Rubes comic creator Leigh Rubin shared the history and inspiration for his cartoon Wednesday night at SOU.
Rubin told stories of raising his three sons and how everyday events with your children can inspire artistic creativity.
â€œWe all see the same things,â€ said Rubin, â€œItâ€™s just how we translate and twist them.â€
Rubin has produced his comic daily for over 26 years and though he has a lot to inspire him, the cartoonist said he isnâ€™t immune from writerâ€™s block.
â€œItâ€™s tough. I get in a bad mood and Iâ€™m not fun to be around,â€ Rubin said, â€œSometimes I have ideas for years rattling around up here and I just canâ€™t get them right.â€
Rubin drew what could have been his first comic in Kindergarten and he shared the sketch of a giant so big it took up two sheets of paper with the audience.
â€œBack then we had a lot of time to draw and take naps,â€ Rubin said, â€œIf you ask my wife sheâ€™d say things havenâ€™t changed much.â€
After first being published in a newspaper, Rubin spent time trying to get syndicated to cement his cartoonâ€™s success.
â€œI really like the entrepreneurial side of this whole thing.Â Itâ€™s really fun when people buy your art,â€ Rubin said.
Rubin has high hopes for the future of the newspaper industry, and thinks comics will evolve with the industry.
â€œMost medium and small newspapers are doing ok, itâ€™s the big oneâ€™s like the LA Times that are suffering,â€ Rubin said, â€œI want newspapers to stay in business a real long time.â€