The creative process: Cartoonist Leigh Rubin to give 2 free presentations
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Cartoonists generate laughs every day on the comics pages of the newspaper. But how do they come up with their ideas?
Syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin, whose "Rubes" cartoon appears daily in 400 newspapers across the country -- including the Advance -- will explain his creative process during two free presentations on Staten Island.
His 90-minute program, "A Twisted Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste," will be presented Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the St. George Library Center, and Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Manzulli Board Room of Foundation Hall at Wagner College.
Rubin's program takes viewers on a comic adventure, walking them through the stages of a cartoon from idea to finished product.
Nobody finds more fun and inspiration in dogs, cows, cats, kids, weird and quirky people and just plain life in general like Leigh Rubin. His witty streak of humor shines through in "Rubes," where the animals take on human-like attitudes and the people behave, well, oddly.
"Maybe you could call me a sit-down comedian," Rubin muses. "Whatever you call it, I'm just gratified I have the opportunity to make other people laugh."
Through humor, Rubin emphasizes the rewards of persistence and the fun of problem solving. His fast-paced and fun-filled presentations have gained a reputation for inspiring participants to add a little creativity to their own lives.
Rubin, who lives in Nipomo, Calif., created "Rubes" 31 years ago. He tries to inspire people to think outside of the box -- even though he himself has to draw inside a box, he points out.
He has appeared on the Island in previous years at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Jewish Community Center. For more information about Rubin and his work, go to his website, rubescartoons.com.