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

RSS By: Leigh Rubin,

A cartoonish look at life...

Who's afraid?...

Jul 26, 2010

When I see a Chihuahua, Shih Tzu or any of the small dogs a friend of mine lovingly refers to as ‘puntables” I am hard pressed to see any link with these creatures and the Canis lupus, otherwise known as the wolf from which all dogs supposedly originated. If I were a wolf I certainly wouldn’t admit to being even remotely related to some of the now popular breeds of Canis lupus familiaris. Let’s face it, would Little Red Riding Hood even remotely be terrified of “The Big Bad Pomeranian?” Would the three little pigs have been blown away by a puny little Pekingese? I think not. Let’s face it, civilization has reduced the once furry, feared and pointy eared villain of so many fairy tales into a laughingstock. If I was a wolf it would make me very Grimm indeed.

Leigh's cartoony show comes to San Gabriel ,California on August 10th. Come join the fun! For details see:

It’s the hilarious new Rubes® 25th anniversary collection, The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes at:

The taste of Summer

Jul 18, 2010

Summer is here and that means I get to enjoy the taste of summer which comes conveniently packaged in the form of summer fruits. Peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots are all just tasty little bits of heaven, but my favorite summer fruit of all is the watermelon, not just because of the sweet, juicy goodness...(that would be enough right there!) But because in addition to all that slurpy deliciousness there are plenty of fond childhood memories of watermelon seed spitting contests. (Face it you just can’t get the same distance with a peach pit). Unfortunately many children never will have the opportunity to engage in the joy of launching a seed from across the room and nailing one of their friends or siblings in the forehead with a tiny black projectile because so many watermelons are now seedless, which is kind of sad as seedless watermelons, unable to reproduce, will have to adopt if they ever want to hear the pitter patter of little baby melons running around.

Before you know it there would be no more watermelons reproducing and summer will never again be the same and that really would be a pit-y.

Need a fun summer distraction? Then I have just the thing... It’s the hilarious new Rubes® 25th anniversary collection, The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes at:

Garden Gnomes

Jul 11, 2010

So I’m out with the big dog on my usual morning walk and I notice these strange little ‘’beings’’ peering out from behind the shrubs in front of my neighbor’s house. At first they look like miniature Santa Clauses but upon closer inspection (not too close as I don’t want to trespass and this neighbor has two particularly  aggressive cats which would be no match for my dog  but could still inflict some damage in the event of a dog-cat altercation) I see the three little Santas are actually garden gnomes.  Okay, so maybe I am dense or ignorant (insert sarcastic comment here) but exactly what purpose do garden gnomes serve?...I can think of none with the exception of the one featured in the mildly amusing Travelocity commercials. In reality they are about as useless as me when it comes to yard work. All they do is just stand there looking all cute and gnomey ( I can’t even do that) and doing nothing else whatsoever. I don’t know, maybe they serve as some sort of distraction from the weeds which are growing all around them. Come to think of it maybe that is their purpose. Maybe that’s all they are meant to do...just stand there and be a distraction. If that’s the case then my yard could use a couple hundred of them.

Need a fun distraction? Then I have just the thing... It’s the hilarious new Rubes® 25th anniversary collection, The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes at:

Work, work , work...

Jul 04, 2010

The first day back to work after vacation is always the hardest. Today was that day. So that I wouldn’t have such a hard time acclimating to the daily grind once vacation was over I decided to set up shop at my friend’s house. I have always wanted an office with a view and below you can see yours truly slaving over a hastily mocked up drawing board. In the inset is a view very similar to the one I was able to enjoy from my temporary office, also known as “the back deck.” Situated very close to where the photo was taken is a hammock...That’s where the real work is done...and rest assured, I spent a lot of time really, really working.

Take a break from work and enjoy the hilarious new Rubes® 25th anniversary collection, The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes at:



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