by Laura Hutson
A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Where: Nashville Public Library
When: Reception at 6:15 p.m., followed by a talk at 7
You’d be forgiven for mistaking Leigh Rubin’s “Rubes” for Gary Larson’s “The Far Side.” Both are single-panel comics. Both rely heavily on similarly drawn cows, witches, cavemen and cowboys to tell their stories. Both series began around 1980. But where Larson’s work is dry enough to land juuuust this side of cornball, “Rubes” rests smack in the middle of cornball, relishing in it, masticating it, like the funny-pages version of a Jeff Foxworthy joke.
Still, Rubin’s been at it for close to 30 years, and his strip is syndicated in more than 400 publications worldwide. It’s hard to shrug off those statistics — his work has an undeniable appeal. He’ll be at the library’s main branch tonight as part of the “Night at the Library” series, where he’ll speak about his work and career. The event promises music, food and humor, and there will be tons of merchandise available, including the “Rubes” 2012 comic-a-day calendar.