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Rob Cline

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...

Posted by Rob Cline | Feb 2, 2016

Deborah Elizabeth Whaley's new book is out from Washington University Press In issue 192, which drops tomorrow, LV features an interview between Rob Cline and Dr. Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, University...

Posted by Rob Cline | Dec 30, 2015

'Side-Kicked.' -- art by Miguel Mendonça As the Iowa winter takes hold, it's a good time to let comics creators -- both established and new on the scene -- take...

Posted by Rob Cline | Dec 3, 2015

By now, you’re probably making your naughty and nice list for whatever gift-giving activity might be part of your holiday traditions. Here’s a round-up of choice comics you should wrap...

nAMUH
Posted by Rob Cline | Nov 19, 2015

Check out Ryan Bentzinger's nAMUH exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through Jan. 17, 2016. The origin story for Ryan Bentzinger’s nAMUH could be summed up this way:...

Gotham
Posted by Rob Cline | Nov 2, 2015

In this depiction of Gotham City, a teenage Batman is still coming into his own as Detective Gordan struggles to keep his city in check. The first season of Gotham,...

Posted by Rob Cline | Oct 7, 2015

Writer Sean Christopher Lewis and artist Benjamin Mackey -- each of whom has contributed to the Iowa City arts scene in a variety of ways and settings -- are now...

Posted by Rob Cline | Jul 14, 2015

Benjamin Percy, who’s taught creative writing at both the University of Iowa and Iowa State, is best known as a novelist who defies genre conventions. He is the author of...

Posted by Rob Cline | Apr 30, 2015

Like many writers, Kyle Higgins found his voice in Iowa City. The comic book creator — whose credits include work for Marvel and DC Comics as well as his creator-owned...