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Name:  Robert Rodi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1950 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Robert was born and still lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Rodi was born in Chicago in the conformist 1950's. His first novels, which quickly gained him cult status, were deftly drawn satires of the city's gay scene ("Fag Hag," "Closet Case," "Drag Queen"). While continuing to write fiction he's branched out into nonfiction, the better to share his enthusiasm for dogs and all things Italian. Having written for both Vertigo and Marvel, Rodi also created several comic-book series, including ''4 Horsemen'', ''Codename: Knockout'', and ''The Crossovers''. A man of many talents, Rodi is also an actor, spoken-word performer, jazz singer, and the front man for the Chicago-based fusion rock band ''7th Kind.''

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