Robert Rodi

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General Information

Name: Robert Rodi

Pen Name: None


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.

Published Works

  • Fag Hag, Plume, 1991
  • Closet Case, Plume, 1992
  • What They Did to Princess Paragon: A Novel , Plume, 1994
  • Drag Queen, Plume, 1995
  • Kept Boy, Plume , 1997
  • The Birdcage: The Shooting Script, Newmarket Press, 1999
  • Bitch Goddess , Plume, 2002
  • When You Were Me, Kensington, 2007
  • Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty, the World's Least Likely Agility Dog, Hudson Street Press, 2009
  • Codename: Knockout Vol. 1: The Devil You Say, Vertigo, 2010
  • Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany's Proudest People, Ballantine, 2011
  • Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, Marvel, 2011
  • Thor: For Asgard, Marvel, 2011
  • Astonishing Thor, Vol. 1, No. 5, Marvel, 2011
  • Thor: The Deviants Saga, Marvel, 2012
  • Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, CreateSpace, 2012
  • The Sugarman Bootlegs, CreateSpace, 2012
  • Avery Overman's Adventures In Underbed, Create Space, 2013

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Fag Hag (Plume Fiction)

ISBN: 0452269407
Release Date: 1993-01-01

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Drag Queen

ISBN: 0452273447
Release Date: 1996-11-01

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Kept Boy

ISBN: 0452273455
Release Date: 1997-11-01

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The Birdcage: The Shooting Script

ISBN: 1557042772
Release Date: 1999-06-11

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Bitch Goddess

ISBN: 0452283108
Release Date: 2002-02-26

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Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty, the World's Least Likely Agility Dog

ISBN: 1594630542
Release Date: 2009-06-11

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Codename: Knockout Vol. 1: The Devil You Say

ISBN: 1401227988
Release Date: 2010-05-25

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Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany's Proudest People

ISBN: 0345521056
Release Date: 2011-06-21

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Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers

ISBN: 0785149686
Release Date: 2011-03-30

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Astonishing Thor, Vol. 1, No. 5

ISBN: 0785148760
Release Date: 2011-09-28

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Thor: The Deviants Saga

ISBN: 0785163069
Release Date: 2012-08-08

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The Sugarman Bootlegs

ISBN: 1468071157
Release Date: 2012-01-21

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Avery Overman's Adventures In Underbed

ISBN: 1484947517
Release Date: 2013-05-11

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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Robert Rodi on Amazon


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