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written and illustrated by Rob Dorn

The "BobFred" comic strip was born in the Autumn of 2019. The comic strip is a semi-autobiographical look into the life of Artist/Writer, Rob Dorn and his house pets. It originally was intended to be a graphic novel about Rob's life and as he was beginning the process of writing and drawing, he decided to start posting vignettes about the process, featuring his two cats, Parker and Cooper. But soon enough, Rob had so much fun creating these vignettes that he put the graphic novel on hold and turned BobFred into a daily digital comic. Eventually, Milo was added to the strip as well as a CoughDrop because, why not?

Since it's creation, Rob has written and drawn over 700 strips and counting! BobFred is created digitally using the Procreate painting program on Rob's iPad Pro.



Rob is based on author, Rob Dorn. This semi-autobiographical character lives in a charming house in Chicago's Edgewater community. He is an artist who happily puts up with a gang of house pets and a smart alec coughdrop. Whether the characters actually talk to him or whether it's his imagination, that is for you or his therapist to decide.




As a Chicago based Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Rob has 25+ years of experience designing marketing materials, websites, original illustration work and iconography for IBM, Apple, theatre companies, authors and musicians.

Rob's writing credits include short stories, several concert shows and presentations as well as the book for the musical, "Spark" with composer, Gary Gimmestad. "Spark" made it's world debut in Chicago, produced by Three Cat Productions.

As an actor/vocalist, Rob's career has taken him throughout the United States in regional theatre, national tours and as a member of the vocal group, Three Hits and a Miss of which he was the founder and artistic director.

In coordination with Three Cat Productions, he has created and produced several  shows, including BabFab as well as his own solo shows. In Chicago, he has sung at many venues including, Davenports, The Chicago Theatre and the infamous, Green Mill Lounge, were he performed with a 15 piece swing orchestra.

(Photo by Miles Hayes)

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