Meet the Cartoonist: Leigh Rubin
Nobody finds more fun and inspiration in dogs, cows, cats, kids, religion, weird and quirky people and just plain life in general than Leigh Rubin. His witty streak of humor shines through in his comic panel, Rubes, where the animals take on humanlike attitudes and the people behave, well, um, oddly. Sometimes silly, sometimes irreverent but always hilarious, Rubes has grown to be standard fare in newspapers around the globe, 365 days a year.
Through his humorous presentations "Sit-down comedian" Leigh emphasizes the rewards of persistence and the fun of problem solving while celebrating the joy of creativity. Leigh has gained a reputation for inspiring those who attend to add a little creativity to their own lives. Rubin says he tries to inspire people to break their normal routine of looking at things and think outside of the box, even though he himself has to draw inside a box.
About Leigh Rubin
Leigh began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes Publications. His first cartoon collection, the popular Notable Quotes musical cartoons, was published in 1981.
In 2009 Leigh celebrated the 25th anniversary of Rubes® with the publication of The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a “best of” collection which contains 240 of his personal favorites out of over 9,500 cartoons.
Originally self-syndicated, Rubes is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers worldwide. Rubes appears in major daily metropolitan papers, such as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Toronto Sun, The Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News and the (Portland) Oregonian.
Leigh also enjoys a busy schedule giving thought-provoking and entertaining cartoon presentations at conferences, as well as professional organizations all around the country.