Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Animation Disc and Desk

End of an era, today I had to pack away my Animation Disc and Desk for storage.  I'm a bit sad to see it go, since I had these bad boys since my last year of CalArts, my first years as a pro at Disney Feature Animation, Nickelodeon and now Pixar...

You can tell this desk was the real deal, it's all scuffed up and well loved!  I even cut the hole in the desk myself to turn this drafting table into an animation desk!

I'm gonna miss you guys, hopefully when my boys inherit you someday they'll create some more awesomeness!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Alcatraz High digital pencils

Here is the digital pencils to Alcatraz High #5!  A quick update,  Miguel and Steve are wrapped!  I finished drawing them to all the interior pages, so now I just gotta draw everything else...

Anyways, it was a blast drawing these guys again,   after a couple years hiatus!  AH#5 is the final book to the story arc, so I am excited getting this story DONE!  Thanks guys for all your love and support!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Working on Alcatraz High#5!

I know...

It's been a while since I have posted anything on my blog...

Well, I've been busy at work and trying to get my @ss back in gear to finish up Alcatraz High#5!

On the left is the layouts, completely done (30 pages of awesome!)
On the right is the character drawings.  I tend to draw a character pass first and do a background pass later... I know it's kinda like having dessert first, but hey, whatever it takes to get this comic done!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ellen Ripley is AWESOME!

This is my drawing contribution to the artblog: The Gentlemen's Drawing Club
The theme for the month is Horror/Halloween so I did a drawing of the amazing Sigourney Weaver from the classic, Aliens!
I invite you guys to join in and contribute art whenever you can.

Friday, September 16, 2011

ScarJo Black Widow

Here's a drawing I did of Scarlett Johansson kicking ass as the Black Widow in Avengers!  Looking forward to seeing that movie!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Gentlemen's Drawing Club

Hey guys, here is some drawings I did of Kate Upton for the new blog:  The Gentlemen's Drawing Club
It's a blog I started with my buddy Howard Shum, where we would draw a new model of the month.  We do silly reviews and just basicly have fun.  Everyone is invited to join in, if you got the time, feel free to do a drawing and send us a comment!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Here is the Gainax Charity book that Gainax animators, Avatar the Last Airbender artists and Pixar artists (including myself) have participated in!

Here is some more info:

Product Description

This book was published due to a collaboration of animators, illustrators, artists, and creators from both Japan and the United States to give courage, hope, and belief to the people of Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake. All illustrations were specifically drawn for this book.

Participating artists:
SUSHIO / Hiroyuki Imaishi / Shingo Abe / Akira Amemiya / Kei Anjiki / Syouta Ibata / Shota Iwasaki / Ikuo Kuwana / Keisuke Kojima / Hirokazu Kojima / Nozomi Goto / Sorato Shimizu / Yuka Shibata / Yusuke Tanaka / Hiromi Taniguchi / Hiroaki Tomita / Shouko Nakagawa / Atsushi Nishigori / Hitomi Hasegawa / Akemi Hayashi / Syuhei Handa / Tatsumi Fujii / Ryouji Masuyama / Hiroki Mutaguchi / Yusuke Yoshigaki / Mai Yoneyama / Keisuke Watanabe / Bobby Rubio / Dean Kelly / Grant Alexander / Kenji Ono / Kihyun Ryu / Lauren Montgomery / Michael Chang / Seung-Hyun Oh / Bryan Konietzko / Elsa Garagarza / Ethan Spaulding / Ian Graham / Joaquim Dos Santos

Foreword by Masahiko Otsuka

All profits from the sales of this book will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. This book was published due to volunteer work of anime staff with the consent of Gurren Lagann Committee and GAINAX Company, Limited. The Gurren Lagann Committee and GAINAX Company, Limited are not responsible for the publication and sales of this book.

I realize not everyone owns a Kindle, so as soon as I find out about availability outside of the Kindle, I will pass along the news!

***UPDATE*** Here is a link for a Kindle app that allows you to view the book on iPhones, Macs, Blackberry, Android, other gadgets and computers:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Return to Alcatraz High

Happy Friday everyone! I was inspired by Best Coast's video of "Our Deal" and my fans to do this piece of Stacey and Miguel from my indie comic "Alcatraz High"! Hope you guys like it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Avenger's Mansion Bathroom

You ever wonder what the Avenger's Mansion's bathroom looks like?
I picture it in all gold!  Tony's got bank!
Must be difficult going to the bathroom all dressed up.  I never went full cosplay, so I wouldn't know...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I'm the Destroyer B!t@#!


There's a new joke going around, have you heard it?

ha ha

What did the five fingers say to the face?



Sunday, July 31, 2011

San Diego Comic Con 2011

Hey guys!

Well the San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come and gone.  I wanted to post pics from my iphone to my blog, but I couldn't figure out how to do that.  If someone knows an easy way to do so, please let me know, because I want to download some of the pics I took.  For those of you who cannot wait, go to my Facebook account:

I had a great time hanging out with my fans, friends and family who stopped by my booth!  Thanks to Howard Shum for sharing the booth with me and being a cool wingman throughout the con!

Now, this is the infamous "epic fail" photo of Olivia Munn and me... I swear to God it's her!

The story goes, I was at my booth with Howard Shum, when Randy Green says he saw Oliva Munn by the Dark Horse booth. I'm a fan, so I tell my brother, Ronald to come with me. We get to Dark Horse, she isn't there. I then remember that the G4 booth is nearby, so we walk on over. I have my Iphone in my pocket, ready to take some photos, but my brother pulls out his awesome camera that takes top notch photos, so I say "cool, let's go with your camera". Get to the G4 booth, there is a crowd of dudes surrounding someone. I step closer and there is Olivia, who is very pretty in person and is very sweet to all her fans taking pictures with her. Realizing she wasn't going to be there too long, I stepped up, asked if we can take a picture, she said "sure", and I looked up to my brother with his camera. CLICK! I say thanks and we walk off. Immediately, as we step off, my brother tells me, he forgot to focus his camera! GRAHGHHHHH! So anyways, this is the only proof that I got. You can kinda tell it's her... Oh well, next time I'm using my Iphone.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cosplay Flash Mob Booth

"Hey, It's Bobby Rubio!"

Okay, this idea could probably use some planning, a good choreographer and a stunt double for me, because I (admittingly) am a terrible dancer.  So unless those things fall into place... like say sometime on Saturday around 1-2 ish... 

See you guys at the CON!  Booth#1943, just walk up aisle 1900 and you will see us!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Zombie Booth Design

Alright, this is San Diego Comic Con Booth Design version 2!

This isn't as sexy as the first design, but it sure Kick Ass!  I figure all we would need, would be some volunteers to dress up as Zombies, alot of fake blood, shovel, cricket bat and Howard and I are set!

Although, it might be hard to sell comics with all this commotion...

Anyways, we're still playing around with designs, but fear not, our booth will be ready by the con!  See you then at Booth #1943!  Just walk up aisle 1900 and you will find us.  See you guys there!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hot Tub Booth Design

Hey guys, the San Diego Comic Con is coming and I just wanted to let you know that this year I am teaming up with my buddy, Howard Shum.

We are currently designing the booth, which is BOOTH #1943.  Right next to Sideshow Collectibles.  Just walk up aisle 1900 and you will find us.  Hope to see you guys there!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sketchbook Cover WIP

Needed some red in there...
I think it looks better, draws your eyes in...

for comparison:

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sketchbook for San Diego Comic Con

The San Diego Comic Con is just a few weeks away and here I am scrambling to put together my sketchbook.  I decided to compile some of the fun and cool sketches I've done in the past couple of years in a book.  Inspired by Gainax's Groundwork books, I thought I would just print the linework of these pieces.  Seeing the power in the animator's linework has always been an inspiration to me, so I thought," Hey, why not? "

The title of the book is "Classics", I thought it was fitting due to one of the more popular pieces I did this year was the Hangover and X-Men crossover drawing.  being that "Classic" was one of the catchphrases in the Hangover movie.  Also, it's a total goof on the term "Classics", it seem to befit more refined, more pretentious artwork.  So far, I think the title works...

I was thinking of other titles such as: Assassin's Manual, Hello Kitties!, Throwdown, Classified, Rubicon, Grand Schemes, YESH (Yes and Fresh combined.  I liked, but my wife vetoed!)
Anyways, If you guys come up with something cool, let me know. There is still time... but not much...

Talk to you later!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ultra Radness

So I'm just brainstorming, trying to come up with a cool name for my sketchbook that I am gonna put together for the San Diego Comic Con ( A month away! Yikes!!!)

Anyways, I was thinking, this book is gonna be COOL, it's gonna be RAD, it's gonna be ULTRA RAD... ULTRA RADNESS!!!  Oh s#it, "Ultra Radness" would be cool for a title and I had this immediate visual of Ultra Magnus surfing on a wave of Energon!  I was excited about the image and the title and so I went to my wife and pitched her the whole concept and she said "Who is Ultra Magnus?"

"WHO is Ultra Magnus?!!" I exclaimed, "Why he was the leader of the Autobots and was hand picked by Optimus Prime to lead and take the Matrix of Leadership!!!"

She said," No one is going to know that." She argued that the X-Men stuff that I had drawn will be more known and only a handful of people will get this joke...  Begrudgingly, I agreed.  So I'm still searching for a title for the sketchbook.

I still like the concept, so I drew it out and now I am calling this piece- "Ultra Radness".  To the handful of guys who get the joke, I salute you and I hope that you guys dig the piece.  To the rest of you, go and see the animated TRANSFORMERS movie!  It is truly a classic and should not be missed.

Til all are one!

Monday, June 6, 2011


I've been cleaning up my office this morning and I found this file.  This was my sketch (all digital) that I was planning on making an original art piece to.  Hopefully, if I can find some time, I will.  My intent was to  do this as a marker piece and donate it to a Japan charity event, but there is a cynical part of me that thinks I should just do a Wolverine piece set in Japan and that would get more interest...  

Oh well, I've been too busy to do either piece, but I thought I would just share this drawing with you guys.  Happy Monday everybody!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I am Captain America

I love comics.  It  all started back in elementary school.  I remember constantly going to the local library and checking out "Origins of Marvel Comics", "Son of Origins", "Bring on the Bad Guys" and "Superhero Women" by Stan Lee.  After reading these books, I've became hooked on Marvel comics.  I remember around 6th grade, that I picked up "How to Draw Comics the Marvel way" and that was it, I knew then that I wanted to be a comic book artist when I grew up.

I've been fortunate to have many teachers along the way who have guided me towards a career in art. Two of my biggest influences were my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Edwards and my art teacher in high school Ms.Carlin. They both encouraged me to do my own artwork and create my own stories.  In fact, both of them allowed me to draw comics for class projects.  Looking back, they were so wonderful and nurturing and I hope that every child would have teachers like Ms.Carlin and Mr. Edwards.

A few months ago,  I found out through my job, that Marvel was looking for freelance artists for some covers.  I jumped at the opportunity, for it was a childhood dream to draw a Marvel cover.  George Beliard from Marvel contacted me.  He informed me of the "I am Captain America" campaign and that my assignment was the "teacher" theme.  I was ecstatic and a bit concerned.  Concerned, only in "how am I going to make this teacher cover cool?"  My first pitch to George was a kid reading a Captain America comic in class and the teacher had just caught him in the act.  George felt that in this scenario, the kid was the focus and that the "teacher" needed to garner the most attention.  He suggested I add a Cap Sheild broach to her outfit or add a Cap Shield somewhere near her to spotlight her.

So I did some sketches and the one that caught my eye was a teacher reading to her class and all of them were sitting on a Cap shield rug.  I thought it would be cool to dress up the children as the Avengers.  This is the sketch I sent to George-

George approved the sketch and I went on to tie down the sketch-

George approved the line work, so I continued on with the color.  I'm still very new at coloring my own work so I asked my co-workers for their opinions and recieved great advice from Noah Klocek and Garett Sheldrew.  There are a couple of minor changes that I added to the drawing, one was the Wasp's wings needed a couple more little wings and I added a toy tank to the kid dressed up like the Hulk.  My friend and fellow Story Artist, Ted Mathot suggested it and I liked that it helped to make Hulk more recognizable beyond the green shirt and purple pants.

Another cool thing that I was able to do was put all my sons' artwork on the cover, here is their work-

Alex Rubio (3 years old):

Harrison Rubio (5 years old):

Will Rubio (3 years old):

The boys also did some artwork that was in TS3 for the daycare center (uncredited)!  Another cool thing is I drew my son, Harrison as the kid dressed up like Iron Man!

Here is the cover with the "Marvel logo" template on top, so you get a better idea of what the final will look like-

It's been a long time since those elementary school days, and I would like for all teachers to know that this cover artwork is dedicated to you.  You inspire, guide and prepare children for their future.  As a father of 3 boys, I appreciate and respect all the work that you do!

So here is my first Marvel cover, I had a blast drawing it!  My cover is the variant to Incredible Hulks #632 so be on the look out for it.  I'm so excited to being a part of the "I am Captain America" project.  I'm looking forward to seeing my cover on the comic book shelves and to seeing the Captain America movie!  The trailer looks bad ass!  Here is a link for more information on the Captain America variant covers

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's this in my mailbox?

So I come back to Pixar after a couple days vacation to find this in my mailbox!

Yeah, I just recieved the Gainax Charity Artbook!!! It looks great and I am so honored to be a part of it.  I'm still trying to find out if it is available in the U.S.  Once I find out, I will let you guys know.

Thanks Gainax!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Have an Incredible day!

Happy Birthday to my baby bro, Ronald (director of the Cleveland show!)
You remember the Hulk?!!  Now stay outta my ROOM!

Wishing everyone an "Incredible" day

Monday, May 9, 2011


"I like pink very much Lois."

Been drawing alot of dudes lately,
This one is for all the boys putting in long hours at the office.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gainax Charity Book

Japanese Animation Studio Gainax ( Gurren Lagann, FLCL, Evangelion ) made a Charity Book to benefit the people who where affected by the earthquake in Japan.  Proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.  Here is a link to the Gainax Charity Book website:

I love Japan and always wanted to visit.  I was shocked to see the devestation caused by the earthquakes and tsunami.  I was concerned about my friends in Japan and I prayed for their safety.  Fortunately, they were fine, but many were affected by the disasters.

Since Gainax has come to visit Pixar, I have remained in contact with them.  Gainax immediately wanted to put together a Charity Book.  I was asked to be a part of the book.  I was honored to be a part of this amazing cause.  They told me that the theme of the book was Gurren Lagann and I knew I wanted to draw something that was a mash-up of Gainax and Pixar.  So I did this drawing of the Gurren Lagann characters dressed up like superheroes.  I also wanted to draw something that was uplifting and to me, superheroes have always been uplifting.

One of the cool things that happened was I was asked to invite some friends to participate in the book, so I asked guys who I knew loved Gainax and it sort of became a mini Avatar the Last Airbender reunion.  Its cool because we are all split in different studios, Pixar, Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers.  Here is a list of the guys who participated: Dean Kelly, Grant Alexander, Kenji Ono, Kihyun Ryu, Lauren Montgomery, Michael Chang, Seung-Hyun Oh, Bryan Konietzko, Elsa Garagarza, Ethan Spaulding, Ian Graham and Joaquim Dos Santos.  I want to thank these guys for helping out!

I will try to get more information on how to get the book in the U.S.  In the meantime if you would like to help, please donate to the Red Cross:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Go Go Clone Troopers!

Okay, don't get me wrong.  I love Star Wars, in fact, I've been collecting the figures by Sideshow Collectibles.  I've got Luke, Han, Leia, Ben Kenobi (old one) and I'm waiting for Chewie.  Last year Sideshow made a Red Trooper and the year before that the Blue Trooper, and this year it's the Yellow Trooper! Now,  I'm sure there is a bunch of Trooper fans that are stoked, I'm just saying "Where is Chewie?!! D@mmit, WHERE IS CHEWIE?!!"  Okay, enough nerd rage.

Have a Morphin Monday guys!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Break!!!

Yes it is SPRING BREAK!!! for my kids.
No Spring Break for me, I gotta work.  But if I could take a break, I would be back home in San Diego.  Chilling.  
Here's a drawing of my character Hector and his friend, I haven't thought her name... wait... I got it... Tori Pines. ( yeah, just a little homesick.)
They are sitting on his custom Import car.  I have an idea for a story, I just gotta find some time to do it.
Oh San Diego... I will be coming home soon!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ignacio Cruz and the Road of Doom

It's Filipino Friday and this is Ignacio Cruz, the freshest Filipino adventurer from the 1970's.  "Iggy" as he was called by his close friends was a very cool and groovy guy who was the people's champion.  He protected the people from the supernatural beings on the Islands.

Happy Friday (afternoon) everybody!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mr. Eternia

Here is a little piece of history.  Back in 1975 there was this bodybuilding contest for Mr. Eternia.  It was an epic battle between up-and-comer, He-Man and the reigning champion, Skeletor.  Skeletor won the contest, left Eternia and became a huge action star.  He-man became a tv star and can be seen at comic conventions all across the country.  Anyways, here's a drawing of a simpler time, when our heroes were super, super pumped up!

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Fantastic Four

Picked up FF#1 last week and I was pleasantly surprised.  I like the direction that Jonathan Hickman and the art team is taking the characters.  It feels right, I even like the addition of Spider-man to the team, because it feels like a natural progression to Peter Parker's character.  Pete is a scientist and I am happy to see that he is finally becoming one.

Anyways, I wanted to draw my favorite Fantastic Four line-up.  This is the group that John Byrne had drawn and Byrne's run on the title was one of the best runs on that book.  I'm a bit sad that the Fantastic Four book is done, but I am happy that the new FF (The Future Foundation) book is pushing the characters in a new direction!

Have a Fantastic Friday everyone!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Okay, this started off as a goof.  I just wanted to do some over the top drawing of the X-Men and over do the line work.  But I dunno... I kinda like it.  I guess when you are drawing the X-Men, you have to go a little over the top!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lil' Rine

Because 2 of you guys requested it...

So chillin' in the front seat
In the back seat
Im drivin', cruisin'
Fast lanes, switchin' lanes
Wit' a car up on my side WOO!

the companion piece to

Lil' Rine in the house!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Secret Punch

Here is my tribute to the movie Sucker Punch.
The visuals and action look over the top and the girls look amazing, maybe a bit under-dressed for combat but still they look great kicking ass.  So I thought why not push it all the way to 11 with the sexiness...
and add not just one Victoria Secret model, but FIVE Victoria Secret Models! (AmIright Mike?!)
and I just drew myself in there, because WHY NOT???

Anyways looking forward to seeing the movie next week.  For the last couple of weeks I have been getting links to my blog,  I just want to say thanks to all of you who have posted my art on your blogs, your Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.  It is much appreciated!  I just want to get my artwork out there so thanks for spreading the word and sharing the love!  Here is the SEXY TIME variant I posted as a bonus to you guys...

Thanks again guys! Much love - Bobby

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ellen Aim Rocks!

A couple weeks ago I had read that the amazing Diane Lane was cast as Martha Kent in the new Superman movie...

What a serious upgrade!  Zack Snyder you've got me, I'm on board.

I have had a crush on Diane Lane since I was a kid when I saw her on "Streets of Fire" playing Ellen Aim.
She's a fantastic actress and I'm looking forward to seeing her portrayal of Superman's mom.  I'm really curious as to who they are going to get to play Lois, because Diane is a stunner and it will be a shame if Martha Kent is hotter than Lois Lane.

On another note, please donate what you can to help in Japan's emergency relief,
Red Cross is accepting donations online online or via text message. Simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.  Thanks!