Rina Piccolo


What do you get when you mix quirky co-workers, questionable customers, and a sensible, lovable career waitress? The answer is Tina's Groove -- the comic strip that delivers quick wit, lively humor, and lots of laughs.

Centered on the life of Tina -- a server at Pepper's Fine Dining Restaurant -- Tina's Groove chronicles the daily challenges of a waitress trained in the art of maintaining composure in the midst of madness. At work and at home, we follow Tina as she copes with friends, relationships, and the day-to-day trials of a workingwoman living life in the 21st Century.

Originally launched in 2002, Tina’s Groove ran in newspapers and websites until 2017. The selected archives are now available to enjoy here on Comics Kingdom.



Tina is the Everywoman of our time: smart, funny and real. She’s not waiting for her life to begin – she’s living it. Wherever her groove takes her, Tina is happy being Tina.


Always looking for a wild time, Tina’s best friend and fellow waitress knows where to find it. As she puts it, waiting tables is the blight on her career of living vicariously through her own self. We all have a friend like Suzanne – she’s the girl next door … that is, if you live next door to a frat house.


Sometimes, her wisdom is from another generation. But, most times, it’s from another wave-length … She’s proof that mothers and daughters don’t have to be on the same page to love each other.


One wonders if Monica is having deep thoughts or if she’s counting the tiles on the ceiling. Never “the hostess with the mostest,” Monica only wishes she were somewhere else. Others say she’s already on another planet.


If you happen to catch him without his clipboard, you won’t recognize him. Being the general manager of Pepper’s Restaurant is serious business for Rob, even though it’s not what he went to college for. A control freak at heart, Rob is a shy bachelor whose idea of having a good time is loosening his tie while attacking the inventory sheets.

Chef Carlos

With the ego of six men, Carlos is a man’s man. Whether he’s having a beer with the boys or spicing up the rigatoni in the kitchen at Pepper’s Restaurant, you’ll find he’s big on talk …
especially when he is the topic of conversation.


Tina’s new boyfriend has a challenging role to play: he’s the new guy in a circle of old friends. Will they accept him? Can he make Tina happy? As the man behind the bar at Pepper’s, and one genuinely sweet guy, he’s already halfway there to being “one of the gang.”


Bar patrons are talkative, and that's just fine with Jake, who prefers to listen from behind the bar. Quiet and reserved, sometimes you wonder if he's even there.


There is never a dull moment when Claud drops by Pepper's. He is bizarre, outlandish and full of strange stories. If you ever hitch a ride in his cab, you'd better take along a grain of salt.

The Complainer

Patronizing a restaurant where no one knows his name, and no one cares to ask for it, "The Complainer" does just that: complains.


Rina Piccolo

Rina Piccolo is a cartoonist and writer. Her body of work spans thirty plus years, and includes a diverse collection of comics, cartoons, illustration, and animation. Rina’s daily newspaper comic strip “Tina’s Groove” ran from 2002 to 2017. She was also one of the original six cartoonists in King Features’ gag panel strip “Six Chix.” Her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, The Reader’s Digest, Glamour Magazine, and more.

Rina is co-author and illustrator of “Quirky Quarks: A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics” (Springer Publishing 2016).

In 2017, Rina joined up with cartoonist Hilary Price to collaborate on the daily syndicated comic “Rhymes With Orange.”

Rina lives in Toronto, where she was born and raised. Aside from drawing and writing, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and cycling.



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