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Lio: Happiness Is a Squishy Cephalopod Paperback – August 1, 2007

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Book 1 of 5 in the Liō Series

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1st edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740768492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740768491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arthur C. Adams on August 29, 2007
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I discovered Lio not longer after the strip debuted, and it rapidly became one of my favorite, if not sole favorite, comic strips.

Its a little hard to explain what Lio is about. The title character is a small boy who is absolutely brilliant and utterly twisted -- you can easily imagine him growing up to be a mad scientist. His pets are the oft-seen giant squid and spider, and the less-seen dragon and extraordinarily arrogant cat (possibly the only character in the strip the Lio actually obeys.)

The imagination level of the strip is on a par with Calvin and Hobbes, and I honestly think Mark Tatulli, the strip's creator, may be the long-awaited heir to Bill Watterson's throne. Now, this isn't as "innocent" as C&H was -- there's no sweetness or sentimentality here. But its gone the same "I wish my childhood was like that" feel.

Its also important to note that its done with (practically) no dialogue. The lead characters (basically, Lio and his dad) never speak, and any other dialogue is only used when absolutely necessary. That alone speaks volumes to Tatulli's skill as a cartoonist.

And for fans of comic strip in general, the strip is a treat, because Lio occasionally gets "involved" with characters from other strips. This collection includes "visits" to Peanuts, Cathy, and Mary Worth (of all things) to name three off the top of my head. (Though unfortunately, the screamingly funny For Better or For Worse strip will presumably appear in the next collection.)

I can't recommend Lio highly enough. If your taste in comic strip runs towards The Family Circus and For Better or For Worse, its not for you. But if you like twisted comics, Lio is a must read. And you'll be able to brag you were a Lio fan before everyone else was.
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Mark Tatulli is a wonderfully talent cartoonist with a extremely wicked sense of humor. Lio is a silent strip, truly actions speak louder then words. After seeing his strips in my local paper, I couldn't wait to see what I missed out, the early days of the strip. Tatulli humor is very much in the same vein as Charles Addams and Gary Larson. I can't get enough of Lio and his creepy, and I do mean creepy, pals. If Addams and Larson tickle your funny bone, DON'T pass this up.
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By Jay D on October 19, 2015
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The comic LIO can best be described as Calvin and Hobbs meets the Far Side. The comics are for the most part hilarious, but every once and a while there is a little hidden message pertaining to things like treatment of animals or nature. I LOVE IT
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Currently a strip I search for. I'm glad to have the book, which keeps me from trying to locate elusive earlier strips when it first started. Lio is wonderful. There's a definite pattern developing, and the strip's consistancy keeps ebbing up. Drawn with a pen, (HEART OF THE CITY is brushwork) the linework is crisp clean and inventive.

Lio's Dad is semi clueless, often seen with a beer in his hand smoking and dressed in his underwear, wondering who let the zombie in the living room to watch TV? Better dailys involve some comic strip history, invoking regret and joy from strips gone by.

A little creepy crawly, things some parents will hate and their kids will love it.

Definitely a keeper.
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My kids poured over this books and kept running around the house to show their favorites to anyone who might listen to them, again and again. The maniacal laughter of the hero, and his dark interests are equally balanced by the love he has for that which is odd. It is sweet. A twisted sweetness, the best kind!
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I picked this up based on recommendations online, having only seen Lio once or twice previously. I was delighted. Tatulli definitely evokes Edward Gorey, Charles Aadams, and Gary Larsen (and yes, I agree, a touch of Bill Watterson) in this strip. It's an incredibly clever strip and frequently made me laugh out loud, which is quite a feat for a comic strip. The only criticism I have is that there is a variation on a theme for several gags (for lack of a better word) that get a little predictable, but are still enjoyable.

That said, there is still endless variation and cleverness here, and I fully recommend this as a satisfying, off-kilter, imaginative, fun, collection of strips of a quality so frequently lacking nowadays in comic strips. More Lio collections, please!
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I live in Canada, and I've only seen Lio comics in American newspapers. We're really missing out north of the border. They're by the same author who does "Heart of the City" and they're really funny. If you haven't read Lio you should check it out! It's pretty dark, but it's VERY funny!
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Lio is the heir apparent to Calvin and Hobbes; he seems a little strange when you first read his comics, but very engaging and a true lover of nature and all animals. Can't wait for the next Lio; meanwhile it is ready him in the comic pages!
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