Ruben Bolling (born c. 1963 in New Jersey) is a pseudonym for Ken
Fisher, a cartoonist, the author of Tom the Dancing Bug. His pieces
demonstrate concern about the power of large corporations and satirize
the way government has been corrupted by money. Particularly since
9/11, Bolling's work often concerns war. Many of his strips admit
no political interpretation, instead featuring absurdist humor or
parodying comic strip conventions. Bolling's lampoons of celebrity
culture, such as in the parodic series of comic strips labeled "Funny,
Funny, Celebs", can be scathing.
2 Personal life
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Fisher, who has no formal art training, read many comics when he was a
child (his biggest influence being Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury), and
sometimes features their styles in his work. However, he didn't aspire
to be a full-time cartoonist; instead he studied economics as an
Tufts University and later attended Harvard Law
School (graduating in 1987). It was at Harvard in the mid-1980s
that Fisher came up with the idea for "Tom the Dancing Bug" and his
Ruben Bolling (which is a melding of the names of two
favorite old-time baseball players, Ruben Amaro and Frank Bolling).
Tom the Dancing Bug originally ran in the Harvard Law School
After graduation, Fisher practiced law for several years before
resigning to pursue comics full-time. When that didn't work out, comic
writing became a side interest and Fisher became a full-time employee
at a financial services company.
Tom the Dancing Bug was picked
up for weekly syndication in 1997 by Universal Press Syndicate.
Fisher was working on building a full-time comics career, driven in
part by an ongoing project with
New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema to produce a movie
about his character Harvey Richards, Esq., a “Lawyer for
In 2012, Fisher founded a subscription service, the Inner Hive, for
Tom the Dancing Bug.
In 2015, Fisher published the first in a series of children's books,
The EMU Club Adventures.
He is a member of Cartoonists With Attitude and the
winner of the 2017
Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.
Fisher is married to a lawyer; they have three children.
Tom the Dancing Bug ISBN 0-06-096949-0
1997: All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My Golf-Playing Cats
Tom the Dancing Bug Stories (oversized treasury)
(Andrews McMeel) ISBN 0-7407-4737-1
2015: Alien Invasion in My Backyard: An EMU Club Adventure (Andrews
McMeel) ISBN 978-1449457099
2015: Ghostly Thief of Time: An EMU Club Adventure (Andrews McMeel)
^ a b c d Bolonik, Kera. "The World According to Ruben Bolling," Tufts
Magazine (Spring 2006).
^ a b c d e f g h Elder, Robert K. "Being Ruben Bolling: An alter ego
and a day job let Ken Fisher draw comics precisely as he pleases,"
Chicago Tribune (May 4, 2004).
^ Bolling interview, Deconstructing Comics Podcast #228, (April 19,
^ Come on and join Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE! Boing Boing (May
^ Book: Alien Invasion In My Backyard Boing Boing (April 7, 2015)
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