Friday, October 7, 2011

Meet Author/Illustrator Ben Rubin


After Elias Canetti

By Ben Rubin, author/illustrator

Ebook courtesy of the author

Graphic novels are quite popular these days. Now I admit, I’ve read very few. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in them. I’m simply busy with other types of stories and have never gotten around to studying this type of writing. That is until I read Author Ben Rubin’s WHEN COMES WHAT DARKLY THIEVES after Elias Canetti.

The cover consists of exotic artwork that sets the mood, at least it did for me. You see old houses, like in a rundown neighborhood, while a red bird flies overhead. There’s also what appears to be an eye, looking at you, from a fractured face. Who wouldn’t want to continue, to look inside for the meaning of the illustrations? As I turned pages, more interesting scenes presented themselves. A black and white design resembles a figure, a man, perhaps? Or it could be an animal? Or even a spaceship in the clouds? Then we see a face and the eye again, along with the shacks and more faces, fractured faces, as well as shattered glass. These pictures, to me, depict fear, sadness, and despair. You may see something entirely different in them. Sparse prose complements the drawings, letting you in on their secrets. I won’t give away any more, so you’ll have to check the book out for yourself.

Author Ben Rubin has written a graphic novel that will likely appeal to fans of this genre. The author talks directly to his readers, which makes you feel almost as though you’re there with him. And the ending … Well, you’ll find out. Enjoy the read.

About the Author from the Publishers website:

A writer and illustrator, who once was asked by his mother to put tube socks on his feet that, at least it struck him, did not resemble the shape of feet at all. That night he dreamed of busty, rusty robots and birds wearing the wrong wings, and he learned what it was like to be eaten by an angel. To give a brief history of disorientation, to find something where instead there should be something else, Jonah in a jellyfish, a sentence searching for itself inside itself, or Ben Rubin, himself, giving you a wink with his winking eye, as if to convey to you some secret knowledge about how we misbehave? How do we misbehave? With smiles on our faces of course!

The author and publisher will donate one dollar from every book to Reading is Fundamental, with another dollar going to the Steve Nash Foundation, two organizations devoted to the healthy development of children. And fifty cents of every book sold will go to Ellie Lee, a friend of Ben’s who was recently in a horrible bicycle accident.

For PDF orders, 15% of revenue will be split evenly between these causes

Happy Reading and Writing


  1. I've been seeing this around and love the art work!

  2. It is original and very catching. I think it tells a lot. There's only about 250 words in the story so the art shows most of it.