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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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June 07, 2017

comic posted on Twitter today

Donald Trump and James Comey, in "I Need Loyalty"

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June 03, 2017

Orange for Gun Sense

 

I contributed this illustration to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety's #WearOrange campaign that was held yesterday.

 

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This reminded me that the Smythes of Chagrin Falls had their own adventure involving America's relationship with gun laws.

 

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By the way, the great Garry Trudeau contributed this gem:

 

2017 MIKE&ALEX_ORANGE

 

 



May 28, 2017

RUBEN, REUBEN

Hey, I learned this morning that "Donald and John," the webcomic run by The Nib in late 2016, won a National Cartoonists Society award at the Reuben Awards ceremony in Portland, Oregon, last night.

 

Ncs award Reuben awards

 

This award has the highest buttocks prominence of all the major awards, easily out prominent-ing the second place winner, the Academy Award's Oscar.

 

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On a Saturday morning last October, I found myself suddenly deciding to launch a daily (!) comic strip that would run until the election, using the Donald Trump / Calvin & Hobbes mashup I had used in a couple of Tom the Dancing Bugs (here and here).  It was a bizarre decision because my life was already filled to the brim as it was, and it would take over everything for over a month.  

 

Incredibly, within hours, Matt Bors at The Nib agreed to run the daily comic, and "Donald and John" was launched.  I can't thank Matt and his great team at The Nib enough.  The subject of the cartoon is as upsetting and distressing as I can imagine, but creating it was an amazing experiment, and one of the highlights of my career.

 

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Thank you to my pal John (Johnny G.) Glynn, who accepted the award on my behalf in Portland.  He tells me he used the opportunity to deliver a diatribe against the "Holds" statistic in baseball, and I couldn't think of a more worthy or appropriate topic.

 

 

I was really sorry I couldn't be there -- not because of any award, but just because it would have been a blast be with my friends and/or heroes.  Who wouldn't want to hang out with just the people on this poster, let alone all the others... just to name a few:  Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Mo Willems, Tom Gamill, etc., etc.

 

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The other two nominees in the category are really fantastic cartoonists -- Sarah Andersen (!) and Dave Kellett -- and I know exactly how they feel...

 

...Because I was also a nominee for an NCS award I didn't win last night: the amazing  Mike Luckovich won for Best Editorial Cartoons over myself (for Tom the Dancing Bug) and my buddy Jen Sorensen.  Congratulations to Mike... and all the other winners and nominees and all of Team Comics!

 

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