Meet Rubes Creator at Museum of Play November 9 & 10

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

October 9, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Meet Rubes® Cartoons Creator Leigh Rubin
During National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration
at the National Museum of Play®
November 9 & 10

Meet nationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin, creator of Rubes cartoons, during the National Toy Hall of Fame Weekend Celebration at the National Museum of Play on Saturday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Rubin often uses toys and play as the subjects of his irreverent, hilarious, and quirky cartoons, which are published in more than 400 media outlets worldwide including Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle. (On November 7, during the National Toy Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Rubin will unveil two cartoons custom-created in honor of the two new inductees.)

Among the National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration weekend events:

Leigh Rubin Presentations:  Rubin will show his cartoons, talk about the creative process and where he finds inspiration, share humorous stories about the life of a cartoonist, and do a drawing demonstration. Presentations take place Saturday at 11 a.m.  and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Rubin will also be available for autographs throughout each day.

Rubes Cartoon Display: Enjoy a display of more than 50 hilarious Rubes cartoons including two special cartoons in honor of the newest toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. (The exhibit remains on view through January 5, 2014.)

Cartoon Caption Contest: Enter a cartoon caption-writing contest for a chance to win a framed cartoon print signed by Leigh Rubin.

Photo Ops: Become part of a Rubes cartoon when you pose for goofy pictures with giant Rubes cartoon bunny cut-outs.         

Autographed Books: Popular Rubes items will be available for purchase in the museum shops including autographed books, calendars, playing cards, cow tipper kits, and magnets.        

All National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration events are included with general museum admission fees.


About the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong

The National Toy Hall of Fameat The Strong recognizes toys that have engaged and delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create, and discover through play. Criteria for induction include: Icon-status (the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered); Longevity (the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations); Discovery (the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play);  and Innovation (the toy profoundly changed play or toy design).

To date, the following 51 toys have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame: alphabet blocks, Atari 2600 Game System, baby doll, ball, Barbie, bicycle, Big Wheel, blanket, Candy Land, cardboard box, checkers, Crayola Crayons, dollhouse, dominoes, Duncan Yo-Yo, Easy-Bake Oven, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee,  G.I. Joe, The Game of Life, Hot Wheels, hula hoop, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jigsaw puzzle, jump rope, kite, LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Lionel Trains, marbles, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nintendo Game Boy, Play-Doh, playing cards, Radio Flyer Wagon, Raggedy Ann and Andy, rocking horse, roller skates, Scrabble, Silly Putty, skateboard, Slinky, Star Wars action figures, stick, teddy bear, Tinkertoy, Tonka Trucks, and View-Master.

The 12 final nominees for 2013 induction are: Bubbles, Chess, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, Little Green Army Men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf Toys, Pac-man, Rubber Duck, Scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Only two of these 12 finalists will make it into the prestigious hall, joining such toy luminaries as Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, and Monopoly.

The two winners will be inducted at a special ceremony Thursday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Age 2 and older $13, under age 2 free, members free. (As of November 1, general museum admission: $13.50)

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking:  Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.