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Robert J. (“Bob”) Sodaro is an American born writer, editor, and digital graphic artist. Sodaro was born in Norwalk, CT and is best known for writing as a journalist for numerous publications in the comicbook industry press during the ‘80s & ‘90s. He currently contributes stories to a number of independent comicbook publishers including, Red Anvil Comics, Main Enterprises, Pronto Comics, Free Lunch Comics, Atlas Unleashed, and others, He also created and wrote for the online webcomic publisher Inkbot.com. He currently writes for Examiner.com on the topics of comicbooks, films, local events, and literature. He is the creator of a number of intellectual properties including Agent Unknown, Wülf Girlz, Girl Skout Wars, Hot Girl & Totally Hot Girl, and others.
As Media Studies Major at Sacred Heart University (SHU), CT, Sodaro studied various forms of modern media including radio, video, film, and print. Sodaro graduated with a BS in Media Studies and a minor in philosophy. While attending SHU he acquired his 3rd Class FCC License and began broadcasting as a DJ on WSHU, the college’s radio station. It was this position that landed him an internship, and later a job at WICC, the local #1 radio station in the Fairfield County area. It was while working at another station, WNLK, Sodaro met Mike Raub a DJ at that station.
In 1981, Raub, a renowned comicbook art collector introduced Sodaro to Mike Catron, then an editor for Fantagraphics Publications’ two magazines, The Comics Journal and Amazing Heroes. Catron purchased Sodaro’s first published piece — an article about Steve Ditko’s run on Spider-Man — which set Sodaro off on a publishing run that had his work appearing in virtually every major comicbook industry magazine over the next three decades. It was during these formative days of his career that Sodaro initially met and befriended indie comic publisher, Jim Main (although Sodaro wouldn’t begin contribution stories to Main’s various publications until 2010).
From his initial piece in Amazing Heroes, Sodaro went on to contribute to The FantiCo Chronicles, The Comics Journal, Comics Buyers’ Guide, Wizard, Hero Illustrated, Flux, Combo, Nonsports Update, Comics Values Monthly, Triton, TwoMorrows, and numerous other publications. During the ‘80s & ‘90s he also wrote marketing and promotional material directly for many of the comicbook publishers as well, including Marvel (Marvel Age, Marvel Vision, Marvel Year in Review), DC, Image (Extreme), Malibu (The Malibu Sun), Dark Horse, Valiant/Acclaim, J.C. Comics, and many others. For a time he served as the Senor Title Coordinator and a regular contributor to SpiderFan.org. It was while working on a brief, in-house assignment as a copywriting/consultant for Marvel Comics that Sodaro initially met and began his association with Mark Mazz — who was then a freelance art director for Marvel.
During this time, in addition to his extensive comicbook journalism, Sodaro also wrote for numerous non-comics and mainstream magazines and newspapers. These articles ranged from computers, electronic gaming, and technology (Videogaming Illustrated, Ahoy!, Compute’s! Gazette, Run), to local issues (Stamford Plus, Norwalk Plus, Norwalk Beat, Local Matters, The Fairpress, The Fairfield County Weekly, The Hour), to opinion, pop culture, and music (Fairfield County Woman, Relix, Blues Revue), to comics and collecting (American Antiquities, MoneyCard Collector, Tuff Stuff’s Collect). One of Sodaro’s other long loves, has been movies, and he has maintained a movie column over the better part of the last 30 years (Tunes ‘N’ Times, Hip, Mixx/InterMixx, The Stamford Times, More Sugar, PopThought.com and currently for Examiner.com/Hartford).
In the late ‘70s — while Sodaro was working as the managing editor for Ion International Sodaro began the move from journalist to a writer of comics. His first work of published fiction was for Videogaming Illustrated (an Ion International publication) when he took over the writing chores for an ongoing cartoon strip entitled Video Victor. He went on to create a short-lived espionage series for Deni Lobert’s Renegade Press imprint, entitled Agent Unknown. In 2006, Mazz invited Sodaro to join him and Keith Murphey in The Comicbook Artists Guild, as well as become publicist for (and contributor to) Mazz and Murphey’s publishing house, Guild Works Productions (GWP). It was through his association with the Guild and GWP that Sodaro met and befriended Matt C. Ryan and Steve Kanaras of Free Lunch Comics. At the urging of Mazz, Sodaro returned to his roots, writing fiction. Since that time several of Sodaro’s short stories have been published by a number of indie publishers including Guild Works Productions (Psychosis!), The Comicbook Artists Guild Anthology (CAG), Free Lunch Comics (Beyond the Kuiper Belt, Only in Whispers), Atlas Unleashed (Psychosis Today!), and Main Enterprises (*PPFZT, The Attic, Main Enterprises Presents, others), and Pronto Comics (Hot Girl & Totally Hot Girl, and First in Flight — the story of Gustave Whitehead, Perceptions).
Sodaro is currently assisting Dave Ryan and Joe Martino with Ryan’s innovative War of the Independents’ comic book series (Red Anvil Comics) as an editor for the company’s line of comics, as well as heading up marketing initiatives (He successfully ran a Kickstarter for one of the company’s comics). Sodaro is currently writing two Red Anvil titles; Martino’s Cyberine Corps, and Rachele Aragno’s innovative comicbook Owlgirls (with Dave Ryan).
Sodaro’s Hot Girl & Totally Hot Girl (IndyPlanet) began life as a gag and wound up as a stand-alone comic when Sodaro decided to “take the next step” in his evolution as an author. He assembled a team to produce the art then found a publisher (NY-based Pronto) to help him move the project through to fruition. For its initial release, the comic became a full-color, eight-page Print-on-Demand comic. His other on-going projects include the web comic Girl Skout Wars (a group of young girls fight off zombies, and other creatures of the world in a post-apocalyptic world); and Wülf Girlz (A pair of pre-teen girls who are werewülves, and stalk pedophiles and other human predators). His second Pronto PoD comic was First in Flight a brief accounting of Conn resident Gustave Whitehead who flew two years before the Wright brothers. A third Pronto Comic is the mythic flight of fancy entitled Perceptions.
Sodaro is the author of a pair of prose books, (Kiddie Meal Collectibles (Krause) — a price guide/history about Fast Food toys and Collectibles — and Trivia Mania: Commercials and Ads (Zebra) 1001 questions and answers about ads and commercials). Working with Alex Malloy and Stuart Wells, he became the features editor and assisted with the production for the long-running Comics Values Annual (1993–2009); a comicbook price guide. In his role as a comicbook historian he also contributed to the first three volumes of The Official Index to the Marvel Universe; which have been spun off into a number of soft-cover “Official Index to the Marvel Universe” trades (Sodaro’s contributions appear in: Spider-Man. Captain America, Thor, and Ghost Rider). Sodaro contributed to Dynamite Entertainment’s book, Stan Lee’s How to Draw Superheroes.
Robert J. Sodaro lives just outside of New York, in Southern Fairfield County; he has two adult children and a number of cats. He can often be found at his computer posting to Facebook, working on freelance writing assignments, on his “regular” job as Deputy Registrar of Voters for the City of Norwalk, CT, or volunteering for one of a number of local events and organizations.
Date of Birth: September 23, 1955
Birthplace: Norwalk, CT
E-mail: rjsodaro at optonline.net
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Sodaro is also an avid runner, and does so whenever his schedule allows. He also contributes a great deal of his time to a number of local causes and events, and is very active (and well-known) in his local community.
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