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February 26, 2017

HERBLOCK PRIZE

I'm very honored to have won the 2017 Herblock Prize.

 

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I'm going to the award ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 29, where I'll make a speech to receive the award, and Representative John Lewis will deliver the Herblock Lecture.  How incongruous: a guy who makes comics sharing the podium with a living legend and American hero.

 

Yes, that's right: John Lewis makes comics!

 

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I thank the Herblock Foundation and the judges.  And thanks to all the very kind congratulatory words from folks all around social media.  And congratulations to the Herblock finalist Marty Two Bulls Sr., an Oglala Dakota artist and cartoonist who does fantastic and very diverse work.

 

I'm proud to share the award (but not the prize money) with my partners and absolutely essential friends:  Boing Boing, which premiers Tom the Dancing Bug on the web every week, Andrews McMeel Syndication, which distributes it to my great and valued newspaper clients, Daily Kos, and GoComics...

 

... and of course, that motley squad of the greatest heroes, ne'er-do-wells, gamblers and outlaws ever assembled, the Proud & Mighty INNER HIVE, without whom, truly, none of this would be possible.

 

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The Herblock Foundation's press release:

 

WASHINGTON, DC, Wednesday, February 23th, 2017 – Ruben Bolling, pen name for Ken Fisher, has been named the winner of the 2017 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.

 

Ruben Bolling is the author of the weekly comic strip “Tom the Dancing Bug,” distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication to many newspapers across North America.  It also appears on:  BoingBoing.net, one of the most linked-to websites in the world; DailyKos.com, the U.S.’s largest progressive blog; and Gocomics.com, the largest comic strip website.

 

“Tom the Dancing Bug” is a free-format comic strip that uses varying types of humor, artistic styles and formats.  It’s an unusual strip in that in any given week, it could feature a spoof, a multi-panel sketch, political or absurdist humor, recurring characters or caricatures of real people.  But during 2016, political subject matter was at its heart, as it mostly dealt with the election and the rise to power of Donald Trump.

 

Ruben Bolling was the Finalist for the 2016 Herblock Award.  He was the 2014 winner of the Society of Illustrators Best Cartoon Award in its Art Annual.  In 2011, Bolling won the Sigma Delta Chi Award from The Society of Professional Journalists, for Editorial Cartooning.  “Tom the Dancing Bug” has been twice-nominated for the Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip or Panel, and has won the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award for Best Cartoon five times.

 

Ruben Bolling has authored three Tom the Dancing Bug compilation books:  Thrilling Tom the Dancing Bug Stories (Andrews McMeel, 2004); All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My Golf-Playing Cats (NBM Publishing, 1997); and Tom the Dancing Bug (HarperCollins, 1992).

 

In 2015, Ruben Bolling started a series of chapter books for children called the EMU Club Adventures.  The first two installments, Alien Invasion in My Backyard and Ghostly Thief of Time, were both published in 2015 by Andrews McMeel.

 

In addition to the weekly comic strip, The New Yorker has published full page color cartoons by Bolling, and original comics by Bolling have been published in such magazines as Nickelodeon, Mad Magazine, ESPN The Magazine and Harper’s.

 

Bolling lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

 

The Herblock Prize is awarded annually by The Herb Block Foundation for “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous independent standard set by Herblock.” The winner receives a $15,000 after-tax cash prize and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy. Ruben Bolling will receive the Prize on March 29th in a ceremony held at the Library of Congress. Representative John Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, will deliver the annual Herblock Lecture at the awards ceremony. 

 

Judges for this year’s contest were Mark Fiore, editorial cartoonist in animation and winner of the 2016 Herblock Prize; Matt Wuerker, editorial cartoonist for Politico and 2010 Herblock Prize winner; and Martha Kennedy, curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Art at the Library of Congress.

 

Mark Fiore added, “Ruben Bolling’s cartoons are consistently sharp, funny and incredibly original. His use of recurring characters, like Hollingsworth Hound and Lucky Ducky, add a wonderfully inventive richness to his masterful satire. Bolling’s deft skewering operates under the cover of silly cartoon fun.”

 

Wuerker stated, “Ruben Bolling created his own unique style of political cartoon, one that’s full of sly allusions and clever twists. Tom the Dancing Bug pushed the form into new territory with imaginative tropes, deft imagery and provocative allegory. He makes his political points with a humor and writing style that’s fresh and singularly his own.”

 

This year’s finalist is Marty Two Bulls Sr., a freelance cartoonist who has drawn editorial cartoons for the Indian Country Today Media Network since 2001. He will receive a $5,000 after-tax cash prize. Fiore commented, “The cartoons of Marty Two Bulls, Sr. take a hard-hitting look at issues impacting native peoples. His bold style screams with powerful messages that have been overlooked by much of society.  Two Bulls’ strong work exemplifies a courage and ferocity that is the lifeblood of a good political cartoon.”

 

The Herb Block Foundation seeks to further the recognition and support of editorial cartooning: www.herbblockfoundation.org.  

 

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January 29, 2017

Join Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE, and help fight Trump

 

Join Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE subscription service, and

FROM NOW UNTIL 2/7/17,

more the DOUBLE your INNER HIVE sign-up charge will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, which currently engaged in the critical fight against Donald Trump's discriminatory policies.

 

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For more information on the ACLU, click here.

 

When you join the INNER HIVE, you get each week's Tom the Dancing Bug comic emailed to you at least one day before it's published, along with commentary, puns, profuse apologies, preliminary art, palindromes, additional comics, "content", yummy recipes, architectural blueprints, folk remedies, secret treasure maps, etc.  The cost of membership is only $11.95 per six months.

 

And through 2/7, when you pay that $11.95 for the first six months, $25 will be donated to help defend our rights against Donald Trump.    

 

How else can you get exclusive access to stupid comics AND help the journalists of world and the U.S. make their countries a better place to live?

 

To join the INNER HIVE and help the ACLU, click here.

 

Thank you for your support of Tom the Dancing Bug and everyone's Civil Rights.

-Ruben Bolling

 

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P.S.

ACT NOW (i.e., through 2/7) and you'll also get a high-resolution file of the below comic, which you can use to produce a high-quality print.

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January 23, 2017

TRUMP INAUGURATION

I did this cartoon for The Nib's Twitter project to troll Trump during the Inauguration.

 

The assignment was to illustrate the phrase "You lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million.  Sad."

 

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You can see all the contributing cartoonists' cartoons here.



December 14, 2016

RUBEN BOLLING APPEARANCES

From the EMU Club Adventures team:

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SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, BOOK FAIRS, CONVENTIONS

 

Cartoonist and children's book author Ruben Bolling is available for presentations to kids in audiences of all sizes.

 

Ruben is the New York City area-based author of The EMU Club Adventures series of books, published by Andrews McMeel Publishers.  The first two (both published in 2015) are:

 

ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD; and

 

GHOSTLY THIEF OF TIME

 

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His presentations always get kids laughing and cheering, while they learn about:

 

- Ruben's road to becoming a cartoonist,

- Overcoming obstacles and the value of persistence,

- The real-life secret origin of the EMU Club,

- Being curious and finding wonder in everyday mysteries,

- The importance of storytelling. 

 

 

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"Mr. Bolling was so funny.  I only stopped laughing twice!"

"I like Stuart because he never gives up.  And Ferdinand is the best dog ever."

"It was cool to see the comics Mr. Bolling made when he was my age."

"This was the best.  I want to know about the real mystery of the blob!"

 

 

Ruben can present at large assemblies, in classrooms, or even conduct cartooning workshops, teaching kids how to write and draw a comic strip.

 

For more information about Ruben Bolling and The EMU Club Adventures, click here.

 

Contact teamdancingbug@gmail.com for information about how you can arrange for Ruben Bolling to visit your school, library, book fair, or event.

 

EMU CLUB READERS - GHOSTLY THIEF TIME

 

 

 

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December 03, 2016

JOIN THE INNER HIVE, HELP PROTECT JOURNALISTS

 

DECEMBER 19 UPDATE:

FOR SIGN-UPS 12/19 TO 12/24, THE $25 DONATION WILL BE MADE TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, NOT COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS.

I've generated donations for the Committee to Protect Journalists for over two weeks, and I'm so grateful to those who joined me in supporting that important organization.  I've decided that for the last six days of the Inner Hive Drive (through 12/24), for every INNER HIVE sign-up, a $25 donation will be made to Doctors Without Borders, which provides vital medical aid where it's most needed, including the catastrophe currently occurring in Aleppo.

 

To join the INNER HIVE, click here.

For more information on Doctors Without Borders, click here.

 

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December 4, 2016

 

With Donald Trump's election, I join many in thinking about ways in which we can donate to organizations that will counteract the anticipated effects of his presidency. 

 

One of the ways I want to do my part is in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists.  They do amazing, vital work protecting the rights, freedom and lives of journalists (including cartoonists) around the world, and stand ready to do so in the United States.

 

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If you were thinking about joining Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE, now's the time to do it.

 

 

FROM NOW UNTIL 12/24/16,

more the DOUBLE your INNER HIVE sign-up charge will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes Freedom of the Press.

 

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When you join the INNER HIVE, you get each week's Tom the Dancing Bug comic emailed to you at least one day before it's published, along with commentary, puns, profuse apologies, preliminary art, palindromes, additional comics, "content", yummy recipes, architectural blueprints, folk remedies, secret treasure maps, etc.  The cost of membership is only $11.95 per six months.

 

And through 12/24, when you pay that $11.95 for the first six months, $25 will be donated to help defend the rights of journalists and cartoonists to report and comment on the news without fear of reprisal.  I believe that promoting a free press is one of the most effective ways to help the citizens of repressive nations, by exposing corruption, government malfeasance and war crimes.  

 

And unfortunately, under the Trump administration, I believe the fight for a free press in the United States is going to enter one of its most challenging and dangerous chapters in history. 

 

How else can you get exclusive access to stupid comics AND help the journalists of world and the U.S. make their countries a better place to live?

 

To join the INNER HIVE and help the Committee to Protect Journalists, click here.

For more information on the Committee to Protect Journalists, click here.

 

Thank you for your support of Tom the Dancing Bug and the power of Freedom of Speech.

-Ruben Bolling

 

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November 23, 2016

THE EMU CLUB ADVENTURES, BOOKS ONE AND TWO, SIGNED & SKETCHED

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SHARE THE JOY OF EMUS WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

 

For a limited time, I'm offering copies of The EMU Club Adventures, Books 1 and 2, with a personalized signature and drawing in each.

 

"There are tons of little mysteries all around us.  Sometimes if you look really, really closely at them, you find out some amazing, incredible things.  And you might just save the world."

-Stuart Tennemeier, President of The EMU Club

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"Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue" -Publishers Weekly

"The type of non-stop action and improbably hilarious fun only a kid could dream up" -GeekDad

"The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hope to live in when I was 12" -Cory Doctorow

"A pleaser for Wimpy Kid fans" -Kirkus Reviews

Featured in the 2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers List (American Booksellers Association)

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You get both books, signed and sketched, shipping included, for $59.00.

 

Continental U.S. only for now, please.

 

INNER HIVE members: please wait for special instructions that will be included in the next (week of 11/28) INNER HIVE email.

(Click here to join the INNER HIVE.)

 

If you would like the books signed "to" a particular name (your name, the name of a gift recipient, etc.),  type that name in the field below.  If not, you can leave that field blank.

 

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UPDATE 12/1: THIS OFFER IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ORDERED.

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Of course, you can also buy both or either book in the regular way on Amazon...

BOOK ONE:  ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD

BOOK TWO: GHOSTLY THIEF OF TIME

… or you can purchase them elsewhere by clicking here, or even by going to a bookstore!

 

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