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Rob Cline

The Sculptor
Posted by Rob Cline | Apr 24, 2015

Scott McCloud is best known for Understanding Comics, his 1993 examination of the comics medium that is, itself, presented in the form of a comic. It’s a seminal...

Posted by Rob Cline | Mar 13, 2015

The epigraph at the beginning of Love Volume 1: The Tiger offers enigmatic insight into the wordless graphic novel that follows: “In the animal kingdom, animals...

Posted by Rob Cline | Feb 5, 2015

In Sing No Evil, a young man named Aksel has lofty aspirations, but faces three problems that threaten his musical career...

Colorblind Comics
Posted by Rob Cline | Dec 18, 2014

Perhaps you need a comics pick-me-up to beat back the winter blahs. Or maybe you’re shopping for those hard-to-please readers on your list. Or maybe time has gotten away from...

Posted by Rob Cline | Nov 28, 2014

Reporter Jack Baxter standing in a media storm on the cover of Volume 1 of Phantom Jack Sometimes, something forgotten and flawed is just as interesting as, if not more...

Posted by Rob Cline | Oct 15, 2014

In Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe's Peanut, a girl named Sadie decides to inform her classmates at her new high school that she’s deathly allergic to peanuts...

Posted by Rob Cline | Sep 23, 2014

In the awarding-winning graphic novel Lost in the Wash, writer John Ira Thomas, who lives in Coralville, and artist Will Grant, an Iowa City native who lives in Minneapolis, have...

Colorblind Comics
Posted by Rob Cline | Aug 5, 2014

Danica Novgorodoff’s latest graphic novel, The Undertaking of Lily Chen, takes as its jumping-off point an old Chinese practice known as "ghost marriage." In...

Posted by Rob Cline | Jul 18, 2014

Writer Kent Bollers and artist Rick Leonardi invite you to look up Sherlock Holmes at a new address. Oh, the detective still resides at 221B Baker Street. But in Watson...

Posted by Rob Cline | Jun 12, 2014

Powers is what I always recommend to folks who have grown tired of traditional superhero stories. I have been an avid reader of the ongoing series by...

Posted by Rob Cline | May 15, 2014

The Spider-titles were proliferating around my house. I figured I needed to squish a few. First, I had started buying my son Ultimate Spider-Man...

Sex Criminals
Posted by Rob Cline | Apr 10, 2014

Reading Sex Criminals — a creator-owned comic published by Image and written by Matt Fraction with art by Chip Zdarsky — feels both illicit and mainstream.

Posted by Rob Cline | Mar 10, 2014

"I’ve always had a hard time seeing hard and fast boundaries," G. Willow Wilson told me during a phone conversation about her career. We were talking...

Colorblind Comics
Posted by Rob Cline | Jan 15, 2014

I blame Damian Wayne. Well, and Dick Grayson. In the summer of 2009, I caught wind of the fact that Bruce Wayne was dead. Who would don Batman’s cowl?