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Dear Creature Paperback – October 11, 2011
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About 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.
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This book would make a great gift. If the receiver of the gift likes the book, you will gain serious awesome points. If the receiver of the gift does not like the book, you can't stop wasting your time with that person.
The plot is a benign one: a man falls in love with a woman who sends off messages in a bottle. The twist, being, that he is actually a sea-monster who feasts on peoples' flesh, while she is locked away on a ship as a crazy person. Still, the bonds of love are stronger than anything, and the monster will stop at nothing to meet his lady love.
IT'S SHORT ONE OFF STORY MAKES IT THE PERFECT GIFT FOR SOMEONE NEW TO GRAPHIC NOVELS. You don't have to feel intimated by a lot of cannon or a long commitment. If you're trying to get someone hooked this is a great place to start.
The illustration is excellent. the plot if fun. Good humor.
Grue, oh dear Grue...I stumbled upon this book and was captivated by Jonathan Case's masterful story line and powerful black and white art work. Persistent in his quest, Grue won my heart...searching for his heart's desire between his undersea realm and the uncharted territory on land.
The plot may be thin, but the dialogue is sharp and the story moves along propulsively with humorous asides. The art is gorgeously chiaroscuro black & white, highly reminiscent of Scott Morse or perhaps a mashup of Kelley Jones and Charles Burns. (And if you don't know who any of those fine gentleman are: please stop reading for the moment, open a new browser tab, and go order some of their work from your preferred reseller of choice; I'll wait.)
I've not previously read of Jonathan Case's work, as either writer or artist, but I'm going to rectify that in short order. Dear Creature is a delightful, if odd, concoction that deserves a wide audience.
Disclosure: I was provided an electronic reader's copy of the book to review.
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This book is very, very funny, and it has amazing art. It's a surprising love story, which I didn't know when I started it.Read more