The game of chess and the rubber duck got the Rubes cartoon treatment as they were inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., last week. Rubes cartoonist Leigh Rubin, whose work appears daily in The Bee, was asked to create panels commemorating the two inductees.
Those cartoons, featuring a dim-witted pair of dinosaurs playing a game of chess, and a bathing birdwatcher sighting a rubber duck, were unveiled by Rubin at Thursdays induction ceremony and will become part of the Strong Museums permanent collection. The Strong houses the 15-year-old Hall of Fame.
My wife often tells me I behave like a child, Rubin said in a news release. So to be able to participate in the 2013 National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony is very appropriate and is an honor that will help me get some major street cred with my grandkids. To have my cartoons become part of The Strongs permanent collection?...Take that, Louvre!
Museum guests can see Rubins two new creations, along with 50 additional play- and toy-related cartoons, at the Rubes Cartoon Display on view at the National Museum of Play through Jan.5. He told The Bee he also intends to run them in newspapers, maybe in a few weeks.