Alien Invasion by Ruben Bolling
ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD: AN EMU CLUB ADVENTURE! by Ruben Bolling Other Purchasing Options via Andrews McMeel Publishing


May 20, 2015

ALIEN INVASION OF US WEEKLY!

 

THANKS to US Weekly, and Jennifer Garner (?) and Gwen Stefani (?!) and their broods (?!!).

 

Click HERE to see the Us Buzzzz-o-meter's Hot Take on ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD.

 

"Ruben Bolling’s out-of-this-world sci-fi book — about three kids who start a mystery club in their neighborhood — is a favorite among Jennifer Garner and Gwen Stefani’s broods. ($10, theemuclub.com)"


 

150520 US WEEKLY

 

 



COMIC - IF JEB BUSH KNEW THEN WHAT HE KNOWS NOW HE ALWAYS KNEW...

COMIC-

 

IF JEB BUSH KNEW THEN WHAT HE KNOWS NOW HE ALWAYS KNEW

 

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Click here to read on Boing Boing.

Click here to read on Medium's The Nib. 

Click here to read on Daily Kos.

Click here to read on gocomics. 

 

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May 19, 2015

JOIN THE PROUD AND MIGHTY INNER HIVE

TO JOIN TOM THE DANCING BUG'S INNER HIVE, CLICK HERE.

 

TO LEARN ABOUT IT (AND THEN JOIN!), READ ON...

 

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THE ORIGINAL(ISH) ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

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 and Daily Kos, 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, 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, please click HERE

 

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
 
 


May 15, 2015

COMIC - SUPER-FUN-PAK COMIX, feat. UNRELIABLE NARRATOR, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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SUPER-FUN-PAK COMIX, featuring:

 

UNRELIABLE NARRATOR;

DINKLE;

TEEN ROBOT PIRATE GHOST;

MAGRITTE COMICS;

AUNT-MAN;

FUNNYBONE TICKLERS;

YUKKITY-YUKS;

HILARI-T;

HUMOROUS HA-HAs;

PHIL COLLINS, PFC;

CAPTAIN MAN;

DUNE BUGGY HARLOTS;

MOTHRA 'N' CHET LEMON;

KITTEN KABOODLE;

WATERGATE BABIES;

IGOR STRAVINSKY FUNNIES;

AND MUCH, MUCH, LESS

 

 

 

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Click here to read on Boing Boing.

Click here to read on Medium's The Nib.  

Click here to read on Daily Kos.  

Click here to read on gocomics. 

 

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May 08, 2015

TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE - BRING THE KIDS!!

I'll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (free admission) this Saturday and Sunday (May 9 and 10), at Table 236. (Which is  upstairs, on the second floor, take a right off the stairs, enter the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, take a left and make your way to the farther possible corner you can see.  I'm told it is still in the province of Ontario.)

 

I'll be signing/sketching in my new book for kids ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD, I'll have a few of my compilation books to sell (while they last), a new Tom the Dancing Bug thing to sell/sketch in (made just for TCAF), and some other free stuff (while it lasts).  Or just come for the hike; bring a map, pack a lunch.

 

And on Sunday May 10, 4p.m., I'll perform with the Carousel comic/comedy event at the Pilot Tavern, right across the street at 22 Cumberland.



COMIC - IF BOXING IS THE "SWEET SCIENCE," WHAT ARE THESE SPORTS?

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IF BOXING IS THE "SWEET SCIENCE," WHAT ARE THESE SPORTS?

 

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Click here to read on Boing Boing.

Click here to read on Medium's The Nib. 

Click here to read on Daily Kos. 

Click here to read on gocomics.  

 

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO PURCHASE AN ARCHIVE QUALITY PRINT OF THIS COMIC.

(scroll down, and the link is in the column on the right)

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May 04, 2015

TORONTO!

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HEY, this weekend I'll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in beautiful Toronto, Canada, in support of my new book for kids, ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD.

 

IF you are in Toronto, OR ANYWHERE ELSE, please come to TCAF and say Hi.  I'll have copies of AIIMB, and maybe a few copies of my three Tom the Dancing Bug compilation books, and I'll be a sketchin', high-fivin', breeze-shootin' fool.

 

ALSO: I'll perform at the Carousel show Sunday afternoon, at 4pm, at the Pilot Tavern (not for kids), 22 Cumberland Street.

 

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FUN!

 

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April 28, 2015

COMIC - DOONESBURY'S CHARLIE HEBDO PROBLEM

 

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DOONESBURY'S CHARLIE HEBDO PROBLEM

 

When Garry Trudeau denounced the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists for irresponsibly crossing a "red line" of acceptable satire, it pained me to disagree with my personal cartooning hero, and America's most prominent cartoon satirist, so strongly.

 

I would add that while I disagree with him on this issue, and found that disagreement interesting enough to draw a comic about it, I could not respect Garry Trudeau more as a cartoonist, as a satirist, and as a person.  I became a cartoonist in no small part because of Doonesbury, and I think the comic strip's 40+year run is one of the great achievements in all of American arts.

 

Click here to read the text of his speech, and here to see his Meet the Press Interview from Sunday, clarifying his stance.

 

And click here to read my initial reaction on Twitter to Trudeau's remarks, and here to read my first essay on Charlie Hebdo (also in reaction to a stance similar to Trudeau's).

 

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Click here to read on Boing Boing.

Click here to read on Medium's The Nib. 

Click here to read on Daily Kos. 

Click here to read on gocomics. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO PURCHASE AN ARCHIVE QUALITY PRINT OF THIS COMIC.

(scroll down, and the link is in the column on the right)

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CARTOON - THE GREAT MERITOCRACY RACE

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THE GREAT MERITOCRACY RACE

 

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Click here to read on Boing Boing.

Click here to read on Medium's The Nib. 

Click here to read on Daily Kos. 

Click here to read on gocomics.  

 

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO PURCHASE AN ARCHIVE QUALITY PRINT OF THIS COMIC.

(scroll down, and the link is in the column on the right)

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April 26, 2015

Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo

In light of Garry Trudeau's Meet the Press interview today about his speech on Charlie Hebdo, I compiled the tweets I wrote on the day that speech was published in the Atlantic.

 

 

And I used the word "disappointed" very advisedly. Trudeau is a hero of mine, one of the very most important inspirations for me to become a cartoonist and a satirist.