Nationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin and Wisconsin State Journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands will be back at the Verona Public Library again next month.

Rubin and Hands will discuss their work and demonstrate live cartooning during an Oct. 4 presentation at 7 p.m. at the Verona Public Library.

According to a promotional flyer for the event, the cartoonists will “riff on each other’s cartoons and show how the twisted minds of two very different cartoonists work.”

“Given our current state of affairs, humor is needed now more than ever,” Rubin said.

Rubin’s work focuses primarily on the hilarity of animal and human nature, while Hands draws even stranger creatures: politicians.

Rubin’s syndicated “Rubes” cartoons appear weekly in more than 400 newspapers and media out-lets worldwide.

He said his work focuses on “the absurdity of every-day situations and human nature – and pokes fun at them.”

Books, calendars and other items will be available for sale and signing at the library. A drawing will also be held for door prizes.

Rubin lives in Nipomo, Calif., with his wife, Teresa, and their two sons, Jeremy and Ryan.

Rubin will be in Madison that week for the World Dairy Expo.

Hands is the only cartoonist on the staff of a newspaper in Wisconsin.

He is a fierce political moderate, and his cartoons attack the extremists on both the left and the right. He said he learned long ago that no political party has a monopoly on bad ideas.

His cartoons have appeared in publications such as USA Today, Newsweek, Time and The Washington Post. While many of his cartoons tackle national issues, they are generally crafted specifically for his audience in Wisconsin.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1980, Hands grew up in the Detroit area, and his experience with that dysfunctional city has shaped his political philosophy. He remains conscious of the caustic politics of race, sympathetic to the plight of the urban poor, and skeptical of big government theories that helped destroy his hometown.

Phil lives in Madison with his wife, Tricia and their children, Owen and Claire.