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review 2017-08-13 04:26
Lio: Making Friends by Mark Tatulli
Lio: Making Friends - Mark Tatulli

Genre:  Horror / Comedy / Fantasy / Animals

Year Published:  2013

Year Read: 6/8/2017

 

Series: Lio

 

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

 

Lio

What is this story about? 

Check out more adventures of Lio and his spooky friends in this graphic novel series as Lio gets into more hilarious and creepy situations such as sending a “thank you” note to the Grim Reaper, trying to attract the attention of his love interest, a girl who constantly beats him up, receiving a birthday cake that explodes on impact and taking Godzilla to Tokyo! 

What I loved about this story: 

After I had read the previous volume “There’s a Monster in my Socks,” I wanted to check out more of Mark Tatulli’s hilarious and creepy “Lio” series and I was certainly not disappointed with this installment! I loved the way that Mark Tatulli manages to weave both horror and comedy into this volume as I found myself laughing at some of the situations that Lio gets himself into, especially the “exploding birthday cake” scene which I found to be the funniest strip in this volume! Mark Tatulli’s artwork helps narrate the stories in this volume as this series does not have any text to narrate the stories and yet, the artwork itself tells the stories and bring out the punchlines of the dark jokes. I also loved the appearance of Lio himself as he has blank eyes and slick hair and he really stands out from the monster characters he is constantly hanging out with as he looks adorable while the monster characters look creepy and goofy.

Lio

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: 

A bit of a warning for anyone who does not like dark humor; this volume contains some punchlines that might be too dark for some readers to handle such as a child being eaten by a shark when Lio holds a bobbing for apples game and Lio’s toy bunny eating up a bully.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall, “Lio: Making Friends” is another fantastic read from Mark Tatulli’s legendary “Lio” series!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-01-22 00:02
Lio: There's a Monster in my Socks by Mark Tatulli
Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks - Mark Tatulli

Genre: Horror / Comedy / Fantasy / Animals


Year Published: 2012


Year Read: 12/10/2016

 

 

 

Series: Lio

 

 

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

 

 

Lio

Introduction:

Now, I have been reading newspaper comics for many years now with “Garfield” and “Peanuts” being my most read out of all the newspaper comics. So, imagine my surprise when I found out that there was a newspaper comic series called “Lio” that was created by Mark Tatulli and after reading my first “Lio” comic book which is called “Lio” There’s A Monster in my Socks,” I am definitely going to keep reading this series for a long time!

What is this story about?

In this graphic novel, we see the various hijinks that Lio and his father get into as Lio’s creepy nature causes a lot of humorous and creepy situations to arise such as giving out guns to hunters, only for the hunters to realize too late that the guns are fake and the animals start viciously mauling them and Lio owning several scary creatures as pets such as spiders, snakes, squids and dragons!

What I loved about this story:

Mark Tatulli’s writing: Even though there are barely any dialogue in this comic book, Mark Tatulli’s storytelling is highly creative and hilarious as the story cleverly integrates black comedy into the strips without going too dark with the punchlines and I enjoyed seeing various strips where Lio’s creepy nature is the highlight of the story, especially in the creative ways he deals with bullies who either picks on him or on someone who is smaller than the bullies. I also like the fact that Lio seems like a character straight out of Tim Burton’s works as he is a young boy who loves creepy things like spiders and world domination, but he is put into a world that treats his creepy obsessions as being humorous.

Mark Tatulli’s artwork: Mark Tatulli’s artwork really tells the story in this comic book and is hilarious and surprisingly cute at times, considering the black comedy that is prevalent throughout this comic. I like the fact that Lio is drawn as having a unique hairstyle where he has a small tuft of hair that sticks up in the front and has white blank eyes as it makes him look like a unique character. I also loved seeing the various monsters that Lio meets throughout the strips as we get to see Lio meet up with ghosts, dragons, the grim reaper and aliens and I loved the fact that they are drawn more realistically than the main characters of this comic strip as it helps set them apart from the humorous universe they are thrown in.

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

For anyone who does not like black comedy, this comic book has plenty of dark humor that might make some readers uncomfortable. There are moments in this comic book where the jokes can get pretty dark at times such as scenes of Lio trying to achieve world domination by implanting weapons inside toys and him feeding cute little animals like puppies to his pet snake.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Lio: There’s A Monster in my Socks” is an excellent read for anyone who loves comic books that has black comedy and quirky situations!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2014-06-11 16:58
Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters
Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters - Mark Tatulli

5 Stars buy it

 

Netgalley review- reading on iphone

 

I really wish Netgalley would make it more obvious when a book is not the first in the series. Not a big deal as I’ve discovered some awesome stuff this way but when you know you have limited time, knowing its a sequel help stop requesting books I don’t necessarily have time for.  In anycase, another issue more netgalley related than book related is that this is categorized as graphic novel. It really isn’t, it’s a story with illustrations. Huge difference.

 

First Impression: Starts of hysterically.  Really cute, what I hoped Diary of a Whimpy kid was but wasn’t. Hopefully that made sense.


Very cute story of a boy who of suffers the normalcies of school hell. So glad I’m not that age anymore.  Desmond, is the main character. After going through some school stuff he gets a scaring people business going. There is a bunch of scaring people. Lots of young teenager anxst but its all good and it even has a happy ending.  The illustrations are quite good and better than Diary of a Whimpy Kid. They actually look like they were drawn by an 11 year old though I’m sure they weren’t.  The plot is a little anxiety provoking as it recalls the horrors of school LOL. While this is the second in the series, you really don’t need to have read the first one to enjoy this.   Highly recommend- especially if you were dissapointed by Diary of a Whimpy Kid.

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review 2012-04-28 00:00
Lio's Astonishing Tales
Liō's Astonishing Tales: From the Haunted Crypt of Unknown Horrors - Mark Tatulli

A collection of comic strips.

 

Some made me laugh. But the lack of text didn't work so well for me. There were multiple times where I had no idea what the artist was trying to do and had to resort to the commentary [bleh].

 

Definitely my kind of humor though.

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