Newspaper hosts meet-and-greet
by: contributed photo, Come out and see 'Rubes' creator Leigh Rubin.

A nationally syndicated cartoonist will come to town Thursday, March 6, giving locals a unique look into the creative comic-making process.

Leigh Rubin's single-panel comic, 'Rubes,' has appeared in The Sandy Post and hundreds of other newspapers across the country, and has graced millions of greeting cards, mugs and T-shirts.

But starting at 7 p.m., he will be at the Clackamas County Bank Sunset Room, 38975 Proctor Blvd. in Sandy, to give a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation on his cartoons.

'I talk a lot about creativity,' Rubin said. 'I like to get into where the ideas come from, what inspires me, and how I keep doing this day after day for 23 years.'

The event is hosted by The Post.

'I'm real excited to come to Sandy,' Rubin said, noting that our town is the smallest one in which he's given a presentation. 'These kinds of events are always just a blast - as long as nobody throws anything at me. I just hope we get a good turnout.'

But the size of the crowd doesn't matter, Rubin says, it's the enthusiasm level.

Rubin's Sandy visit is the last leg of his two-stop 'Northwest tour,' which includes a stop at The Dalles Wednesday, March 5.

Rubin, who lives in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., was inspired to enter his profession when he saw the work of other cartoonists on greeting cards.

'It was 1978, and I was walking through the card section of a pharmacy,' Rubin said. 'I just stopped in my tracks, looked at the cards and thought, 'Wait a minute. I can do that.' '

In 1979 he created Rubes Publications, his own publishing company, and began distributing his own greeting cards.

Rubes, in the form that cartoon aficionados now know it, began appearing in newspapers in 1984, and the first paperback collection of Rubes was published in late 1988 by G.P. Putnam and Sons. His most recent series of books - 'The Wild Life' series - includes Love, Cats, Dogs, Pets, Cows and Farm Animals.

Originally self-syndicated, Rubes is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 newspapers worldwide. Rubes is a regular feature in SkyWest's United Express, Delta Connection and American Southeast Airlines magazines.

The Sandy Post has printed the cartoon on its opinion page since September 2006.

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