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


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.



April 15, 2015

GEEKDAD REVIEW OF ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD

Dave Banks at GeekDad.com just gave my new book, ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD, a fantastic review.

 

"… The type of non-stop action and improbably hilarious fun that only a kid could dream up. … The EMU Club’s adventures perfectly capture the intersection of imagination and wonder – the crossroad that’s so often found in cardboard boxes, pillow forts, and backyards everywhere.

 

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Read the full review here.



COMIC - THE RESULT OF THE MOST UNFATHOMABLY IMPROBABLE WINNING STREAK IN THE HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH

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THE RESULT OF THE MOST UNFATHOMABLY IMPROBABLE WINNING STREAK IN THE HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH

 

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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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To comment, please use facebook or twitter (#tomthedancingbug @rubenbolling).

 



April 12, 2015

READING KIDS!

This is fantastic. People are starting to send me (unsolicited) photos of their kids reading ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD.  Seeing the book in the hands of kids makes me very, very happy.  Please send more!

 

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YAY!  UPDATE 4/20:

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AND: This little hero's going to have to grow into the book (and eventually find another parking spot for his car) -

 

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April 11, 2015

ROBOT

I think today's Super-Fun-Pak Comic is my favorite ever.

 

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read here--> http://www.gocomics.com/super-fun-pak-comix/2015/04/11

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April 10, 2015

TWITTER ASK-ME-ANYTHING

Today, at 2:30 Eastern Time, I'll do a live Twitter Q&A on @gocomics.

 

You can wait until the live Q&A starts, or you can start tweeting your questions any time, using the tag #AskRubenBolling .

 

You can ask me anything, but I'm hoping to get questions about:

Tom the Dancing Bug;

Tom the Dancing Bug's Super-Fun-Pak Comix;

Alien Invasion in My Backyard;

Alien Invasion in My Backyard stuff; or

Waffle House.

 

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UPDATE: The event has ended, but you can read the Q&A (backwards! what fun!) here.



April 08, 2015

ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD GETS BOING-BOINGED

My pals at Boing Boing have been fantastically enthusiastic about my new book, and I really appreciate it.  They ran my announcement of the book's publication on Tuesday, and they invited me to write an essay about the book's kid-lit influences, which runs today:

 

Six great kid-lilt books and comics that helped inspire Alien Invasion in My Backyard.

 

Thanks to the whole gang at Boing Boing, and in particular Cory Docotorw, Mark Frauenfelder and Rob Beschizza.



COMIC - WHEN XENU, INTERGALACTIC OVERLORD, RETURNS TO EARTH!

COMIC:

 

WHEN XENU, INTERGALACTIC OVERLORD, RETURNS TO EARTH!

 

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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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To comment, please use facebook or twitter (#tomthedancingbug @rubenbolling).

 



April 04, 2015

ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD: THE REVIEWS

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Here's a compilation of the really nice things people are saying about ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD: AN EMU CLUB ADVENTURE.

 

I really appreciate them all, and I'm especially thankful to Lincoln Peirce, Cory Doctorow, Adam Rex and Elliott Kalan, who read the book well before it came out and liked it enough, and were kind enough, to provide these quotes.

 

"…The type of non-stop action and improbably hilarious fun that only a kid could dream up. … The EMU Club’s adventures perfectly capture the intersection of imagination and wonder – the crossroad that’s so often found in cardboard boxes, pillow forts, and backyards everywhere."

-GeekDad (added 4/15)

 

“Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue, this suburban/intergalactic adventure bodes well for later installments.”   

-Publishers Weekly

 

“Spectacular” “Mind-blowing”

-Kirkus Reviews (full review contains major spoilers)

 

“There's no mystery—the EMU Club is a hit! This is a fun, funny adventure that kids will love to read. ”

-Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate

 

"The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I was 12, when the answer to questions like 'Where did I put my toy' led inevitably to alien conspiracies and secret underground tunnels. A book for the curious and adventurous!"

-Cory Doctorow, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Little Brother

 

"An adventure so funny you’ll think it couldn’t be true–but if it isn’t true, then where did all those realistic-looking photographs come from? You’d better read this so you’ll know what to do when the world ends."

-Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday


"The funniest book about unbelievable kid mystery exploring I've ever read. The only real mystery is why you aren't reading this book RIGHT NOW!"

-Elliott Kalan, Famous TV Writer

 

“I think kids who like funny adventure stories would really like this book.   I am really excited that it is a series and there will be another book.”

-Ben, age 9, A Boy’s Books (full review contains major spoilers)

 

“Written as a comic book/case book, this promises to be an absolutely wonderful series of stories for the elementary crowd if this first installment is any indication. I would strongly recommend this for second through fourth graders.  Five out of five stars! ”

-Ben Langhinrichs, Big Comfy Chair

 

"As a teacher, I could easily have used this story to help children explore relationships, to decide on an alternative alien invading force and how to counteract them, to rewrite specific sections from an alternative viewpoint (e.g. that of the aliens or Ferdinand) . . . . etc. Lots of potential activities from a brilliant story that children will enjoy reading independently without any of these activities!"

-Splashes Into Books



A SIGHTING IN THE WILD

My buddy Tom Tomorrow sent me this picture of ALIEN INVASION IN MY BACKYARD in a Connecticut Barnes & Noble, so… I guess the book is OUT!

 

Alien invasion in my backyard at barns and noble