Lio: Happiness Is a Squishy Cephalopod

Lio: Happiness Is a Squishy Cephalopod

by Mark Tatulli


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LIO is brilliant! In this post-Calvin and Hobbes and post-Far Side world, this is the brass ring for cool!" --Dallas Morning News

* LI O is a pantomime strip featuring a curious young boy whose daydreams embark from reality destined for the dark chasm where wit and sarcasm collide.

Drawn in the age-old style of pantomime strips, LIO offers a decidedly new and edgy twist to the wordless comic format. That's right, LIO is so crafty it doesn't need word balloons, dialogue boxes, or clever captions. Mark Tatulli's cartoon also employs a unique drawing style influenced by cartooning greats Gahan Wilson, Charles Addams, and 19th-century satirist A. J. Volck.

* In describing his strip, Tatulli explains he was eager "to bring something truly different to the comics pages . . . something to appeal to all ages, drawn in pictures only. To tell a story without text, while updating the pantomime concept with a modern audience in mind."

* The result is a mind-bendingly humorous and astute journey into the darkly detailed world of young LiO--where a spit wad can put a school bus out of commission faster than a spider can hamper the efforts of the U.S. Postal Service.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740768491
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Series: Lio Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 742,307
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

 Mark Tatulli, who was first known for his Heart of the City comic strip, took on Lio as an outlet for his dark and twisted humor. In addition to his cartooning experience, Tatulli is also an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and is the recipient of three Emmy awards for his television work. Mark currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, son, and two daughters. His children are the true joy of his life and the inspiration for much of his comic artwork.


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Lio: Happiness Is a Squishy Cephalopod 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Velvet-Moonlight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A genius blend of out-of-the-ordinary comic illustrations of a little boy who does not dream of cute and cuddly things like most other comic children, but the macabre and horrific, but in a sweet way.. if thats possible, but Mark Tatulli has proved it is.
thom001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not really a fan of comic strips. In fact, I usually don¿t even look at them in the daily newspaper, and the color Sunday comic section generally remains in the plastic bag of supplements that it comes in until it gets recycled with the rest of the week¿s newsprint.But a friend of mine at work showed me a couple strips of Li¿ a few months ago, and I¿ve been hooked ever since. Li¿: Happiness is a Squishy Cephalopod is the first collection of the mostly wordless strips in book form. An endearing little boy with a monster cowlick, Li¿ lives in a world where monsters surround him, a lobster becomes his house pet, and Death sends him notes asking to meet behind the school after class. Li¿ accepts his strange companions matter-of-factly, and he oftens finds great joy - expressed by a huge, toothy grin - in using his bizarre environment to outwit his bemused father or would-be school bullies.Some of the strips are mildly amusing, others make me laugh out loud, and a very few leave me scratching my head and wondering what I¿m missing. But overall, anyone with an offbeat, Far Side-style sense of humor will enjoy Mark Tatulli's adventures of this small boy beset by the bizarre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this in color?cuz' if it is, i cant buy it.i have a nook simple touch that doesnt haave color.thanks! P.S. please answer with a title of: HEY!!!!!heres an answer thanks again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fakieflip180 More than 1 year ago
This is the first collection of Lio comics out, and it is really good. Lio goes where other comics wont, and it is done very nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent comic strip!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tiger jay ur kits realy ned a a dad because they were asking me if i was their father and when i said no reed kit sighed and put a sd face
Anonymous More than 1 year ago