Talking Lines is the first ever comprehensive short story collection of R. O. Blechman, one of the most prolific and influential visual artists of the twentieth century. This oeuvre of his graphic stories is, at once, jocular, wry and profound. Blechman ruminates on such various topics as nuclear weapons, war,wiretapping, Christopher Columbus, Leo Tolstoy, William Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. The stories have appeared in the seminal magazine Humbug (edited by Harvey Kurtzman), The Nation, Nozone (edited by his son, Nicholas Blechman), The New York Times and The New York Times Book Review.
Blechman is a modern master of all things visual whose timeless intellect and stripped-down artistry propels his nonstop relevancy. He is one of the few artists who has been able to balance the commercial and the artistic in a polished and unparalleled career that heralds him as one of the great cartoonists, the author of one of the first modern graphic novels, an Emmy and Cannes Film festival award-winning animator with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, a Hall of Fame Art Director and even as a blogger for the Huffington Post.