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Webcomic / Broken Lines

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"Broken Lines: An Illustrated Novel."
— Page Title

Broken Lines is a hybrid of prose, spot illustration, and comic art by Tom Pappalardo. It is a comedy/non-adventure story about a cowboy, a spaceman, and a waitress travelling cross-country fighting evil in a stolen rental van. Pappalardo has been publishing the story a few chapters at a time in 8"x8" black & white comic book format since 2007, and online since 2010. Pappalardo is also the author of The Optimist, a weekly comic strip.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Comic-Book Time - The timeline of events in the story are left intentionally vague.
  • Homage - Scenes from several movies are referenced, quotes and reenacted throughout the story: Blade Runner, Magnificent Seven.
  • Series Hiatus - Broken Lines is published somewhat sporadically both in print and online.
  • Strip Buffer - Pages currently being published online were originally published in print approximately three years earlier.


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