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

RSS By: Leigh Rubin, AgWeb.com

A cartoonish look at life...

Disarming them with humor

Apr 29, 2010

In a few weeks I was to have been the luncheon speaker for a well known organization but there was a last minute change and now I’ve been replaced by some secretary named Robert. I was told this guy, Robert, is supposed to be some sort of big wig. But how big can he be if he’s just a secretary? Oh, I’m sure he can probably type faster than me but I’ll bet I can fetch coffee and make copies just as good as he can. Apparently Robert's boss is the president of some big organization and he sends Robert all over the world because he has good people skills, but, hey, I can be pretty personable too. I guess I could I could have called up Robert and complained but he might have gone ballistic probably would have blown up at me and the last thing I need to be is stuck on the phone with some defensive secretary. 

(Correction, I was actually replaced by a retired secretary named “William.” (William Perry that is...retired Secretary of Defense. Both Perry and George Schultz have teamed up to push for the new START treaty which attempts to reduce the number of nukes in the world...I still would have been funnier though...)


 

 

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American pop culture

Apr 21, 2010

We Americans have a lot to be thankful for. We have more liberties, more food and especially more pop culture than any other country on the face of the Earth. Unless you live in a cave or on a remote deserted island (without cable) you have probably been exposed to American pop culture. Since I do not live in a cave or on a remote deserted island and I do have cable it should come as no surprise that on occasion some American pop culture references will find their way into my cartoons. Take, for example, the cartoon below. It has not one, not two, not three, but four (that’s right, go ahead and count ‘em) pop culture references. It’s probably my personal best as far as the pop culture category goes.  I admit, if you are from another country or even if you are from this country but are under a certain age you will probably take one look at the cartoon and say, “Huh?” Quite honestly I wouldn’t blame you. But I know I’ve hit the mark, at least with a certain demographic, when I receive emails saying how much someone has really enjoyed a particular cartoon. For example, I received an email from a newspaper editor telling me that the cartoon below was like a “cartoon grenade.” ...He read it and then, “four, three, two, one”...“POW!” It hit him. He had his wife read it and the same thing happened. For those of you who think I just doodle around all day it really did take some effort to work all of that pop culture into a single cartoon. After all, I wouldn't want you to think I was just horsin’ around.

 


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!


Live near Southern California? If so then please visit the Rubes Cartoons booth #811 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books April 24th and 25th at UCLA. For details see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html



















 

All the news that's unfit to print

Apr 19, 2010

Why is it so hard for some celebrities to stay out of trouble? It seems at least once a week (but usually more) we are treated to the latest actor or sports star scandal.  If it isn’t drug or alcohol abuse then its marital infidelity or spousal abuse. Maybe I’m in the minority here but I could really care less. I have enough drama in my own life. It has been said that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Personally, when it comes to all the scandals and gossip I prefer the quote, “No news is good news." 

 

 

 
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!

 

 

 

 Live near Southern California? If so then please visit the Rubes Cartoons booth #811 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books April 24th and 25th at UCLA. For details see: www.rubescartoons.com/events.html



 

There's one born every minute

Apr 15, 2010
I know I’ve blogged about this before, but how is possible that anybody ever falls for those email scams where someone from a foreign land has come across a huge sum of money and they need to get it out of their country and somehow or another out of six billion people on this planet they found your email address and only you can help them...And for your help you will be rewarded handsomely. Take for instance this excerpt from one of those scam emails I just received today: ” ... Without boring you with politics of Russia, I will go straight to the point to ask for your cooperation to discreetly re-profile funds worth fifty two million, two hundred thousand euro own by this business tycoon from its present location via a bank in eastern Europe to a new investment location. You will be paid eight percent for your 'management consultancy fees.” Now I’m no mathematician but eight percent of 250 million plus Euros is definitely not chump change. In fact I’ll bet you could buy a whole lot of lollipops with it or more likely in this case, one big sucker.

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!


Laughs for free at: www.rubescartoons.com!

Practical Joking

Apr 13, 2010

I like practical jokes. Why they are called “practical” I know not because in most cases there is nothing practical about them. One of my favorite practical jokes was when "I" sent a “Greetings from Hawaii” type postcard to a friend of mine. In reality I had given the postcard to a friend of my wife’s who was going to be in Hawaii and she mailed it to my friend in Oregon. My friend received the postcard and assumed, of course, that I was there on vacation never suspecting in fact that my wife and I had driven up from California to “surprise” him. His wife was in on the scheme the whole time and it was fun to see his expression when we showed up at his house unexpectedly. Of course sometimes surprises can backfire as it did the time I went to surprise the same friend only this time no one was in on the joke. I flew up to Oregon, took a train to Hood River and then attempted to hitchhike the rest of way to my friend’s house. The problem was I was never very good at hitchhiking. (My brother on the other hand hitched back and forth across the entire U.S.) A few cars pulled over and then as I approached, sped away laughing. So I was stuck lugging my broken suitcase (I had a belt tied around it to hold it together) uphill for over three miles during a very chilly Oregon winter evening. Oh, did I forget to mention that my friend and his wife passed me while I was doing the “great trudge of ‘76?” I yelled at them (and probably worse) to stop but to no avail. When I finally reached their home they were relaxing watching Saturday Night Live and were pretty surprised to see me. Then my friend tells me that after he passed me by he had said to his wife how he couldn’t believe how much the hitchhiker looked liked me. That time the practical joke was on me...probably because by lugging that suitcase I practically gave myself a hernia.

 
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!


The joke’s on you every day at: www.rubescartoons.com 





 

Rejection

Apr 09, 2010

When it comes to rejection I have certainly had my fair share. When you are a writer or cartoonist it just goes with the territory. There are many stories of writers who have been turned down over and over again and it’s only through sheer dogged persistence that they don’t give up. Dr. Seuss is a great example. Apparently he was rejected by dozens of publishers before his first book made it into print. But what if he had given up? There would be no Horton Hears a Who, no Cat in the Hat, no Green Eggs and Ham and of course no, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The world of would most definitely be a poorer place. Thank goodness Dr. Seuss didn’t take no for an answer. Of course Dr. Suess is only one example of countless people that didn’t give up so easily. I find reading other people’s tales of overcoming rejection inspiring. We may never know how many great stories never saw the light of day because their authors were too thin skinned to deal with rejection. The media loves to focus on stories of the supposed “overnight success” but in reality most overnight successes happen over many, many nights. Good things may come to those who wait but unfortunately some writers and artists achieve their greatest success posthumously or in the case of a humorist or cartoonist ...post-humorously. Oh well, you know what they say, “better late than never.”

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!




See a new Rubes cartoon every day at: www.rubescartoons.com 

Spring break

Apr 07, 2010

Springtime is here and that means it’s time for spring break. Spring is that special time of year when we celebrate the end of a long cold winter and welcome in all the beauty of nature’s glorious rebirth. Spring break, on the other hand is a great reason to Party! Party! Party! I wonder how many college kids will forget what they did on spring break, or would like to forget what they did on spring break. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology such as camcorders, camera phones, Facebook and all the other social networking sites those long “lost” memories will live on forever! Just think what priceless moments the young adults of today will be able to share with their future grandchildren! Those little tykes will never believe when they see how many brewskis grandpa could chug so quickly or how grandma, (who also was no slacker when it came to guzzling mass quantities of beer), just loved to share how uninhibited (and firm!) she was by removing her bikini top at every possible opportunity!

In addition to all the fun, spring break is also great for the economy. Besides all the bucks spent on travel, lodging and alcohol it also brings huge amounts of money into the bail bonds business. After all, with so many kids partying to excess it’s a given that many parents will be getting those late night calls to come spring their children from the local jail and in some cases I’m sure it will just about break them.

 
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!



Make  www.rubescartoons.com  your spring break destination!

Almost Famous

Apr 04, 2010

According to Andy Warhol each one of us will be famous for 15 minutes. Some of us may get more time and some of us may get less. Some so-called celebrities get way too much if you ask me. In the last week or so I have used up at least half of my15 minutes of fame allotment, that is if “fame” can be measured in terms of TV airtime. While I was in Kansas City on my mini-Midwest book tour I was invited to be a morning guest on WDAF. It’s amazing just how fast two and a half minutes fly by! Now, through the magic of the internet you too can see just how tired I can look after four days of no sleep...http://www.fox4kc.com/news/morningnews/wdaf-cartoonist-leigh-rubins-032510,0,6177884.story

The next day I was invited to appear on WIBW in Topeka which was also great fun. And last but not least KCOY in Santa Maria, Ca requested to do an interview before my event there on April 1st.  http://www.kcoy.com/Global/story.asp?S=12242910 (to see the interview just click on the "Featured Video" link). By my calculations I only have about five and a half minutes of fame left. My goodness, where does the time go? I guess it’s true what they say...Fame really is fleeting.


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!

Take a humor break and pop on over to: www.rubescartoons.com !

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