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Hieronymus Zoo has fled civilization to live on his own private island, away from the stress, pain, and drama that come from associating with other people. His idyllic lifestyle is shattered, however, by the nightmares that plague his sleep, and a horrifying monster that rises threateningly from the sea. But is the monster real, or just another creation of his mind? And wh ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Oni Press
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Neil McCrea
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful contemporary fable with charming illustrations by Andi Watson. I Was Someone Dead is similar in tone to the short stories of Ben Loory, although it was written some time before Ben was ever published. This is high praise indeed considering the esteem in which I hold Ben's work.

Hieronymous Zoo wishes for a life free from pain. Agreeing with Sartre that "hell is other people", Hieronymous works to create a place for himself in the world that minimizes his contact with others. After am
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Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Like, a flower is lovely to look at, but it becomes much more miraculous when you know how a seed grows, how it blooms, how a flower becomes.”

So does Jamie S. Rich’s short and unassuming novella, “I Was Someone Dead” bloom from simplicity to complexity with natural ease. In addition to storytelling, Rich assumes the role of investigator to explore the complex inner struggles of his characters. Yet amidst these machinations, he never lets you forget that you are reading a short, swiftly flowing
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Rich is an author of both prose (Cut My Hair, I Was Someone Dead, and The Everlasting) and comics (the two-volume series Love the Way You Love; the Spell Checkers series). His third full-length novel, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, was released by Oni Press in the summer of 2007. He regularly collaborates with artist Joelle Jones, including the Oni graphic novels 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and ...more
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“I was a happy melancholy, though — a contradiction in terms, to be sure, but every human understands this paradox, because they have all felt it.” 3 likes
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