Monthly Spotlight: Bob Lipski

“Monthly spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where once per month, I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This month’s spotlight is on friend Bob Lipski. In Bob’s own words…


“My name is Bob Lipski and I have been making comics in the Twin Cities since roughly 2001. I grew up reading comics; mostly ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Archie,’ and of course, ‘Calvin and Hobbes.’ I was obsessed with Batman and the X-Men in Junior High, but when I got to High School I discovered ‘Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman and was hooked on non-superhero stuff for a long time. I stopped reading comics when ‘Sandman’ wrapped up, and I thought I was done with them. But when I was in my 20s I got a part-time job at DreamHaven Books, and discovered comics all over again. This time I was drawn to James Kochalka, Alex Robinson, and Julie Doucet. I was amazed at the auto-biographical stuff that Adrian Tomine was doing, and thought I could take a crack at making my own comics. I always liked to draw but this was a new adventure.”

Cover of Uptown Girl by Bob Lipski

“My first comic was a simple, one-page quasi-biographical thing called ‘Fake Farm Landscape.’ Really different than the stuff I do now, but it was stuff about me growing up and stupid stuff I did. I learned a lot about panel structure and balloon placement. I published it on the Internet and did that for a while; maybe a year, maybe longer. I got tired of talking about myself and started a new comic called ‘Uptown Girl.’ It was set in Minneapolis, about a plucky young reporter, and was in the spirit of ‘Archie’ comics and ‘Seinfeld.’ I self-published it monthly for 75 issues. I loved doing that comic. The monthly schedule was a grind. I was inspired by books by Kevin Cannon, and I wanted to up my art game. My wife and I just had our second child, and it was a good time to step away from the monthly schedule, spend more time with my family, and more time making comics instead of spending every Saturday at Kinkos. I went on to publish five original ‘Uptown Girl’ graphic novels (and one retrospective) before wrapping up the series. All in all, I made ‘Uptown Girl’ stories for around 13 years.”

Comics by Bob Lipski

“In 2015 I launched my current comic, ‘The Incredible Retros,’ which I publish five times a week. It’s about a team of superheroes fighting villains in the year 2438. It is very much a mash-up of X-Men and ‘The Simpsons,’ I think. Epic adventures with funny dialogue. I think it’s funny, anyway. I am also working on a new stand-alone graphic novel called ‘Norah Locke’ and it’s pretty much ‘The Legend of Zelda’ but set in White Bear Lake where I live. It’s going to be like 500 pages, and I hope to finish it before I die.”

“So that’s me. I have a wonderful wife and two great kids. It’s a better life than I thought I would ever have.”

Jin’s Note: Through Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, The Retros second print-copy volume “Secret Identity” is available through a Kickstarter campaign.

Comics by Bob Lipski

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