Alien Invasion by Ruben Bolling
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May 04, 2018

Tom the Dancing Bug wins the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism

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Hey, Tom the Dancing Bug won the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism Award.  It's a special honor for me both because of the accomplishments and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy, and also because the award recognizes work in the area of human rights and social justice.

 

I'll be attending the Award Ceremony on May 22 at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

 

I'm especially looking forward to receiving the handsome bust of Robert F. Kennedy, whose stern countenance in my office will no doubt provide a constant reminder for me not to engage in organized crime.

 

As always, I thank my teammates in creating the comic strip, who share this award with me: 

- Andrews McMeel Syndication, my partner for 21 years, and the many indispensable print clients to whom they distribute Tom the Dancing Bug; 

- Boing Boing, the fantastic website that made the comic part of its creative, intelligent, and enthusiastic community;

- Daily Kos, the great political website who I'm so fortunate shares with me their sharp, engaged audience; and

- GoComics, the best and largest comics website on the internet.

 

And of course, I thank THE INNER HIVE, that superhero team of crime-fighters and evil-defiers who make the comic strip possible month after month, year after year.  In fact, if you've ever thought of joining (or even if you haven't), isn't this the perfect day to climb aboard Tom the Dancing Bug's mission of social justice, truth-telling, giant wombats, and idiotic time-travel?

 

Please join me in THE INNER HIVE here.

 

Thanks to the RFK Center and the judges for this honor.

- R. Bolling

 

 

One of the 2017 comics from the package that won the award: 

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March 15, 2018

DIARY OF A WIMPY CARTOONIST

 

Hey, I had such an amazing time at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe Friday night.  Bookstore owner Jeff Kinney (superstar author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid) invited me over to give a presentation and sign some books, and I was so thrilled, and touched, at the love-fest it became for Tom the Dancing Bug and The EMU Club Adventures.

 

About 200 people were in attendance, and it was a crazy fun group even though some were grownups.

 

Jeff is a fascinating guy; with all the success he's had, he's kind, generous, unaffected, and utterly accessible, walking through his store giving kids high-fives and joking around with them.

 

I love his books, and they're very important to me and my family, so getting to know him was really an honor.

 

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My presentation about cartooning and my kids' books was a blast, but the fun really started when Jeff joined me on stage and we started riffing and kidding around.

 

Anyway, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who came, to the staff at An Unlikely Story, and to Jeff, for an incredible evening.

 

Here's are some video clips:

 

Jeff talking about the EMU Club Adventures (watch me get verklempt)

 

 

Jeff and me playing a game with the audience, in which they suggest mystery titles by supplying an adjective and a noun

 

 

Me talking about the EMU Club Adventures

 

 

And here's the whole thing!  FUN!

 

 

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March 07, 2018

A WORD ABOUT THIS WEEK'S COMIC, "HARD TIMES IN VHS COUNTRY"

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When I sent out the comic to the INNER HIVE yesterday, I included this concern:

 

"I hope readers don't misinterpret this as insensitive to the unemployed, or to families going through economic hardship.  It's not really about the families but about misguided, poorly-thought-out protectionist, backwards policies.  The plight of the families caught at the intersection of changing global economic forces and technology is very real, and must be dealt with by all of us."

 

I parodied the journalistic trope of a news story's focus on coal families and communities to highlight this issue, but I certainly don't mean for this cardboard story to make light of people going through this.  (Note that in the final panel it's revealed that the whole dramatic presentation was funded by a VHS manufacturer in support of Trump.)  A fuller, balanced account of my views (and not a satirical cartoon) would include an argument that we have an obligation to help and support people going through the economic turmoil caused by seismic global and technological shifts.



February 26, 2018

AN UNLIKELY STORY

On March 9, at 6pm, I'll be at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville, MA, to talk about my unlikely entry into the world of kid lit with my EMU Club Adventures series of books.  I'll tell the story of the actual, real-life monster that inspired the books, and reveal the fun medical malady that got me into writing comedy and comics.

 

Apparently the owner of the bookstore would like to join in on the presentation, a kid lit up-and-comer by the name of Jeff Kinney.  He's got his own series of books called "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," and I wish him all the best with it.  I'll give him some pointers on how to write appealing stories with funny characters that kids will like.

 

If you're in the area, please come and join us for fun and laughs.  If you're not, you'll have to have fun and laughs by yourself.

 

Ruben Bolling at AN UNLIKELY STORY

 

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe

111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762

(508) 699-0244

Here is a link with info



January 24, 2018

COOL TOOLS!

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Hey, I was a guest on the Cool Tools podcast, with hosts Kevin Kelly and my Boing Boing buddy Mark Frauenfelder.  Check it out if you want to hear me be puzzled by technology.  It's available on iTunes, etc., and at the link below.

COOL TOOLS PODCAST WITH RUBEN BOLLING, CARTOONIST



December 28, 2017

INNER HIVE DRIVE FOR 2018

Sign up for the INNER HIVE and be part of Tom the Dancing Bug for 2018!

 

It's E-Z and CHEEP to join right here--> bit.ly/innerhiveinfo

 

AND KNOW YOU THIS: If you are interested in the Patreon upper tier memberships, 12/31/17 is the deadline to sign up and be eligible for the 2018 rewards.  A direct link is right here--> patreon.com/rubenbolling

 

SEE YOU THERE.

 

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December 04, 2017

THE EMU CLUB ADVENTURES, BOOKS ONE AND TWO, SIGNED AND 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 $59.95.

 

Continental U.S. only for now, please.

 

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.

 

If you're a member of the INNER HIVE, enter the email you use to subscribe in the field below.  If you're not, no problem!  Just leave that field blank.

(btw, you can click here to join the INNER HIVE.)

 

OFFER RUNS ONLY THROUGH FRIDAY 12/8, BUT MAY END EARLIER DEPENDING ON SUPPLIES.

OFFER HAS EXPIRED. THANKS TO ALL EMUSTERS 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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November 28, 2017

BID ON SUPER-FUN-PAK COMIX FOR HURRICANE RELIEF

You only have a couple of days left to participate in the Thanks + Giving auction for hurricane relief.  I contributed an original illustration of three hand-redrawn Super-Fun-Pak Comix, and there are tons of great original cartoon and comics art, all for a good cause!

 

See the auction here.

 

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November 08, 2017

Lucky Ducky - Voting (2004)

Today's new Lucky Ducky comic, and the election results, reminded me of this Lucky Ducky comic from the run up to the 2004(!) election.  To modernize this comic, I'd need to put a Russian hat on Hollingsworth Hound's friend.

Seems like these results confirm that the Democrats' success depends entirely on turnout.  Maybe more, or all, resources should go into getting IDs for, registering, and getting out to the polls, all the Lucky Duckies and friends.

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October 23, 2017

LUCKY DUCKY'S FUN PAGE (2003)

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Fourteen years later, and they're still up to their old, dumb tricks.  Sarah Huckabee Sanders literally tried to sell this FUN WITH MATH gag yesterday.

 

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