Dear Creature

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Deep beneath the waves, a creature named Grue broods. He no longer wants to eat lusty beachgoers, no matter how their hormones call to him. A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider. After all, people are delicious! But this monster has changed. Grue found Shakespeare's plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart. Now he yearns to join the world above.

When his first attempt ends... poorly, Grue searches for the person who cast the plays into the sea. What he finds is ...

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Overview

Deep beneath the waves, a creature named Grue broods. He no longer wants to eat lusty beachgoers, no matter how their hormones call to him. A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider. After all, people are delicious! But this monster has changed. Grue found Shakespeare's plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart. Now he yearns to join the world above.

When his first attempt ends... poorly, Grue searches for the person who cast the plays into the sea. What he finds is love in the arms of Giulietta—a woman trapped in her own world. When she and Grue meet, Giulietta believes her prayers are answered. But people have gone missing and Giulietta's nephew is the prime suspect. With his past catching up to him, Grue must decide if becoming a new man means ignoring the monster he was.

Rising from a brine of drive-in pulp and gentle poetry, Jonathan Case's debut graphic novel Dear Creature is the love story you never imagined!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This exuberantly weird comic novel succeeds in fusing ’50s monster movies and the works of William Shakespeare. Grue, the atomic-mutant protagonist, has the body of the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the face of a Smiley button. He and his little crab buddies live by the beach, where they feed on hormone-saturated teenagers until the discovery of pages from the Bard’s work, sealed in floating cola bottles, awakens Grue’s dreams of poetic romance along with a knack for speaking in iambic pentameter. The woman willing to play Juliet to his Romeo is a middle-aged agoraphobe whose nephew is accused of murdering the missing teenagers. Case’s b&w art sometimes stretches reality for humorous effect, but keeps even the strangest scenes from feeling merely grotesque. The script also generates a surprising amount of pathos for the lovers’ doomed passion. Startlingly assured for a debut effort, the book is like Grue himself—unclassifiable but oddly charming. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

Dear Creature is sure to be one of the quirkiest and most surprising love stories you will ever read.” —Gene Yang, Eisner Award–winner for American Born Chinese
“Every panel is beautifully composed….Case mastered it on his first project.”  —Steve Lieber, Eisner Award–winner for Whiteout: Melt
“An impressive debut. I dream of a world where every cartoonist’s first graphic novel is this accomplished.”  —Derek Kirk Kim, Eisner Award–winner for The Eternal Smile

Kirkus Reviews

A mutant submariner pines for a surface girl trapped in a prison of her own making.

There are a hell of a lot of weird things in the world of graphic novels, ranging from Mike Mignola'sHellboyto, well, anything touched by Alan Moore. But every once in a while you get a beautiful anomaly like this black-and-white graphic novel by Portland-based artist and writer Case. A throwback and tribute to both The Bard and the monster movies of the 1960s, the book opens on a morosely giggly other-than-human creature, Grue, and his Greek chorus of crab friends. "It's a damn shame you broke yer bauble, sure.But dead cheerleaders will always nourish better than dead playwrits! Agreed?" says the lead crab. It turns out that Grue, a mutant critter with a taste for human flesh (apparently you can lure frisky teens with a six-pack), has been reading the plays of Shakespeare, tossed into the sea in soda bottles. He has, henceforth, adopted iambic pentameter as his chosen idiom, and sets out in search of the source. In the world above, Grue finds Giulietta, an agoraphobe whom Grue presumes to free, before finding out about her plight. Much chaos ensues, including a hot-blooded chase by the local police and the capture of Grue by those who would punish the sea monster for his sins. This is not your typical funny book, even compared to oddities likeFablesorSweet Tooth, but it is marvelously entertaining and a weird side-door entry into both Shakespeare and graphic literature.Be sure not to miss the coda, "An Invertebrate's Guide to Iambic Pentameter," in which our crabby hosts try to explain our hero's lingo, via the self-explanatory phrasing, "Ba-donk A-donk A-Donk A-donk A-donk!"

A funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure that gives a creature from the depths heart and soul as well as a happy ending.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765331113
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,455,963
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JONATHAN CASE writes and draws books in Portland, Oregon, as a member of Periscope Studio, the largest cooperative of comics creators in America. His work is featured in the Eisner award–winning Comic Book Tattoo, and has been lauded as some of the best show of new talent in comics. Dear Creature is Jonathan Case’s first book.

jonathancase.net

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Stunning black and white artwork, quirky and beautifully written

    Stunning black and white artwork, quirky and beautifully written story with elements of comedy, suspense, and romance. There is nothing else like this.

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