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Rob Cline

Posted by Rob Cline | May 29, 2017

The short plays that make up The Bully Plays have all the subtlety of a punch to the gut. In the Theatre Cedar Rapids Grandon Studio under the direction of...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 26, 2017

'Amelia 2.0,' based on Rob Merritt's 'The Summerland Project,' premieres Aug. 4. -- video still Rob Merritt, well known throughout the region’s arts, journalism and nonprofit sectors, established himself as...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 25, 2017

Orchestra Iowa explored the cinematic world of John Williams last weekend. -- image courtesy of Orchestra Iowa When I spoke with Maestro Timothy Hankewich a few days ahead of Orchestra...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 18, 2017

Area blues fans have had the blues since the final Bluesmore event in 2015. The Linn County Blues Society had a two decade run with their annual daylong event on...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 16, 2017

No one needs to encourage the members of SHEL to come out of their shells. Legion Arts presented the band at CSPS in Cedar Rapids’ New Bo District on Saturday...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 13, 2017

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and this weekend you can catch two events devoted to stories about moms and motherhood.

Posted by Rob Cline | May 9, 2017

The fairy dust does its job in the Theatre Cedar Rapids production of the musical version of 'Peter Pan.' Under the direction of Leslie Charipar, with musical direction by Benjamin...

Posted by Rob Cline | Feb 14, 2017

Gene Luen Yang remembers the first comic he ever bought: DC Comics Presents #57 Superman & the Atomic Knights. “That comic book blew my mind,” Yang said in a phone...

Posted by Rob Cline | Nov 15, 2016

Thomas Hotka didn’t have a grand plan in mind when he began publishing Nextuus: The Search for the Ocean Shard as a web comic. “I just got the idea to...

Posted by Rob Cline | Sep 5, 2016

Blair Gauntt and his longtime friend and collaborator Rich Dana were leading a hands-on zine making workshop at the 2015 edition of ICON -- the long-running Iowa science fiction convention...

Violet Austerlitz
Posted by Rob Cline | Jul 6, 2016

Illustration by Violet Austerlitz The world of Violet Austerlitz’s self-published comic The Satanic Mechanic first appeared in a short story. “The very, very early origins came from a little piece...

Mythic
Posted by Rob Cline | Jun 14, 2016

Phil Hester & John McCrea's 'Mythic' Phil Hester is arguably the most prominent Iowan in comics. Hester has written and drawn a wide array of titles since breaking into comics...

Photo by Britt Fowler
Posted by Rob Cline | May 4, 2016

  Free Comic Book Day Daydreams Comics (21 S Dubuque St.) -- Sat., May 7 He has a name worthy of a superhero, and has been using his powers for...

Posted by Rob Cline | Mar 25, 2016

Chris Gavaler's 'On the Origin of Superheroes'Chris Gavaler takes issue with novelist Michael Chabon’s origin story for superheroes. Writing in The New Yorker, Chabon, author of the comics-driven, Pulitzer Prize-winning...

Posted by Rob Cline | Mar 17, 2016

When it comes to comics, Gary Groth is both a champion and an iconoclast. Equally committed to the notions that comics deserve the full range of critical attention and that...

Illustration by Cheryl Graham
Posted by Rob Cline | Feb 4, 2016

Illustration by Cheryl Graham In her recent book, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, an associate professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Iowa, considers black female creators...