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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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October 09, 2017

JOIN THE INNER HIVE TODAY

STARTING OCTOBER, 2017, THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO JOIN TOM THE DANCING BUG'S INNER HIVE:

 

1. You can join the CampaignZee version, in which you get weekly comics emailed to you (the day before web publication), plus other content. CLICK HERE.

 

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2.  You can join the Patreon version, in which you get the same weekly emails (the day before web publication) and the comics/content on a secure website. Plus, the Patreon version has other membership levels, for which you can pay more to get more.  CLICK HERE.

 

IN BOTH VERSIONS, YOU GET EARLY, EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO COMICS AND OTHER STUFF, AND MY ABSOLUTE APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE.

 

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To learn more about the INNER HIVE, READ ON...

 

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THE ORIGINAL(ISH) ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE CAMPAIGNZEE VERSION:

 

Fellow Brains In Beakers:

Today, I’m starting a new phase in my little weekly comic strip, Tom the Dancing Bug.  It’s an experiment that I hope will both make the strip more sustainable, and make the relationship between myself and my readers more direct.

Tom the Dancing Bug was originally conceived as a newspaper comic strip, and you may have heard about the financial problems newspapers have had over the past few years.  Those problems have had a devastating impact on the financial viability of the strip.  With my great partner, the Universal Uclick Syndicate, it still has print clients, for which I’m very grateful, and I'm so proud to work with web clients like Boing Boing, Daily Kos, and GoComics, which have become absolutely vital, mostly because of the huge exposure they afford.

The comic strip is more well-read and well-known than ever, but it makes far less money than it used to.  This seems to me an anomaly -- as the comic is enjoyed (hopefully) by more people, it should generate more, not less, revenue.

This anomaly is one of the defining features of the digital world, and it’s up to me to figure out how to make it work. That led me to this idea:

I’m selling subscriptions to the appropriately cheesily-named INNER HIVE.  It’s not a charitable support-me program, because I don’t think that will work by itself in this context.  I wanted to make it a real transaction where the buyer gets something of real, greater value than the money spent.  Plus I didn’t want to get involved in the logistical nightmare of distributing tote bags.

What I offer to members of the INNER HIVE is special access to Tom the Dancing Bug:  a private email of the weekly comic, a day (or more) before it appears anywhere publicly, plus some contests / giveaways / special offers, as well as occasionally some other content, such as sketches and unused drafts of comics.

(For example, this week’s comic was written in a totally different way until at the last moment I came upon the premise that I ended up using -- I might have included that first draft in the INNER HIVE emailing of the comic.)

The cost will be $11.95 per six months.  For about the cost of a movie, members will be getting early and extra “content” (as the kids say), and the satisfaction that they’re contributing to the existence of Tom the Dancing Bug.

Is it worth it?  I don’t know.  I hope so.  I guess it is, if you enjoy and are interested in Tom the Dancing Bug and its viability.  And I’m about to find out how many people really do and are.

This should have no impact on my current print and web clients.  Even if this program is wildly successful (doubtful), and even if members of the INNER HIVE never again look at the comic in its print and web venues (also doubtful), the numbers involved will be orders of magnitude lower than could have a meaningful effect on the strip’s readership and traffic for these clients.

This is merely a supplementary way to make the strip more viable while maintaining its current distribution system.

The comic will be sent out early and without digital restrictions to INNER HIVE members, so I’m relying on subscribers to honor the spirit of this project, and not re-distribute the content.  If you think friends would like this, please encourage them to join!  Also, for the logistics of membership maintenance, I’m using a company called MailChimp for the subscriptions and CampaignZee to manage payments, so subscribers will be making that corporate leap of faith with me.

Okay.  Thank you, and God-Man bless America.

-Ruben Bolling

For information on signing up for this email CampaignZee INNER HIVE, please click HERE

 

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OCTOBER, 2017 UPDATE:  I've added an additional way to join the INNER HIVE, which is on a website called Patreon.  It's basically the same thing as the email/Campaignzee version, except:

 

1.  you also get access to the comics/content on a site to which only members have access; and 

 

2. the pricing is different, and there are additional levels of membership with additional rewards to members who sign up (i.e. there are ways to spend more to get more).

 

Either way of signing up is AWESOME and those who sign up in either way have my infinite GRATITUDE.   Please click HERE for information about signing up for the Patreon version.

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TESTIMONIALS FROM A FEW SATISFIED INNER HIVE MEMBERS:

 

"I used to spend 20 dollars a year on TOM THE DANCING BUG collections… Happy to support him and pass the word." -Neil Gaiman

 

"My only argument with Ruben B. here is his apologetic tone for asking you to pay money for early access to his very good comics —- that is to say, something that YOU LIKE AND WANT.  DO NOT APOLOGIZE, RUBEN." -John Hodgman 

 

"I signed up the second I read about it. It's a lot of fun. I enjoy hearing Ruben tell the story behind each of his comics. Good luck, Ruben!" -Mark Frauenfelder

 

"Ruben Bolling is a comic genius, a clever artist, a true gentleman, a pseudonym, and and important ally in the struggle against deep dish pizza. I am happy to pledge to him my sacred honor..."  -Peter Sagal
 
 
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AND, I have publicly posted a couple of INNER HIVE mailings on my blog, so you can view two (particularly substantive) examples of the kind of emails you'll be getting as an esteemed member of the INNER HIVE.  Drive around the block, kick the tires.  Then join the fun. 
 


October 03, 2017

REVISITING... CARTOONISTS DEMAND ACTION TO END GUN VIOLENCE

Here is a video I helped produce with Mayors Against Illegal Guns / Everytown For Gun Safety in 2013 after Newtown.

My heart goes out to all who are suffering today.



September 25, 2017

THE TOM THE DANCING BUG HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF CHALLENGE FOR PUERTO RICO

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The situation in Puerto Rico is desperate.  I thought I'd create another TOM THE DANCING BUG Challenge to help, in my own tiny, dancing-bug sized way, to encourage donations for aid.

 

Make your donation directly to the Red Cross's Hurricane Maria Relief Campaign through a donation page I set up,

https://www.crowdrise.com/tom-the-dancing-bug-hurricane-maria-relief-challenge/fundraiser/rubenbolling

and you could win a specially drawn illustration I would create just for you.

 

There will be two winners:

--> The top donor to the Challenge (multiple donations from the same donor will be aggregated); and

--> One random donor to the Challenge regardless of size of donation, $25 minimum.

 

To be eligible for the prize, be sure to include a name in the "Show this name in the donation scroll" field.

The illustrations will be 6 inches x 8 inches, and you can tell me what you'd like me to draw (subject to the boundaries of law and propriety), or we can come up with something in collaboration.  God-Man fighting Charley the Australopithecine, Hollingsworth Hound in a tutu, Percival Dunwoody riding a Giant Wombat, Donald Trump getting tackled in an NFL game... whatever you want.

 

The deadline for the challenge is 11:59 pm ET, October 2, but PLEASE DONATE NOW.  

 

Winners will be announced on October 3.

 

Thank you, everybody.  Hoping you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help in any way.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION AND PARTICIPATE IN THE TOM THE DANCING BUG HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF CHALLENGE.

(Note: I started with a $100 donation to offset transaction costs of using crowdrise.com to manage this campaign.)

 

 

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10/3/17 UPDATE: WOW!  

You guys, we raised $6,733.00!

Thank you so much for joining me in helping the people of Puerto Rico.  I appreciated and noted every single donation, and they far exceeded my expectations!  Tom the Dancing Bug has the greatest readers in the world.

The two winners of the Challenge are...

The random winner is Daniel Spiegel, and

The winner of the largest donation made an incredibly generous donation, but did so anonymously.  To this winner (the results are on the page): I now can't contact you through the site (even though I was initially able to send you a thank you note), so please contact me at tomdbug at gmail dot com ASAP to claim your prize!

 

 

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And please spread the word in any way.



September 12, 2017

PAPER CHASERS

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I'll be speaking at Harvard Law School this Saturday, September 16, 11:15am - 12:00pm, in Milstein West.

 

I'll also attend an Art Exhibit Viewing, including Tom the Dancing Bug comics, at Milstein West on Friday afternoon.

 

These events are open only to members of the Harvard Law School community.

 

Everything I say will be on the Final Exam.

 

Information is here and here.

 



September 08, 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE: "IT WON'T BE A PROBLEM"

From 2012:

 

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August 16, 2017

JOIN TOM THE DANCING BUG'S INNER HIVE AND HELP PROTECT AMERICA

Join Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE subscription club

FROM NOW UNTIL 8/26/17,

and more the DOUBLE your INNER HIVE sign-up charge will be donated to either:

 

Southern Poverty Law Center (info here);

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (info here);

 

Simon Wiesenthal Center (info here); or

 

Human Rights Campaign Foundation (info 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, preliminary art, palindromes, giveaways, additional comics, "content", craft projects, weather forecasts, cautionary tales, exclusive info, etc.  The cost of membership is only $11.95 per six months.

 

And through 8/26, when you pay that $11.95 sign-up fee, $25 will be donated to help protect Americans' rights against Donald Trump and the hateful organizations he defends.    

 

How else can you get exclusive access to stupid comics AND help make America a better, safer, and more just nation?

 

To join the INNER HIVE, click here. (UPDATE: This offer expired on 8/26. THANK YOU to all who joined.)

Thank you.

-Ruben Bolling

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July 24, 2017

DONALD AND JOHN - FIRING FBI DIRECTOR COMEY

From May...

 

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June 29, 2017

20th ANNIVERSARY WITH UNIVERSAL / ANDREWS McMEEL

Hey, today is the 20th Anniversary of Tom the Dancing Bug's relationship with Andrews McMeel Syndication (or, Universal Press Syndicate, as it was known when I started there).

 

It's been a fantastic relationship, which I value greatly both for the institutional values of the corporation, and for the individual people who have meant so much to me and the strip.  Thank you, Andrews McMeel Syndication!

 

Here is an interview with me about the Anniversary, and here is the very first comic that was distributed by Universal Press Syndicate:

 

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