thrown. But even that’s not as bad as it used to be. There was a time not too long ago when it was much worse...like before she was housebroken.
25 years in the making...It’s Leigh’s new Best of Rubes® collection, “The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes.” The perfect gift for that special wild and twisted person in your life! Available now at your favorite neighborhood or online bookstore!

 Come see Leigh in Modesto on May 19, Sacramento on May 20, and Palmdale, Calif., on June 5. For details, see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

Giving thanks

May 11, 2010

 Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. It was the second time I had been there and like the first time the folks at the Register were absolutely terrific! The audience was great (they laughed in all the right places) but what really made it a most memorable evening was that my third grade teacher, Mrs. Mullen, was there. Mrs. Mullen (I can’t help but still call her that!) was the teacher who I credit with influencing me early on to pursue a career in art...and all she did was to speak a few kind words about some silly third grade art project I had created over 40 years ago. It’s truly remarkable how one person can make such a difference. Her few words of praise made quite an impression and most certainly influenced the direction my life took. Let’s face it, teachers don’t always get the respect they deserve, so it gave me great pleasure to thank her publicly for the positive influence she has had on my life. In fact, I’d like to thank her one more time...Thanks again, Mrs. Mullen! (Um, you can stop looking over my shoulder now...)  


25 years in the making...It’s Leigh’s new Best of Rubes® collection, “The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes.” The perfect gift for that special wild and twisted person in your life! Available now at your favorite neighborhood or online bookstore!

Come see Leigh in Modesto on May 19, Sacramento on May 20, and Palmdale, Calif., on June 5. For details, see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html










 

Flip flopping around

May 07, 2010

 When I was a kid my parents bought me zorries. Zorries, for those of you who may be unaware of the term, are flip-flops, you know, those common rubber sandals that were popular beach attire. Flip flops were also known as thongs. These days thongs have become another popular form of beach attire though they cover much less than the bottom (of the feet).

 

Want to win your very own autographed copy of Leigh’s new best of Rubes® collection, “The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes?! All you have to do is to share the funniest thing to ever happen to you on your farm. To enter the contest just click on the following link and Enter now!  (Better hurry...Contest ends May 7th...That's today!!!)



Come see Leigh in Modesto, on May 19, Sacramento on May 20 and Palmdale, CA on June 5th.... For details see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html



 

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