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Lio's Astonishing Tales: From the Haunted Crypt of Unknown Horrors (Liō #1-2)

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A boy's imagination is unleashed in "Lio's Astonishing Tales: From the Haunted Crypt of Unknown Horrors." The 2009 National Cartoonists Award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip, "Lio" is unique in its pantomime content and drawing style. This treasury includes creator commentary and origins of "Lio."

It's slightly dark and terribly funny. Lio, the main character, a young boy wi
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ebook, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
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Rama
Feb 20, 2014 Rama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartoons
Lio's book of known horrors

This is an interesting book of cartoons, with a catchy title by the author Mark Tatulli right in time for the Halloween of 2009: It is a great marketing strategy. Looking through this book you come across interesting piece of history of cartoon character Lio. You get to see the first drawing of the cartoon character and the evolution of Lio as the concept progressed. Some of the highlights include the following: The piece on the first appearance of Peanut characters on
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Mike Jensen
Jul 15, 2015 Mike Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lio is one of the two best and most perfectly realized comic strips produced in the US today. It's precursor is THE ADDAMS FAMILY, but aside from the borrowed suburbanite with a strange life and obsessions aspect, Mark Tatulli has created a fully-realized and independent world. The strip is clever, imaginative, and wholly wonderful. There is really just one joke, but the premise lends itself to endless surprises and variations. This book starts at the beginning. Tatulli's commentary is mostly il ...more
Drno
Jan 11, 2016 Drno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Calvin and Hobbes crossed with The Far Side, with a little Addams Family mixed in. If you like your comics a little on the dark and weird side, this is for you (and me).
Adam
Aug 02, 2014 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-comics, humor
If you asked me to describe Mark Tatulli's Lio, I would say it resembles the result of sticking Calvin and Hobbes' Bill Watterson, Sergio Aragones and EC Comics' Wally Wood into a blender and pouring out the resulting slurry.

I don't mean to suggest that Tatulli rises to the level of any of these comics titans; I make the comparison only as a way of classifying his style.

Like Watterson's Calvin, Lio is a small boy with a big imagination. Like Aragones' best work, the strip is dialogue-free. And l
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Matti Karjalainen
Liō on pieni poika, joka elää yhdessä isänsä kanssa ja harrastaa muun muassa kuolleiden henkiin herättämistä ja yhteydenpitoa avaruusolioihin, rakastaa Undead Bunnies -sarjakuvaa ja naapurin söpöä mutta pahaa tyttöä, leikkii kalmarin kanssa ja inhoaa metsästäjiä sekä koulukiusaajia.

Amerikkalaisen Mark Tatullin "Liō's Astonishing Tales: From the Haunted Crypt of Unknown Horrors" (Andrews McMeel, 2009) kerää yhteen kahden ensimmäisen Liō-albumin sisälmykset ja lisää pakettiin vielä ripauksen aikai
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Marc
Sep 10, 2009 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across Lio by accident, but I'm definitely glad I did. With virtually no dialogue or text, the comic relies exclusively on the twisted imagination of the author. I'd say it's a combination of Calvin & Hobbes, with a touch of Foxtrot, crossed with Gahan Wilson and Charles Addams. Some of the jokes might be over the heads of younger readers but they were perfect for someone like me with an offbeat sense of humor. Besides, how can you not love a character with a pet squid and whose f ...more
Kurt Russell
Apr 05, 2016 Kurt Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, funny, interesting, this comic's dark humor is at times a bit risque (for a comic strip) but is always engaging and funny. No fantastic creature or world is off-limits as the eponymous hero adventures through the wonderfully magical universes of science-fiction, fantasy and horror with ease. The strip is "silent," meaning no dialog with only the wonderful art to tell you the quick stories and jokes. My toddler daughter loves this book, and helped her not be afraid of the dark. With li ...more
Squirrely G
Aug 05, 2011 Squirrely G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this kid!
Ryk Stanton
Jun 16, 2014 Ryk Stanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lio is currently my favorite comic strip. This is the first book, with over 200 pages of strips. (It may be two books combined into one, I'm not sure.)
Vittorio
Mar 31, 2012 Vittorio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lio is one of the best strips to come around since Calvin and Hobbes! This collection is fantastic!
Dawn
This would've been an excellent comic collection if the author hadn't dedicated so many jokes to bad mouthing the Boondocks.
Roy Hudson
Sep 27, 2011 Roy Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great treasury of my favorite current comic strip. I can relate to Lio, having been "the weird kid" at one point myself.
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Jonathan Funk
Aug 10, 2012 Jonathan Funk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A modern spin on Calvin & Hobbes.
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Mark Tatulli is a comic artist and film maker, mostly known for his dark comedic newspaper strip Liō. He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards. He works for Banyan Productions. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.
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