|End date||July 2, 2017|
|Syndicate(s)||King Features Syndicate|
|Publisher(s)||Andrews & McMeel|
Tina's Groove is a comic strip by Rina Piccolo with a restaurant setting. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, it began in 2002.The comic strip ended its run on July 2, 2017.
"Tina’s Groove chronicled the personal and workplace adventures of a single, smart, attractive waitress who worked at Pepper’s restaurant. Shrewdly self-aware, Tina refuted clichéd notions of single women as neurotics obsessed with career or marriage. Tina found her groove and empowered herself by embracing life and everyone she met head-on."
Piccolo offered her description of the characters on July 4, 2012:
Readers have wondered if Tina is depressed or deeply worried about something, but Piccolo explains that this impression is mistaken and may be an inadvertent effect of Tina's hairstyle, specifically the hair bangs being drawn "at the same angle that you’d use to draw a 'worried eyebrow' expression".
The strip ran in such newspapers as the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Arizona Republic and the Toronto Star, and it is also available through King Features' DailyINK email service.
In 2006, Andrews & McMeel published Tina’s Groove: A Cartoon Collection ( ISBN 978-0740756979), collecting selected strips from its first few years.
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