Leigh Rubin

Comic Strip Creator


Who is Leigh Rubin?

Leigh Rubin is the creator of the syndicated comic strip Rubes. Born in the Queens borough of New York City, Rubin was brought to California at age 3. Rubin's parents sold advertising and by the early 70s, he was working in the family print shop. In 1978 he started his own greeting card company, Rubes Publications, featuring early renditions of his animal characters. He designed a greeting card series with characters who took the shape of musical notes and later published his first cartoon collection, Notable Quotes, in 1981. In 1984, a newspaper editor friend approached Rubin about writing a daily comic for the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale, California. After illustrating about 100 cartoons, he began pitching major and minor syndicates. Rubes has been distributed by Creators Syndicate since 1989 and now appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. Leigh also enjoys a busy schedule giving thought-provoking and entertaining cartoon presentations at conferences, as well as professional organizations all around the country. Rubin lives in Nipomo, California with his wife, Teresa and his three sons, Jeremy, Ryan, and Andrew.

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on July 23, 2013


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