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Mark Tatulli’s “LIO” launches with 100+ clients

Mark Tatulli’s new feature, “LIO,” officially launches on Monday, and will debut in more than 100 newspapers. According to a press release by Universal Press, LIO’s client list will include Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver?s Rocky Mountain News, The St. Petersburg Times, Detroit Free Press and The Seattle Times. Because it is a wordless strip, he also is debuting in Bel De Morgen, a Brussel’s paper.

“Mark Tatulli knows how to deliver a punch line as well as anyone in this business, and in this strip he even delivers without words,” adds John Vivona, vice president of sales for Universal Press Syndicate. “The fact that there is no dialog and that everything is art-driven is exceptional. If there were ever a strip that knew no demographic boundaries, this is it.”

Tatulli is also the creator of “Heart of the City,” which is syndicated in about 100 newspapers nationwide.

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#1 Liz Smith
June/12/2006
@ 4:05 am

I just wanted to say I LOVE LIO How totally talented you are. In my local paper Kenosha News it replaced Boondocks, thank god. From reading a ton of political blah blah everyday how wonderfully refreshing to see a cartoon for what its intention is: TO BE FUNNY. Man i laugh out loud at everyone. Keep on rockin. Your new fan for life. Liz Smith

#2 Joy Schwabach
June/16/2006
@ 12:32 am

This is the best comic I’ve seen in years!
I wish the Chicago Tribune carried it. (I subscribe through uexpress.com’s my comics page.)
Love the artwork, love the imagination, love the humor.

#3 Joy Schwabach
June/15/2006
@ 6:32 pm

This is the best comic I’ve seen in years!
I wish the Chicago Tribune carried it. (I subscribe through uexpress.com’s my comics page.)
Love the artwork, love the imagination, love the humor.

#4 Iodine
June/16/2006
@ 4:13 am

I love the leo cartoon too. but my new favorite is ink pen.

#5 Iodine
June/15/2006
@ 10:13 pm

I love the leo cartoon too. but my new favorite is ink pen.

#6 Brenda Gadow
June/17/2006
@ 3:30 pm

Love “LIO” I haven’t looked forward to a comic strip since Far Side. Your humor is right up my alley. Keep up the good work!

#7 Brenda Gadow
June/17/2006
@ 9:30 am

Love “LIO” I haven’t looked forward to a comic strip since Far Side. Your humor is right up my alley. Keep up the good work!

#8 jeri gloss
June/26/2006
@ 5:45 pm

I fell in love with the first Lio ever published in my local paper – The Times of Trenton. Unfortunatley, it was a trial run – and I miss my daily fix.

Lio is the most delightful cartoon. It delivers a whopper of a message in the most gentle way. I want more!

Where can I get more Lio?

Blessings and Good Luck!
Jeri Gloss

#9 jeri gloss
June/26/2006
@ 11:45 am

I fell in love with the first Lio ever published in my local paper – The Times of Trenton. Unfortunatley, it was a trial run – and I miss my daily fix.

Lio is the most delightful cartoon. It delivers a whopper of a message in the most gentle way. I want more!

Where can I get more Lio?

Blessings and Good Luck!
Jeri Gloss

#10 Don Sheppard
July/13/2006
@ 2:51 pm

So glad our Gainesville Sun now carries Lio.
Great humor. Can’t get enough. Now I try to make up my own. Like:
1. Lio’s Dad watching TV.
2. Lio’s Dad asleep and snoring.
3. Lio sneaks in and puts box over TV.
4. Dad awakens, startled to see grotesque face.
or:
1. School room. Lio walking down isle carrying something. On bboard it says “show and tell”.
2. Lio in front facing class hand on knob of device that says ultra-sound.
3. Swarm of bats coming in top of open windows,
everyone, except Lio, running out like crazy.

Looking forward to much more of Lio.

#11 Don Sheppard
July/13/2006
@ 8:51 am

So glad our Gainesville Sun now carries Lio.
Great humor. Can’t get enough. Now I try to make up my own. Like:
1. Lio’s Dad watching TV.
2. Lio’s Dad asleep and snoring.
3. Lio sneaks in and puts box over TV.
4. Dad awakens, startled to see grotesque face.
or:
1. School room. Lio walking down isle carrying something. On bboard it says “show and tell”.
2. Lio in front facing class hand on knob of device that says ultra-sound.
3. Swarm of bats coming in top of open windows,
everyone, except Lio, running out like crazy.

Looking forward to much more of Lio.

#12 Jill
July/25/2006
@ 11:20 am

I have to disagree with Liz Smith. The Boondocks was one of the best strips in the Kenosha News.
I don’t find Lio funny at all.

#13 Jill
July/25/2006
@ 5:20 am

I have to disagree with Liz Smith. The Boondocks was one of the best strips in the Kenosha News.
I don’t find Lio funny at all.

#14 Rob
July/25/2006
@ 2:00 pm

Boondocks was too cliche.
Lio at least stretches the imagination and goes for a true laugh.

#15 Rob
July/25/2006
@ 8:00 am

Boondocks was too cliche.
Lio at least stretches the imagination and goes for a true laugh.

#16 mollie schilling
July/30/2006
@ 2:13 pm

We really enjoy Lio in the Atlanta paper. Would like to see Lio in a parody of Family Circus.
Keep up the good work.

Mollie

#17 mollie schilling
July/30/2006
@ 8:13 am

We really enjoy Lio in the Atlanta paper. Would like to see Lio in a parody of Family Circus.
Keep up the good work.

Mollie

#18 Mark T
July/31/2006
@ 3:58 am

Hey, thanks for the kudos, guys! I truly appreciate it because I’m getting a lot of flak these days from all kinds of folks who think my strip is a tad too evil for the comics pages.

Hey, Mollie, watch for the Sunday LIO for August 20th…I take a jab at all kinds of comics that day, including FAMILY CIRCUS. I just hope that everybody takes it as the homage I intended…but I expect to hear some angry noise. You just can’t do anything humorous without offending somebody, am I right? I just hope that LIO can hold up under the onslaught that has become an everyday thing now. It’s always tough bringing something new to the comics pages, but I continue to learn each day and I always appreciate kind comments!

Thanks again!

MT

#19 Mark T
July/30/2006
@ 9:58 pm

Hey, thanks for the kudos, guys! I truly appreciate it because I’m getting a lot of flak these days from all kinds of folks who think my strip is a tad too evil for the comics pages.

Hey, Mollie, watch for the Sunday LIO for August 20th…I take a jab at all kinds of comics that day, including FAMILY CIRCUS. I just hope that everybody takes it as the homage I intended…but I expect to hear some angry noise. You just can’t do anything humorous without offending somebody, am I right? I just hope that LIO can hold up under the onslaught that has become an everyday thing now. It’s always tough bringing something new to the comics pages, but I continue to learn each day and I always appreciate kind comments!

Thanks again!

MT

#20 Brian Powers
July/31/2006
@ 5:45 pm

LIO is a breath of fresh air on the comics page in my opinion. Nice to see editors try something different.

#21 Brian Powers
July/31/2006
@ 11:45 am

LIO is a breath of fresh air on the comics page in my opinion. Nice to see editors try something different.

#22 Norman Feuti
August/1/2006
@ 12:45 am

Lio isn’t a “for everybody” strip … which is what makes it so good. There are too many safe, watered-down strips in the paper.

Lio stands out on the comics page. It’s good stuff.

#23 Norman Feuti
July/31/2006
@ 6:45 pm

Lio isn’t a “for everybody” strip … which is what makes it so good. There are too many safe, watered-down strips in the paper.

Lio stands out on the comics page. It’s good stuff.

#24 Doug Lozel
August/1/2006
@ 8:09 pm

Lio is the first comic strip I look at each morning. He puts a smile on my face. Keep up the great work.

#25 Doug Lozel
August/1/2006
@ 2:09 pm

Lio is the first comic strip I look at each morning. He puts a smile on my face. Keep up the great work.

#26 Joan Demer
August/2/2006
@ 12:49 pm

Love it, Love it, Love it! I can hardly wait each morning until my AJC arrives and I head straight to the LIO strip. It is so totally clever! The drawings, needing absolutely no dialog balloons, are excellent!

#27 Joan Demer
August/2/2006
@ 6:49 am

Love it, Love it, Love it! I can hardly wait each morning until my AJC arrives and I head straight to the LIO strip. It is so totally clever! The drawings, needing absolutely no dialog balloons, are excellent!

#28 Denny
August/2/2006
@ 5:31 pm

Joan, I read it in the AJC every morning too. Right after my other new favorite: Ink Pen.

#29 Denny
August/2/2006
@ 11:31 am

Joan, I read it in the AJC every morning too. Right after my other new favorite: Ink Pen.

#30 Wyl Carter Jr
August/4/2006
@ 2:31 pm

Lio is a fantastic comic. You can’t help but love this comic. For example, my friend is a hardcore zombie movie fan and the comic from August 3rd was perfect. Check it out…I haven’t really enjoy a newspaper comic this much since Calvin & Hobbes was a regular in the paper.

#31 Wyl Carter Jr
August/4/2006
@ 8:31 am

Lio is a fantastic comic. You can’t help but love this comic. For example, my friend is a hardcore zombie movie fan and the comic from August 3rd was perfect. Check it out…I haven’t really enjoy a newspaper comic this much since Calvin & Hobbes was a regular in the paper.

#32 Taejin
August/10/2006
@ 3:45 pm

Several times, Lio messes with nuclear bombs going off. I think that is perverted and sick considering the thousands that died in Japan. Lio lacks humor. What is funny about a nuclear bomb? Nothing.

#33 Taejin
August/10/2006
@ 9:45 am

Several times, Lio messes with nuclear bombs going off. I think that is perverted and sick considering the thousands that died in Japan. Lio lacks humor. What is funny about a nuclear bomb? Nothing.

#34 Brian Powers
August/10/2006
@ 6:00 pm

Lio is like the Addams family – very dark humor. He is the kid that grows up to be Lex Luthor. He will probably destroy the world one day. I haven’t noticed a 666 anywhere but I will look more closely now.

#35 Brian Powers
August/10/2006
@ 12:00 pm

Lio is like the Addams family – very dark humor. He is the kid that grows up to be Lex Luthor. He will probably destroy the world one day. I haven’t noticed a 666 anywhere but I will look more closely now.

#36 mollie's dad
August/20/2006
@ 8:44 pm

Thank you for responding to Mollie’s comment. She is my eight year-old daughter, who shows talent for and interest in becoming a cartoonist. I typed her comments in the July 30th e-mail, but the idea of using Family Circus (and of contacting you) was hers. She had noticed the diametrically opposite characters of Lio and Billy/Jeffy – perfect for a parody.
Last week Scott Stantis ran some interesting Pearls Before Swine with a similar premise.

Excellent work, Mark

#37 mollie's dad
August/20/2006
@ 2:44 pm

Thank you for responding to Mollie’s comment. She is my eight year-old daughter, who shows talent for and interest in becoming a cartoonist. I typed her comments in the July 30th e-mail, but the idea of using Family Circus (and of contacting you) was hers. She had noticed the diametrically opposite characters of Lio and Billy/Jeffy – perfect for a parody.
Last week Scott Stantis ran some interesting Pearls Before Swine with a similar premise.

Excellent work, Mark

#38 matt
August/21/2006
@ 4:17 pm

Don’t let critics get you down Mark, I thought your parody of the other strips was hilarious especially the family circus part. Lio is one of the few comics that makes me laugh out loud, which is no small feat early in the morning. Don’t ever cut back on the dark aspect of the comic. Yes it makes it conroversial but its also what makes Lio unique. Keep up the great work and I’m looking forward to buying the firt Lio book.

#39 matt
August/21/2006
@ 10:17 am

Don’t let critics get you down Mark, I thought your parody of the other strips was hilarious especially the family circus part. Lio is one of the few comics that makes me laugh out loud, which is no small feat early in the morning. Don’t ever cut back on the dark aspect of the comic. Yes it makes it conroversial but its also what makes Lio unique. Keep up the great work and I’m looking forward to buying the firt Lio book.

#40 CC Capps
August/29/2006
@ 4:30 pm

LIO is awesome! I love it absolutely love it…..I’m tired of cartoons being so politically correct that they’ve turned extremely boring. LIO is the best. It’s the one cartoon I look forward to reading. It’s simple, hilarious and completely original. Keep up the good work! I hope The Dallas Morning News runs it again….it has become my favorite by far! I love that LIO isn’t afraid of zombies and monsters but fears the little girl….hilarious…VOTE FOR LIO!!!!!

#41 CC Capps
August/29/2006
@ 10:30 am

LIO is awesome! I love it absolutely love it…..I’m tired of cartoons being so politically correct that they’ve turned extremely boring. LIO is the best. It’s the one cartoon I look forward to reading. It’s simple, hilarious and completely original. Keep up the good work! I hope The Dallas Morning News runs it again….it has become my favorite by far! I love that LIO isn’t afraid of zombies and monsters but fears the little girl….hilarious…VOTE FOR LIO!!!!!

#42 jessica
September/6/2006
@ 4:32 am

i adore lio! he came to the paper where my parents live and where i spent the summer. they now send me strips at school! my favorites that they have sent me are the 20000 leagues under the sea one and the one where lio’s dad read him the book and he had to hold his dragon. thank you for drawing the little guy, he makes my day!

#43 jessica
September/5/2006
@ 10:32 pm

i adore lio! he came to the paper where my parents live and where i spent the summer. they now send me strips at school! my favorites that they have sent me are the 20000 leagues under the sea one and the one where lio’s dad read him the book and he had to hold his dragon. thank you for drawing the little guy, he makes my day!

#44 J. Bogardus
September/23/2006
@ 2:22 pm

I clipped the Lio comic strip from the St. Petersburg Times for one month to send to my daughter-in-law in New York. She and I really enjoy your great imagination. She keeps asking for the next installment.

#45 J. Bogardus
September/23/2006
@ 8:22 am

I clipped the Lio comic strip from the St. Petersburg Times for one month to send to my daughter-in-law in New York. She and I really enjoy your great imagination. She keeps asking for the next installment.

#46 mollie's dad
October/21/2006
@ 10:05 pm

Poor Billie. Good job, Lio. (10-20-06)
Seemed like Mark had tamed you down a bit over the past month. Tell us it’s not so.

#47 mollie's dad
October/21/2006
@ 4:05 pm

Poor Billie. Good job, Lio. (10-20-06)
Seemed like Mark had tamed you down a bit over the past month. Tell us it’s not so.

#48 Nicole Syrlik
November/4/2006
@ 6:50 pm

Mark

I hope you are still reading these comments. I can’t tell you how much I love Lio. It is so sweet and so innocent in such a wierd way. Lio has all this wierdness, but it is clear that he thinks it is the most normal thing in world. Your strip if full of love and heart and it actually makes me feel warm and mushy inside.

Thank you for my daily chuckle and smile.

#49 Nicole Syrlik
November/4/2006
@ 11:50 am

Mark

I hope you are still reading these comments. I can’t tell you how much I love Lio. It is so sweet and so innocent in such a wierd way. Lio has all this wierdness, but it is clear that he thinks it is the most normal thing in world. Your strip if full of love and heart and it actually makes me feel warm and mushy inside.

Thank you for my daily chuckle and smile.

#50 Charlie McCarthy
November/12/2006
@ 4:05 pm

Lió on 11/12/2006

Tatulli’s imagination and ability to strike to the heart of the matter is astounding.

Today’s comment on differences and rejection because of them can even produce a Godzilla! Fantastic!

Keep ’em comming.

#51 Charlie McCarthy
November/12/2006
@ 9:05 am

Lió on 11/12/2006

Tatulli’s imagination and ability to strike to the heart of the matter is astounding.

Today’s comment on differences and rejection because of them can even produce a Godzilla! Fantastic!

Keep ’em comming.

#52 sean hickey
November/15/2006
@ 9:34 pm

Hey
GREAT comic! Hope that it get’s into the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer… Nice to get some local ‘love’… Hope the Inky picks up Frazz! as well which is another great strip… Seems like all the comics they publish right now have their cartoonists “on vacation until…” That’s just not right! Keep up the good work ‘Philly guy’ (even if you are from South Jersey… : )
Best,
Sean

#53 sean hickey
November/15/2006
@ 2:34 pm

Hey
GREAT comic! Hope that it get’s into the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer… Nice to get some local ‘love’… Hope the Inky picks up Frazz! as well which is another great strip… Seems like all the comics they publish right now have their cartoonists “on vacation until…” That’s just not right! Keep up the good work ‘Philly guy’ (even if you are from South Jersey… : )
Best,
Sean

#54 Carol DeCanio
December/22/2006
@ 5:32 pm

Just love seeing (unique) creativity front and center, everyday! It makes me see more than what I think I know. Bet you’d like Everything Be Ok by Neal Crosbie.

#55 Carol DeCanio
December/22/2006
@ 10:32 am

Just love seeing (unique) creativity front and center, everyday! It makes me see more than what I think I know. Bet you’d like Everything Be Ok by Neal Crosbie.

#56 Dicea
December/28/2006
@ 12:02 am

Ever since I moved away from home thirteen years ago, my father has pulled out and set aside the funny page of our hometown newspaper for me to collect when I come to visit.

I’ve just finished reading the funnies from May 1, 2006 until today. A few papers into the pile, I looked at Dad and said, “So, who is this ‘Lio’ kid?” He told me to keep reading.

Hooray for Lio! Thank you, Mr. Tatulli for writing and sharing scenes from a slightly stranger world. I can’t wait until I get to sit down with another big pile of papers so I can binge on Lio again.

#57 Dicea
December/27/2006
@ 5:02 pm

Ever since I moved away from home thirteen years ago, my father has pulled out and set aside the funny page of our hometown newspaper for me to collect when I come to visit.

I’ve just finished reading the funnies from May 1, 2006 until today. A few papers into the pile, I looked at Dad and said, “So, who is this ‘Lio’ kid?” He told me to keep reading.

Hooray for Lio! Thank you, Mr. Tatulli for writing and sharing scenes from a slightly stranger world. I can’t wait until I get to sit down with another big pile of papers so I can binge on Lio again.

#58 Mark T
December/28/2006
@ 3:43 pm

This is the kind of story I love to hear! Thank you, Dicea! You made my day!

#59 Mark T
December/28/2006
@ 8:43 am

This is the kind of story I love to hear! Thank you, Dicea! You made my day!

#60 Jennifer
January/12/2007
@ 4:41 pm

I LOVE LIO! Thank you for creating a comic I look forward to reading every morning. You definately have a fan for life here!

#61 Jennifer
January/12/2007
@ 9:41 am

I LOVE LIO! Thank you for creating a comic I look forward to reading every morning. You definately have a fan for life here!

#62 Katie
January/14/2007
@ 2:14 am

One of my favorite cartoons. Lio is ADORABLE and weird and so funny.

#63 Katie
January/13/2007
@ 7:14 pm

One of my favorite cartoons. Lio is ADORABLE and weird and so funny.

#64 rebecca
January/15/2007
@ 1:40 am

Lio is my alter ego to a T! Love him!
Thanks especially for the recent strip with Lio flicking a cigarette butt back in the face of the idiot who tossed it out of his car onto the street. It’s my biggest pet peeve–and Lio got to do what I imagine doing every time I see someone doing the same thing. Lio ROCKS!

#65 rebecca
January/14/2007
@ 6:40 pm

Lio is my alter ego to a T! Love him!
Thanks especially for the recent strip with Lio flicking a cigarette butt back in the face of the idiot who tossed it out of his car onto the street. It’s my biggest pet peeve–and Lio got to do what I imagine doing every time I see someone doing the same thing. Lio ROCKS!

#66 markt
January/16/2007
@ 4:27 am

You’re all too kind! And I must say, I’m especially glad to see female readers who like Lio. I kinda was thinking it was a boy’s comic, so I’m pleasantly surprised. Thanks for your vote of confidence!

#67 markt
January/15/2007
@ 9:27 pm

You’re all too kind! And I must say, I’m especially glad to see female readers who like Lio. I kinda was thinking it was a boy’s comic, so I’m pleasantly surprised. Thanks for your vote of confidence!

#68 Eric Toft
January/23/2007
@ 2:12 pm

Finally- a refreshing funny cartoon with a daily laugh. This rivals gary Larson-Mark you are a funny toonist.

#69 Eric Toft
January/23/2007
@ 7:12 am

Finally- a refreshing funny cartoon with a daily laugh. This rivals gary Larson-Mark you are a funny toonist.

#70 Hank The Hoser
February/2/2007
@ 5:59 pm

This is the best comic to hit the streets since Calvin & Hobbs. Terrifically Funny!

#71 Hank The Hoser
February/2/2007
@ 10:59 am

This is the best comic to hit the streets since Calvin & Hobbs. Terrifically Funny!

#72 Stephanie
February/3/2007
@ 6:06 pm

This is my new favorite comic! Haven’t checked the comics page daily since Robotman fled the planet. Thanks!

#73 Stephanie
February/3/2007
@ 11:06 am

This is my new favorite comic! Haven’t checked the comics page daily since Robotman fled the planet. Thanks!

#74 Eddie
February/9/2007
@ 4:22 pm

I really enjoy reading Lio on a daily basis. Are there any books out on Lio yet, and if not do you have plans to publish one?

#75 Eddie
February/9/2007
@ 9:22 am

I really enjoy reading Lio on a daily basis. Are there any books out on Lio yet, and if not do you have plans to publish one?

#76 markt
February/10/2007
@ 5:18 pm

Hi, Eddie. I’m working on the cover to my first LIO book now. Should be available by the end of summer or beginning of fall. Thanks for your support!

#77 markt
February/10/2007
@ 10:18 am

Hi, Eddie. I’m working on the cover to my first LIO book now. Should be available by the end of summer or beginning of fall. Thanks for your support!

#78 nicholas
February/14/2007
@ 6:34 pm

Dear Mark Tatulli,
My wife and I enjoy Lio very much. Would the original art work be available for purchase?

#79 nicholas
February/14/2007
@ 11:34 am

Dear Mark Tatulli,
My wife and I enjoy Lio very much. Would the original art work be available for purchase?

#80 Katie
February/14/2007
@ 10:52 pm

Finally found a place to e-mail you that I love your comic strip–No words to read early in the morning, but great for an early morning smile with a cup of coffee…great way to begin the day. Thanks! Katie in Connecticut

#81 Katie
February/14/2007
@ 3:52 pm

Finally found a place to e-mail you that I love your comic strip–No words to read early in the morning, but great for an early morning smile with a cup of coffee…great way to begin the day. Thanks! Katie in Connecticut

#82 tom
February/14/2007
@ 5:55 pm

Mark, I learned how to read with the comics so I think im a good judge of them. The fact that yours is the the one that my sons and I love is proof! Did anyone else notice that todays strip,2/14/07, had 5 panels? Keep up the good work and since I live in San Diego, I have to get back to voting for you as our new comic in the San Diego union I can cancel the LATimes

#83 markt
February/15/2007
@ 4:31 am

Thanks, Tom, Katie, and Nicholas! Always nice to hear positive feedback!

Sorry, Nicholas, I’m not currently selling original artwork. Doing two comics takes up a lot of my time and I’m not in a position yet where I can put much effort in running a side business. But maybe someday if people are interested!

#84 markt
February/14/2007
@ 9:31 pm

Thanks, Tom, Katie, and Nicholas! Always nice to hear positive feedback!

Sorry, Nicholas, I’m not currently selling original artwork. Doing two comics takes up a lot of my time and I’m not in a position yet where I can put much effort in running a side business. But maybe someday if people are interested!

#85 Wendy R
February/16/2007
@ 2:23 am

I LOVE LIO!!! Finally a strip with the humor of The Far Side, the imagination of Calvin & Hobbes, but as quiet as Ferd’nand!! Three strips in one, LOVE it!!

#86 Wendy R
February/15/2007
@ 7:23 pm

I LOVE LIO!!! Finally a strip with the humor of The Far Side, the imagination of Calvin & Hobbes, but as quiet as Ferd’nand!! Three strips in one, LOVE it!!

#87 Rob
February/19/2007
@ 5:36 am

Lio is awesome, plain and simple. Like everyone else says on this board, imaginative and unique. I especially like the dark humor in contrast to all the other watered down and sweet daily comics. I actually do LAUGH when I read Lio. It is fantastic.
I am going to order printed books as soon as possible.

People who don’t like Lio have a very bad imagination a closed mind and don’t know how to have fun. They only want their daily dose of “Garfield” eating pasta, or “Dagwood” eating a sandwich that is a little big bigger than yesterday. Don’t they realize every stinking strip is the same thing except tweaked a tad every day?

Awesome comic though, just AWESOME.

#88 Rob
February/18/2007
@ 10:36 pm

Lio is awesome, plain and simple. Like everyone else says on this board, imaginative and unique. I especially like the dark humor in contrast to all the other watered down and sweet daily comics. I actually do LAUGH when I read Lio. It is fantastic.
I am going to order printed books as soon as possible.

People who don’t like Lio have a very bad imagination a closed mind and don’t know how to have fun. They only want their daily dose of “Garfield” eating pasta, or “Dagwood” eating a sandwich that is a little big bigger than yesterday. Don’t they realize every stinking strip is the same thing except tweaked a tad every day?

Awesome comic though, just AWESOME.

#89 Chuck Bondra
February/19/2007
@ 7:16 pm

Hi Mark:

I am a big fan of “Lio,” which recently started running in the (Columbia, MO) “Missourian”).

My wife and I are unable to “get” the one that ran on Friday, February 16, 2007. That was the one about the baloons. I hate to be so clueless, but would you mind explaining it?

Thanks,

Chuck

#90 Chuck Bondra
February/19/2007
@ 12:16 pm

Hi Mark:

I am a big fan of “Lio,” which recently started running in the (Columbia, MO) “Missourian”).

My wife and I are unable to “get” the one that ran on Friday, February 16, 2007. That was the one about the baloons. I hate to be so clueless, but would you mind explaining it?

Thanks,

Chuck

#91 markt
February/20/2007
@ 1:13 am

Hi, Chuck…

Glad to hear you like LIO!

re: the 2/16 strip – Sometimes LIO does things even I don’t understand. I was hoping you could explain it.

#92 markt
February/19/2007
@ 6:13 pm

Hi, Chuck…

Glad to hear you like LIO!

re: the 2/16 strip – Sometimes LIO does things even I don’t understand. I was hoping you could explain it.

#93 Rachel
February/24/2007
@ 7:15 pm

Lio is taking a trial run in the San Diego Union Tribune right now, and I adore it. I really hope enough people like it, so that it gets chosen as the new daily comic… Thanks for this amazing comic, Mr. Tatulli!

#94 Rachel
February/24/2007
@ 12:15 pm

Lio is taking a trial run in the San Diego Union Tribune right now, and I adore it. I really hope enough people like it, so that it gets chosen as the new daily comic… Thanks for this amazing comic, Mr. Tatulli!

#95 AJ
February/24/2007
@ 10:12 pm

Rob said…

“People who donâ??t like Lio have a very bad imagination a closed mind and donâ??t know how to have fun.”

Wow, it must be great to be the be-all and end-all of taste.

#96 AJ
February/24/2007
@ 3:12 pm

Rob said…

“People who donâ??t like Lio have a very bad imagination a closed mind and donâ??t know how to have fun.”

Wow, it must be great to be the be-all and end-all of taste.

#97 Brennamom
February/28/2007
@ 7:28 pm

Looking forward to the book and future strip sales!! LOVE Lio and follow religiously.
PS to Rob and AJ: Is that really necessary? Just take what you need and drop the rest…Lio does!

#98 Brennamom
February/28/2007
@ 12:28 pm

Looking forward to the book and future strip sales!! LOVE Lio and follow religiously.
PS to Rob and AJ: Is that really necessary? Just take what you need and drop the rest…Lio does!

#99 Chris Olsen
March/3/2007
@ 8:34 pm

My folks pointed Lio out to me, and it struck a chord. A couple weeks before:
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g209/phuphuphnik/DSCN01701.jpg

#100 Chris Olsen
March/3/2007
@ 1:34 pm

My folks pointed Lio out to me, and it struck a chord. A couple weeks before:
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g209/phuphuphnik/DSCN01701.jpg

#101 Noah
March/9/2007
@ 7:47 pm

Lio came on board with the Chicago Tribune when Candorville, Prickly City, and most sadly FoxTrot was dropped from the weekly lineup. Now I have never liked a single one of what I call the Tribune’s “replacement comics”. They never added up to the brilliance of what came before (witness Prickly City replacing Boondocks) and they only make me even less enthusiastic about picking up my once-beloved comics page.

So, I’ll admit, I didn’t even pay attention to Lio at first, that is until the strip commemorating the great retired comics of yester-year. Coming as Lio did as one of the replacements for FoxTrot, I felt that such a mark of respect ought to garner new attention.

Well, I’ve been paying attention, and Mark, I really think you’ve got what it takes to make Lio into a new “great one”. I was prompted to actually come and find a page like this after the 3/9 comic with the “Plethora O’ Plankton” store. Making the “punchline” encumbent on an already absurd, and so nonchalantly presented, premise reminded me so much of what I’ve dearly missed in the Far Side all these years.

Sorry if this was long, but I couldn’t find anywhere else to send fan mail (or email). So all the best Mark. Keep Lio coming for as long as you can. We want to see more!

#102 Noah
March/9/2007
@ 12:47 pm

Lio came on board with the Chicago Tribune when Candorville, Prickly City, and most sadly FoxTrot was dropped from the weekly lineup. Now I have never liked a single one of what I call the Tribune’s “replacement comics”. They never added up to the brilliance of what came before (witness Prickly City replacing Boondocks) and they only make me even less enthusiastic about picking up my once-beloved comics page.

So, I’ll admit, I didn’t even pay attention to Lio at first, that is until the strip commemorating the great retired comics of yester-year. Coming as Lio did as one of the replacements for FoxTrot, I felt that such a mark of respect ought to garner new attention.

Well, I’ve been paying attention, and Mark, I really think you’ve got what it takes to make Lio into a new “great one”. I was prompted to actually come and find a page like this after the 3/9 comic with the “Plethora O’ Plankton” store. Making the “punchline” encumbent on an already absurd, and so nonchalantly presented, premise reminded me so much of what I’ve dearly missed in the Far Side all these years.

Sorry if this was long, but I couldn’t find anywhere else to send fan mail (or email). So all the best Mark. Keep Lio coming for as long as you can. We want to see more!

#103 Chels
March/11/2007
@ 2:17 pm

Lio is absolutly brilliant. I can easily laugh at the twisted humor that I myself have.I look forward to seeing what crafty actions Lio will take to freak someone out. But you need to go ahead and start doing t-shirts and posters celebrating this wonderful cartoon. I’ll be looking forward to the next one until then.

#104 Chels
March/11/2007
@ 7:17 am

Lio is absolutly brilliant. I can easily laugh at the twisted humor that I myself have.I look forward to seeing what crafty actions Lio will take to freak someone out. But you need to go ahead and start doing t-shirts and posters celebrating this wonderful cartoon. I’ll be looking forward to the next one until then.

#105 Riley Freeman
March/12/2007
@ 2:49 pm

Lio is weak and the Boondocks was the illest comic strip that maybe your minds just couldn’t handle or didn’t want to take in cause you got no care or respect for the state of the nation… And Santa betta bring me that PS3 for Christmas (with some ICE!!!!).

#106 Brian Powers
March/20/2007
@ 9:52 am

Mark,
In the March 20th strip, you drew Lio’s eyes differently so that you could get the effect of him looking away as he released the scorpion. Was that a hard decision to make – Changing the eyes of your character? I don’t think I’ve noticed you changing them before. In my own work, I try to be consistent with the look of each character. I was just wondering your thoughts on changing the look to get a certain effect. Is this okay – do you try to avoid it most of the time?
Thanks,
Brian Powers

#107 Brian Powers
March/20/2007
@ 3:52 pm

Mark,
In the March 20th strip, you drew Lio’s eyes differently so that you could get the effect of him looking away as he released the scorpion. Was that a hard decision to make – Changing the eyes of your character? I don’t think I’ve noticed you changing them before. In my own work, I try to be consistent with the look of each character. I was just wondering your thoughts on changing the look to get a certain effect. Is this okay – do you try to avoid it most of the time?
Thanks,
Brian Powers

#108 Simone Macneil
March/25/2007
@ 4:53 pm

i hope this is a website you actually look at, so here it goes…i just wanted to say that i love your work! it is fresh, new, different, and the most odd stuff i’ve ever seen. u really have the most imaginitive mind! thnx for doing what you do-i’m always so excited to see what wacky idea u have everyday. : )

#109 Simone Macneil
March/25/2007
@ 10:53 am

i hope this is a website you actually look at, so here it goes…i just wanted to say that i love your work! it is fresh, new, different, and the most odd stuff i’ve ever seen. u really have the most imaginitive mind! thnx for doing what you do-i’m always so excited to see what wacky idea u have everyday. : )

#110 themadblonde
March/29/2007
@ 5:02 pm

Like everyone else, I’m hoping Mr T reads this occasionally because I REALLY want to thank him for Lio. It’s been years since anything in the comics has delighted me as much as this strip. The imagination & dark humour, the twisted-yet-balanced sense of justice, & the willingness to see things through the eyes of a child (most of whom, in MY experience are NOT all sweetness & light) is quite remarkable. To me it’s like the best of Mr. Watterson’s stuff blended with the best of Gahan Wilson- absolute alt-brilliance. PLEASE keep up the good work. I can’t WAIT for the first book collection!!

#111 themadblonde
March/29/2007
@ 11:02 am

Like everyone else, I’m hoping Mr T reads this occasionally because I REALLY want to thank him for Lio. It’s been years since anything in the comics has delighted me as much as this strip. The imagination & dark humour, the twisted-yet-balanced sense of justice, & the willingness to see things through the eyes of a child (most of whom, in MY experience are NOT all sweetness & light) is quite remarkable. To me it’s like the best of Mr. Watterson’s stuff blended with the best of Gahan Wilson- absolute alt-brilliance. PLEASE keep up the good work. I can’t WAIT for the first book collection!!

#112 Wendy
April/12/2007
@ 4:58 pm

I love this cartoon! I read it in the Palm Beach Post everyday. I actually go to the comics page first to read Lio – love that wacky stuff! I can’t wait for the Family Circus parody – I can’t stand that Family Circus – never funny – just creepy! Keep up the good work Mark! Love ya!

#113 Wendy
April/12/2007
@ 10:58 am

I love this cartoon! I read it in the Palm Beach Post everyday. I actually go to the comics page first to read Lio – love that wacky stuff! I can’t wait for the Family Circus parody – I can’t stand that Family Circus – never funny – just creepy! Keep up the good work Mark! Love ya!

#114 Andrew
April/13/2007
@ 12:43 pm

Sign me up for the first book, as well. Lio runs the gamut from making my sides split to making me crack the slightest smile as I’m reminded of feelings I had when I was a young boy.

It’s true, some people just don’t get it. Lio’s the comic strip for kids that grew up not following the crowd.

#115 Andrew
April/13/2007
@ 6:43 am

Sign me up for the first book, as well. Lio runs the gamut from making my sides split to making me crack the slightest smile as I’m reminded of feelings I had when I was a young boy.

It’s true, some people just don’t get it. Lio’s the comic strip for kids that grew up not following the crowd.

#116 Patrick
April/19/2007
@ 3:51 pm

LIO is the funniest comic since calvin and hobbs. I have to read him at gocomics.com since i moved and the crumby paper here doesnt have LIO. I am really excited to hear that you are coming out with a book, and i think it will make a great addition to my calvin and hobbs and farside collection.

#117 Patrick
April/19/2007
@ 9:51 am

LIO is the funniest comic since calvin and hobbs. I have to read him at gocomics.com since i moved and the crumby paper here doesnt have LIO. I am really excited to hear that you are coming out with a book, and i think it will make a great addition to my calvin and hobbs and farside collection.

#118 Amin D. Rainmaker
April/25/2007
@ 9:39 pm

Omigosh! Forth is riding LIO’s collection! Yestereve I found that it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon; Lio: Happiness is a squishy cephalopod. At last something to look forward to after many dead productions. Anyways, just thought I’d let you know. Just a little more..!

PS. Mr. T.: No more heart of the city collections as well? How come? *sobs*

#119 Amin D. Rainmaker
April/25/2007
@ 3:39 pm

Omigosh! Forth is riding LIO’s collection! Yestereve I found that it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon; Lio: Happiness is a squishy cephalopod. At last something to look forward to after many dead productions. Anyways, just thought I’d let you know. Just a little more..!

PS. Mr. T.: No more heart of the city collections as well? How come? *sobs*

#120 David Hardy
May/1/2007
@ 11:52 am

LIO is simply the best comic strip ever. And I’m a 62 year old curmudgeon saying this.

#121 David Hardy
May/1/2007
@ 5:52 am

LIO is simply the best comic strip ever. And I’m a 62 year old curmudgeon saying this.

#122 Patrick McCarran
May/6/2007
@ 2:19 am

GREAT original and slighlty twisted i LOVE it.

#123 Patrick McCarran
May/5/2007
@ 8:19 pm

GREAT original and slighlty twisted i LOVE it.

#124 Sharon Walls
May/26/2007
@ 7:07 pm

Do you make a desk calendar?

#125 Sharon Walls
May/26/2007
@ 1:07 pm

Do you make a desk calendar?

#126 rebecca
June/10/2007
@ 12:25 pm

LOVED this morning’s Jack and the Beanstalk strip.
Perfectly “stated” commentary on the disgusting rate of development. Wish I had my own axe!

#127 rebecca
June/10/2007
@ 6:25 am

LOVED this morning’s Jack and the Beanstalk strip.
Perfectly “stated” commentary on the disgusting rate of development. Wish I had my own axe!

#128 markt
June/12/2007
@ 12:34 am

Hey, thanks, Rebecca! Glad you liked the “beanstalk” gag. I was never happy with how the beanstalk and building illustrations came out, but I guess the thought was conveyed.

Hey, Sharon…yes, a desktop calendar is coming, but not until 2009. Until then, the books will be the only thing in print. The first is available now for pre-order on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Lio-Happiness-Cephalopod-Mark-Tatulli/dp/0740768492/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7816653-6691246?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181608415&sr=8-1

Thanks again for all your support for LIO!

MT

#129 markt
June/11/2007
@ 6:34 pm

Hey, thanks, Rebecca! Glad you liked the “beanstalk” gag. I was never happy with how the beanstalk and building illustrations came out, but I guess the thought was conveyed.

Hey, Sharon…yes, a desktop calendar is coming, but not until 2009. Until then, the books will be the only thing in print. The first is available now for pre-order on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Lio-Happiness-Cephalopod-Mark-Tatulli/dp/0740768492/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7816653-6691246?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181608415&sr=8-1

Thanks again for all your support for LIO!

MT

#130 Christian
June/25/2007
@ 12:30 pm

Best comic ever, i collect them ,they are so good, so i could look at them while i get older.I have looked at each comic ever since Lio came out.Great job MarkT

#131 Christian
June/25/2007
@ 6:30 am

Best comic ever, i collect them ,they are so good, so i could look at them while i get older.I have looked at each comic ever since Lio came out.Great job MarkT

#132 Irmgard Collins
July/17/2007
@ 5:33 pm

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy Lio every day in The Dallas Morning News. Lio is the first item I look up after I get the paper. I am amazed at your talent!

#133 Irmgard Collins
July/17/2007
@ 11:33 am

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy Lio every day in The Dallas Morning News. Lio is the first item I look up after I get the paper. I am amazed at your talent!

#134 Kindra
July/21/2007
@ 6:03 pm

Another big fan here! Lio is an absolute delight to see every day and it’s the first thing I look for in my newspaper. The dark comedy is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I even clip each strip out and send them to my nephews every week (since their paper doesn’t have it) and they get such a kick out of Lio’s antics. Thank you for making me smile every day!

#135 Kindra
July/21/2007
@ 12:03 pm

Another big fan here! Lio is an absolute delight to see every day and it’s the first thing I look for in my newspaper. The dark comedy is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I even clip each strip out and send them to my nephews every week (since their paper doesn’t have it) and they get such a kick out of Lio’s antics. Thank you for making me smile every day!

#136 Allison
July/29/2007
@ 8:06 am

Bravo! I didnt think I’d become a fan of Lio’s but I am. I look forward to seeing him in the Seattle Times everyday. I’ve found myself thinking how dark and funny Lio is. I was drawn to him and his wonderful imagination. It was his imagination right? Or was it mine. Anyway I love Lio and I’ve never written to any other artist before to compliment them. I’m a 43 yr old female who is hooked on Lio.

#137 Allison
July/29/2007
@ 2:06 am

Bravo! I didnt think I’d become a fan of Lio’s but I am. I look forward to seeing him in the Seattle Times everyday. I’ve found myself thinking how dark and funny Lio is. I was drawn to him and his wonderful imagination. It was his imagination right? Or was it mine. Anyway I love Lio and I’ve never written to any other artist before to compliment them. I’m a 43 yr old female who is hooked on Lio.

#138 Alden
July/30/2007
@ 9:07 am

I see I’m not the first to comment on this comic! I started reading Lio off MSN.
I gotta say, I read a lot of comics, both web-based and printed (anywhere from Calvin and Hobbes and The Farside to Penny Arcade and The Perry Bible Fellowship), and this one caught my eye as unique almost immediately. It’s simple yet beautifully sublime.

Great work with this strip; I look forward to each new one!

#139 Alden
July/30/2007
@ 3:07 am

I see I’m not the first to comment on this comic! I started reading Lio off MSN.
I gotta say, I read a lot of comics, both web-based and printed (anywhere from Calvin and Hobbes and The Farside to Penny Arcade and The Perry Bible Fellowship), and this one caught my eye as unique almost immediately. It’s simple yet beautifully sublime.

Great work with this strip; I look forward to each new one!

#140 Hannah
September/3/2007
@ 3:55 am

I love this comic its very cute and is not your everyday comic its different and i love that my fav is the one of him cutting up his teddy bear to pretend he is the girls teddy bear and he goes to her house i love it its such a cute comic your doing a great job keep it up i do wish i could find more infomation about you and your comic though anyway thanks for your comic its a little piece of happiness i get to have on sundays hannah

#141 Hannah
September/2/2007
@ 9:55 pm

I love this comic its very cute and is not your everyday comic its different and i love that my fav is the one of him cutting up his teddy bear to pretend he is the girls teddy bear and he goes to her house i love it its such a cute comic your doing a great job keep it up i do wish i could find more infomation about you and your comic though anyway thanks for your comic its a little piece of happiness i get to have on sundays hannah

#142 billy
October/24/2007
@ 9:03 pm

LIO is the best comic ever. There aren’t any words but it’s still compltely hilarious! Keep up the good work Mark T. I hope to see more lio in my daily news!

#143 billy
October/24/2007
@ 3:03 pm

LIO is the best comic ever. There aren’t any words but it’s still compltely hilarious! Keep up the good work Mark T. I hope to see more lio in my daily news!

#144 billy
October/24/2007
@ 9:19 pm

P.S. I heard lio is going to be an action movie!

#145 billy
October/24/2007
@ 3:19 pm

P.S. I heard lio is going to be an action movie!

#146 Marge Harris
October/25/2007
@ 12:28 pm

My grandfather got me hooked on comics when he started reading them to me when I was about 5 or 6 years old some 66 or 67 years ago. (You do the math) Until now none have come along that have sparked the humor that LIO has! The first LIO cartoons that I read were a little hard to understand but when the realization of what he was conveying hit me WOW! he then became my new best cartoon character! My other “best” is “For Better or Worse”. From one end of the realm to the other, wouldn’t you say I loved today’s where LIO is performing carving surgery on the pumpkin! How cute. Keep them coming! We read LIO in the Joplin Globe.

#147 Marge Harris
October/25/2007
@ 6:28 am

My grandfather got me hooked on comics when he started reading them to me when I was about 5 or 6 years old some 66 or 67 years ago. (You do the math) Until now none have come along that have sparked the humor that LIO has! The first LIO cartoons that I read were a little hard to understand but when the realization of what he was conveying hit me WOW! he then became my new best cartoon character! My other “best” is “For Better or Worse”. From one end of the realm to the other, wouldn’t you say I loved today’s where LIO is performing carving surgery on the pumpkin! How cute. Keep them coming! We read LIO in the Joplin Globe.

#148 Don Heide
November/11/2007
@ 6:27 pm

LIO is a totally refreshing comic strip. I look forward to reading it every day and am soooo glad the Chicago Tribune finally decided to run it on Sundays as well. LIO ranks right up on top with my other favorite comic, Get Fuzzy. Keep up the great work.

#149 Don Heide
November/11/2007
@ 12:27 pm

LIO is a totally refreshing comic strip. I look forward to reading it every day and am soooo glad the Chicago Tribune finally decided to run it on Sundays as well. LIO ranks right up on top with my other favorite comic, Get Fuzzy. Keep up the great work.

#150 Rita Daemicke
November/20/2007
@ 7:10 pm

I just love your cartoon. It is my favorite and I look forward to it every morning in the Chigao Tribune. My husband and I laugh out loud!
Thanks. Rita D.

#151 Rita Daemicke
November/20/2007
@ 12:10 pm

I just love your cartoon. It is my favorite and I look forward to it every morning in the Chigao Tribune. My husband and I laugh out loud!
Thanks. Rita D.

#152 Elizabeth Smith
November/26/2007
@ 2:52 pm

I have never written a fan letter to anyone until now. About 4 months ago, I started becoming addicted to the new LIO comic. So, I want to thank you for making me laugh out loud atleast once a day. I work at a nursing home so anything that will bring a smile to the patients and staff is fine with me. I must say the simplicity of the comic is just amazing. You have a wonderful talent and you just added one more fan.

#153 Elizabeth Smith
November/26/2007
@ 7:52 am

I have never written a fan letter to anyone until now. About 4 months ago, I started becoming addicted to the new LIO comic. So, I want to thank you for making me laugh out loud atleast once a day. I work at a nursing home so anything that will bring a smile to the patients and staff is fine with me. I must say the simplicity of the comic is just amazing. You have a wonderful talent and you just added one more fan.

#154 blue bottle
December/6/2007
@ 1:48 am

i’ve been a fan of lio since the sf chronicle started running it, sometime in ’06? first strip i turn to – and i am nearly always guaranteed a laugh. now what i am waiting for is for lio and danae (from non sequiter) to get together and raise hell. danea + lio = true love.

#155 blue bottle
December/6/2007
@ 1:48 am

i’ve been a fan of lio since the sf chronicle started running it, sometime in ’06? first strip i turn to – and i am nearly always guaranteed a laugh. now what i am waiting for is for lio and danae (from non sequiter) to get together and raise hell. danea + lio = true love.

#156 blue bottle
December/5/2007
@ 6:48 pm

i’ve been a fan of lio since the sf chronicle started running it, sometime in ’06? first strip i turn to – and i am nearly always guaranteed a laugh. now what i am waiting for is for lio and danae (from non sequiter) to get together and raise hell. danea + lio = true love.

#157 Drew Wood
December/15/2007
@ 3:14 pm

Lio Rocks! My teen daughters are hooked on it, too. Especially the weird one.

Thanks!

Drew
Katy, Texas

#158 Drew Wood
December/15/2007
@ 3:14 pm

Lio Rocks! My teen daughters are hooked on it, too. Especially the weird one.

Thanks!

Drew
Katy, Texas

#159 Drew Wood
December/15/2007
@ 8:14 am

Lio Rocks! My teen daughters are hooked on it, too. Especially the weird one.

Thanks!

Drew
Katy, Texas

#160 Lynda Aurilio
January/11/2008
@ 8:10 pm

Hi Mark,
Not sure if you remember me. I worked for the same company you did, back in the early 90’s, but in their Princeton location, not Philly.(I think you know what company I mean, initials are VSM).
You definitely know my husband Vince. Good to hear you are doing so well. I’m still working with Rod and Jim after 12 years. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi.

#161 Lynda Aurilio
January/11/2008
@ 8:10 pm

Hi Mark,
Not sure if you remember me. I worked for the same company you did, back in the early 90’s, but in their Princeton location, not Philly.(I think you know what company I mean, initials are VSM).
You definitely know my husband Vince. Good to hear you are doing so well. I’m still working with Rod and Jim after 12 years. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi.

#162 Lynda Aurilio
January/11/2008
@ 1:10 pm

Hi Mark,
Not sure if you remember me. I worked for the same company you did, back in the early 90’s, but in their Princeton location, not Philly.(I think you know what company I mean, initials are VSM).
You definitely know my husband Vince. Good to hear you are doing so well. I’m still working with Rod and Jim after 12 years. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi.

#163 Mark Tatulli
January/11/2008
@ 10:18 pm

Holy cow! Sure, I remember Vince! And Rod and Jim! What about Ed? How’s he doing? Not sure if I remember you, Lynda, but I remember all the other folks! I didn’t make it up to Princeton much…spent most of my time in Philly. VS was a real boys club. Hope all is well with everybody!

#164 Mark Tatulli
January/11/2008
@ 10:18 pm

Holy cow! Sure, I remember Vince! And Rod and Jim! What about Ed? How’s he doing? Not sure if I remember you, Lynda, but I remember all the other folks! I didn’t make it up to Princeton much…spent most of my time in Philly. VS was a real boys club. Hope all is well with everybody!

#165 Mark Tatulli
January/11/2008
@ 3:18 pm

Holy cow! Sure, I remember Vince! And Rod and Jim! What about Ed? How’s he doing? Not sure if I remember you, Lynda, but I remember all the other folks! I didn’t make it up to Princeton much…spent most of my time in Philly. VS was a real boys club. Hope all is well with everybody!

#166 Lynda Aurilio
January/16/2008
@ 3:30 pm

If you want, you can email Stonehouse Media at contactshm@stonehousemedia.com and I can give you everyone’s email address. I know Vince would like to say hi.

#167 Lynda Aurilio
January/16/2008
@ 3:30 pm

If you want, you can email Stonehouse Media at contactshm@stonehousemedia.com and I can give you everyone’s email address. I know Vince would like to say hi.

#168 Lynda Aurilio
January/16/2008
@ 8:30 am

If you want, you can email Stonehouse Media at contactshm@stonehousemedia.com and I can give you everyone’s email address. I know Vince would like to say hi.

#169 Michael
January/21/2008
@ 1:22 pm

It took a bit to catch on to Lio. But he starts the day now. Sunday’s (1/20/2008) with the mention of Calvin and Hobbs made me laugh so hard I wanted to cry. Or did I want to cry because I miss them, too, and so I had to laugh to cover up. Please keep Lio going forever!!!

#170 Michael
January/21/2008
@ 1:22 pm

It took a bit to catch on to Lio. But he starts the day now. Sunday’s (1/20/2008) with the mention of Calvin and Hobbs made me laugh so hard I wanted to cry. Or did I want to cry because I miss them, too, and so I had to laugh to cover up. Please keep Lio going forever!!!

#171 Michael
January/21/2008
@ 6:22 am

It took a bit to catch on to Lio. But he starts the day now. Sunday’s (1/20/2008) with the mention of Calvin and Hobbs made me laugh so hard I wanted to cry. Or did I want to cry because I miss them, too, and so I had to laugh to cover up. Please keep Lio going forever!!!

#172 Eric Burke
January/22/2008
@ 3:27 am

Sundays Lio was one of the funniest Sunday funnies that I’ve ever read!

You’re doing some great work, Mr. T…

#173 Eric Burke
January/22/2008
@ 3:27 am

Sundays Lio was one of the funniest Sunday funnies that I’ve ever read!

You’re doing some great work, Mr. T…

#174 Eric Burke
January/21/2008
@ 8:27 pm

Sundays Lio was one of the funniest Sunday funnies that I’ve ever read!

You’re doing some great work, Mr. T…

#175 Chris Hardiman
January/22/2008
@ 3:45 am

I thought it was very funny and a nice homage, but it is rather dark. I take no offense at “Lio” and its darkness — in fact I love it — but I’m guessing that Mark got a lot of hate mail over this one.

#176 Chris Hardiman
January/21/2008
@ 8:45 pm

I thought it was very funny and a nice homage, but it is rather dark. I take no offense at “Lio” and its darkness — in fact I love it — but I’m guessing that Mark got a lot of hate mail over this one.

#177 Garey Mckee
January/22/2008
@ 5:06 am

Totally awesome. And I mean that more in the true sense of the word rather than the familiar slang. Mark’s work on Lio truly leaves me in awe many times.

I agree that the 1/20 sunday strip has a bitter sweet twang to it that enhances it’s impact all the more. I hope Bill Watterson saw it.

#178 Garey Mckee
January/22/2008
@ 5:06 am

Totally awesome. And I mean that more in the true sense of the word rather than the familiar slang. Mark’s work on Lio truly leaves me in awe many times.

I agree that the 1/20 sunday strip has a bitter sweet twang to it that enhances it’s impact all the more. I hope Bill Watterson saw it.

#179 Garey Mckee
January/21/2008
@ 10:06 pm

Totally awesome. And I mean that more in the true sense of the word rather than the familiar slang. Mark’s work on Lio truly leaves me in awe many times.

I agree that the 1/20 sunday strip has a bitter sweet twang to it that enhances it’s impact all the more. I hope Bill Watterson saw it.

#180 Scott Metzger
January/22/2008
@ 5:30 pm

I also liked that strip and thought it was a nice (dark) homage. I’d also love to know what kind of reaction it got–if a lot of people took offense or not. Calvin’s skull in the snow…priceless.

#181 Scott Metzger
January/22/2008
@ 5:30 pm

I also liked that strip and thought it was a nice (dark) homage. I’d also love to know what kind of reaction it got–if a lot of people took offense or not. Calvin’s skull in the snow…priceless.

#182 Scott Metzger
January/22/2008
@ 10:30 am

I also liked that strip and thought it was a nice (dark) homage. I’d also love to know what kind of reaction it got–if a lot of people took offense or not. Calvin’s skull in the snow…priceless.

#183 Mark Tatulli
January/22/2008
@ 11:54 am

Yes, it got a lot of response…some good, some bad. I must say I’m a bit surprise at some of the anger this strip has generated. I mean, Jeez, it’s been 12 years…can’t I make a joke? I think what CALVIN fans most resented was that I completed the image that Watterson left hanging…and not in a good way. Watterson started a sentence full of optimism, and I ended it with death. I still think it’s funny…kind of like a f@rt during a funeral: it’s shocking and you hate yourself for laughing.

#184 Mark Tatulli
January/22/2008
@ 6:54 pm

Yes, it got a lot of response…some good, some bad. I must say I’m a bit surprise at some of the anger this strip has generated. I mean, Jeez, it’s been 12 years…can’t I make a joke? I think what CALVIN fans most resented was that I completed the image that Watterson left hanging…and not in a good way. Watterson started a sentence full of optimism, and I ended it with death. I still think it’s funny…kind of like a f@rt during a funeral: it’s shocking and you hate yourself for laughing.

#185 Mark Tatulli
January/22/2008
@ 6:54 pm

Yes, it got a lot of response…some good, some bad. I must say I’m a bit surprise at some of the anger this strip has generated. I mean, Jeez, it’s been 12 years…can’t I make a joke? I think what CALVIN fans most resented was that I completed the image that Watterson left hanging…and not in a good way. Watterson started a sentence full of optimism, and I ended it with death. I still think it’s funny…kind of like a f@rt during a funeral: it’s shocking and you hate yourself for laughing.

#186 Scott Metzger
January/22/2008
@ 7:03 pm

Mark, thanks for the word on that. Sounds like it was a balanced response of good and bad. The skull with the little knit cap was cute. Come on, people….

#187 Scott Metzger
January/22/2008
@ 7:03 pm

Mark, thanks for the word on that. Sounds like it was a balanced response of good and bad. The skull with the little knit cap was cute. Come on, people….

#188 Scott Metzger
January/22/2008
@ 12:03 pm

Mark, thanks for the word on that. Sounds like it was a balanced response of good and bad. The skull with the little knit cap was cute. Come on, people….

#189 Tim
January/23/2008
@ 6:02 am

The Calvin and Hobbes strip is priceless. The forest artwork matches Watterson’s style perfectly which helps set the stage for the punch line. This strip is now framed in my office alongside the strip where Lio blows up Lucy after she taunts Charlie Brown to kick the football. I wonder if Mark got any negative comments on that one? Mark’s cross-pollination work with other cartoonist’s comic strips is truly wonderful and a joy to observe. There is so much to soak-up in each strip. Thanks for the daily dose of laughter and pleasure, Mark!

#190 Tim
January/23/2008
@ 6:02 am

The Calvin and Hobbes strip is priceless. The forest artwork matches Watterson’s style perfectly which helps set the stage for the punch line. This strip is now framed in my office alongside the strip where Lio blows up Lucy after she taunts Charlie Brown to kick the football. I wonder if Mark got any negative comments on that one? Mark’s cross-pollination work with other cartoonist’s comic strips is truly wonderful and a joy to observe. There is so much to soak-up in each strip. Thanks for the daily dose of laughter and pleasure, Mark!

#191 Tim
January/22/2008
@ 11:02 pm

The Calvin and Hobbes strip is priceless. The forest artwork matches Watterson’s style perfectly which helps set the stage for the punch line. This strip is now framed in my office alongside the strip where Lio blows up Lucy after she taunts Charlie Brown to kick the football. I wonder if Mark got any negative comments on that one? Mark’s cross-pollination work with other cartoonist’s comic strips is truly wonderful and a joy to observe. There is so much to soak-up in each strip. Thanks for the daily dose of laughter and pleasure, Mark!

#192 Garey Mckee
January/23/2008
@ 6:09 am

Mark, your ending Bill Watterson’s “sentence full of optimism” with death is just giving a visual to the death of his strip. A we all loved (and continue to love). That 1/20 Sunday strip of yours works on so many levels it really is amazing. Truly brilliant work. Very prophetic.

#193 Garey Mckee
January/23/2008
@ 6:09 am

Mark, your ending Bill Watterson’s “sentence full of optimism” with death is just giving a visual to the death of his strip. A we all loved (and continue to love). That 1/20 Sunday strip of yours works on so many levels it really is amazing. Truly brilliant work. Very prophetic.

#194 Garey Mckee
January/22/2008
@ 11:09 pm

Mark, your ending Bill Watterson’s “sentence full of optimism” with death is just giving a visual to the death of his strip. A we all loved (and continue to love). That 1/20 Sunday strip of yours works on so many levels it really is amazing. Truly brilliant work. Very prophetic.

#195 Garey Mckee
January/23/2008
@ 6:10 am

Ummm that should be “A strip we all loved.” Sorry my brain got ahead of my fingers.

#196 Garey Mckee
January/23/2008
@ 6:10 am

Ummm that should be “A strip we all loved.” Sorry my brain got ahead of my fingers.

#197 Garey Mckee
January/22/2008
@ 11:10 pm

Ummm that should be “A strip we all loved.” Sorry my brain got ahead of my fingers.

#198 Eric Burke
January/23/2008
@ 1:27 pm

kind of like a f@rt during a funeral
Farting in church is even funnier. Better accoustics…

#199 Eric Burke
January/23/2008
@ 1:27 pm

kind of like a f@rt during a funeral
Farting in church is even funnier. Better accoustics…

#200 Eric Burke
January/23/2008
@ 6:27 am

kind of like a f@rt during a funeral
Farting in church is even funnier. Better accoustics…

#201 triple iced
February/26/2008
@ 9:49 am

I live in the Seattle area & have been blown away the last 10 months or so w/ LIO. Look foward to it everyday. Keep up the great work, it’s much needed it todays world.

Thought of a strip~
1.Have a mid-evil knight chopping down a tree
2.Have LIO’s dad sucking his finger that was just attacked on a chess board by the knight piece
3.Have LIO cracking up like always

Cheers mate!

#202 triple iced
February/26/2008
@ 9:49 am

I live in the Seattle area & have been blown away the last 10 months or so w/ LIO. Look foward to it everyday. Keep up the great work, it’s much needed it todays world.

Thought of a strip~
1.Have a mid-evil knight chopping down a tree
2.Have LIO’s dad sucking his finger that was just attacked on a chess board by the knight piece
3.Have LIO cracking up like always

Cheers mate!

#203 triple iced
February/26/2008
@ 2:49 am

I live in the Seattle area & have been blown away the last 10 months or so w/ LIO. Look foward to it everyday. Keep up the great work, it’s much needed it todays world.

Thought of a strip~
1.Have a mid-evil knight chopping down a tree
2.Have LIO’s dad sucking his finger that was just attacked on a chess board by the knight piece
3.Have LIO cracking up like always

Cheers mate!

#204 Puggy Coffman
March/6/2008
@ 12:44 am

What happened to Lio’s mother? Last time I saw her she chiseled Lio out of his French Fries. Pleae let me know???

Best,

Puggy Coffman

#205 Puggy Coffman
March/6/2008
@ 12:44 am

What happened to Lio’s mother? Last time I saw her she chiseled Lio out of his French Fries. Pleae let me know???

Best,

Puggy Coffman

#206 Puggy Coffman
March/5/2008
@ 5:44 pm

What happened to Lio’s mother? Last time I saw her she chiseled Lio out of his French Fries. Pleae let me know???

Best,

Puggy Coffman

#207 Mark Tatulli
March/6/2008
@ 4:44 am

Hi, Peggy…

Lio’s mother has never appeared in the comic strip. She is out of the picture, so to speak. I think the strip you are referring to was Lio’s dad stealing french fries. Perhaps I drew him slightly feminine in that strip.

#208 Mark Tatulli
March/6/2008
@ 4:44 am

Hi, Peggy…

Lio’s mother has never appeared in the comic strip. She is out of the picture, so to speak. I think the strip you are referring to was Lio’s dad stealing french fries. Perhaps I drew him slightly feminine in that strip.

#209 Mark Tatulli
March/5/2008
@ 9:44 pm

Hi, Peggy…

Lio’s mother has never appeared in the comic strip. She is out of the picture, so to speak. I think the strip you are referring to was Lio’s dad stealing french fries. Perhaps I drew him slightly feminine in that strip.

#210 vincent caliguire
March/20/2008
@ 12:25 am

Lio is such a great idea, I love that kid and the way the father reacts to him. It’s what a comic should be…. and when is Beatle Baily going to Iraq?

#211 vincent caliguire
March/20/2008
@ 12:25 am

Lio is such a great idea, I love that kid and the way the father reacts to him. It’s what a comic should be…. and when is Beatle Baily going to Iraq?

#212 vincent caliguire
March/19/2008
@ 5:25 pm

Lio is such a great idea, I love that kid and the way the father reacts to him. It’s what a comic should be…. and when is Beatle Baily going to Iraq?

#213 vincent caliguire
March/20/2008
@ 12:27 am

When is Lio coming to Sunday comics? Opus is nothing like Bloom County, it’s a sad state of affairs in the current Sunday Funnys, it really is..Hail LIO!

#214 vincent caliguire
March/20/2008
@ 12:27 am

When is Lio coming to Sunday comics? Opus is nothing like Bloom County, it’s a sad state of affairs in the current Sunday Funnys, it really is..Hail LIO!

#215 vincent caliguire
March/19/2008
@ 5:27 pm

When is Lio coming to Sunday comics? Opus is nothing like Bloom County, it’s a sad state of affairs in the current Sunday Funnys, it really is..Hail LIO!

#216 Mark Tatulli
March/20/2008
@ 4:11 pm

Thanks, Vincent! Glad you enjoy LIO.

To answer your question, I do draw a LIO Sunday page, it’s just may not run in your paper. And the way to change that is by writing to your editor and telling them what you want to see in the funny pages. Editors really do listen to and care about what readers think. So write today!

#217 Mark Tatulli
March/20/2008
@ 4:11 pm

Thanks, Vincent! Glad you enjoy LIO.

To answer your question, I do draw a LIO Sunday page, it’s just may not run in your paper. And the way to change that is by writing to your editor and telling them what you want to see in the funny pages. Editors really do listen to and care about what readers think. So write today!

#218 Mark Tatulli
March/20/2008
@ 9:11 am

Thanks, Vincent! Glad you enjoy LIO.

To answer your question, I do draw a LIO Sunday page, it’s just may not run in your paper. And the way to change that is by writing to your editor and telling them what you want to see in the funny pages. Editors really do listen to and care about what readers think. So write today!

#219 Gabe Chewy
March/30/2008
@ 8:56 pm

I was devastated when I was 13 years old after Bill killed Calvin and Hobbes. I never understood what he was rambling about. I thought Calvin belonged to the world and it was something I looked forward to in my crappy life.

Oddly Lio is something I have in common with now, 13 years later.

Thanks Mark, stay strong and don’t let those corporate biggots and proper tea drinking nillies make you kill Lio, though I think he is the antiChrist. I love him and wish he was my son. I sit down with my daughter to look at your comics.

#220 Gabe Chewy
March/30/2008
@ 8:56 pm

I was devastated when I was 13 years old after Bill killed Calvin and Hobbes. I never understood what he was rambling about. I thought Calvin belonged to the world and it was something I looked forward to in my crappy life.

Oddly Lio is something I have in common with now, 13 years later.

Thanks Mark, stay strong and don’t let those corporate biggots and proper tea drinking nillies make you kill Lio, though I think he is the antiChrist. I love him and wish he was my son. I sit down with my daughter to look at your comics.

#221 Gabe Chewy
March/30/2008
@ 2:56 pm

I was devastated when I was 13 years old after Bill killed Calvin and Hobbes. I never understood what he was rambling about. I thought Calvin belonged to the world and it was something I looked forward to in my crappy life.

Oddly Lio is something I have in common with now, 13 years later.

Thanks Mark, stay strong and don’t let those corporate biggots and proper tea drinking nillies make you kill Lio, though I think he is the antiChrist. I love him and wish he was my son. I sit down with my daughter to look at your comics.

#222 Lisa Mendez
April/16/2008
@ 10:14 pm

I love Lio and just heard a movie was being made!!!! Is there website that might have more information about this?

#223 Lisa Mendez
April/16/2008
@ 10:14 pm

I love Lio and just heard a movie was being made!!!! Is there website that might have more information about this?

#224 Lisa Mendez
April/16/2008
@ 4:14 pm

I love Lio and just heard a movie was being made!!!! Is there website that might have more information about this?

#225 Carol McHale
April/26/2008
@ 7:17 pm

We love Lio!! He’s one of the highlights of the rag we get – the SF Chronicle.

In today’s Lio, he was taken away to placate the corporate office. Please tell me it was a joke!!

They wonder why the newspapers are failing…

Don’t worry, Lio – we’ll find you!!

#226 Carol McHale
April/26/2008
@ 1:17 pm

We love Lio!! He’s one of the highlights of the rag we get – the SF Chronicle.

In today’s Lio, he was taken away to placate the corporate office. Please tell me it was a joke!!

They wonder why the newspapers are failing…

Don’t worry, Lio – we’ll find you!!

#227 Pieter Kreyns
July/6/2008
@ 3:41 am

My wife and I, who are fairly intelligent people, just could not figure out the last panel of “LIO” on July 5, 2008. I say that’s not Lio in the bed because he isn’t drawn as he always is (glasses and pupils??), and my wife says I need something more to occupy my mind.

Any clues out there?

#228 Pieter Kreyns
July/6/2008
@ 3:41 am

My wife and I, who are fairly intelligent people, just could not figure out the last panel of “LIO” on July 5, 2008. I say that’s not Lio in the bed because he isn’t drawn as he always is (glasses and pupils??), and my wife says I need something more to occupy my mind.

Any clues out there?

#229 Pieter Kreyns
July/5/2008
@ 9:41 pm

My wife and I, who are fairly intelligent people, just could not figure out the last panel of “LIO” on July 5, 2008. I say that’s not Lio in the bed because he isn’t drawn as he always is (glasses and pupils??), and my wife says I need something more to occupy my mind.

Any clues out there?

#230 Pab Sungenis
July/6/2008
@ 3:10 pm

Look under the bed. The monster under the bed has a cold, and it’s annoying Lio.

#231 Pab Sungenis
July/6/2008
@ 3:10 pm

Look under the bed. The monster under the bed has a cold, and it’s annoying Lio.

#232 Pab Sungenis
July/6/2008
@ 9:10 am

Look under the bed. The monster under the bed has a cold, and it’s annoying Lio.

#233 Garey Mckee
July/7/2008
@ 2:57 am

Wow. I thought the gag was pretty self explanatory, but what do I know. However, I must say Pab did a good job of explaining it.

#234 Garey Mckee
July/7/2008
@ 2:57 am

Wow. I thought the gag was pretty self explanatory, but what do I know. However, I must say Pab did a good job of explaining it.

#235 Garey Mckee
July/6/2008
@ 8:57 pm

Wow. I thought the gag was pretty self explanatory, but what do I know. However, I must say Pab did a good job of explaining it.

#236 Brittany McKinna
October/20/2008
@ 4:02 am

Hi this message is for Mark Tatulli. I am a future teacher and want to make a lesson plan around your May 26, 2008 Memorial Day cartoon. I have to know if this cartoon was in a major newspaper or magazine in order to use in it the class. Please let me know so I can use the great cartoon!
-Thanks!

#237 Brittany McKinna
October/19/2008
@ 10:02 pm

Hi this message is for Mark Tatulli. I am a future teacher and want to make a lesson plan around your May 26, 2008 Memorial Day cartoon. I have to know if this cartoon was in a major newspaper or magazine in order to use in it the class. Please let me know so I can use the great cartoon!
-Thanks!

#238 Chris Anderson
October/29/2008
@ 6:06 pm

dude i love lio
i look forward to seeing him in the newspapers my english teacher brings in everyday

#239 Chris Anderson
October/30/2008
@ 12:06 am

dude i love lio
i look forward to seeing him in the newspapers my english teacher brings in everyday

#240 Adam Wong
January/29/2009
@ 1:30 am

Hi Mark

Iam 9 years old and a fan of Lio. It’s my favorite comic stripe. I read it everyday and have read both Lio collections.

From your biggest fan

Adam Wong

#241 Adam Wong
January/28/2009
@ 7:30 pm

Hi Mark

Iam 9 years old and a fan of Lio. It’s my favorite comic stripe. I read it everyday and have read both Lio collections.

From your biggest fan

Adam Wong

#242 Mark Tatulli
January/29/2009
@ 2:37 am

Hi, Adam! Glad you enjoy LIO! It’s a real pleasure to draw and write, especially when I hear from fans like you! Thanks for writing and keep reading!

All my best…

Mark T

#243 Mark Tatulli
January/29/2009
@ 2:37 am

Hi, Adam! Glad you enjoy LIO! It’s a real pleasure to draw and write, especially when I hear from fans like you! Thanks for writing and keep reading!

All my best…

Mark T

#244 Mark Tatulli
January/28/2009
@ 8:37 pm

Hi, Adam! Glad you enjoy LIO! It’s a real pleasure to draw and write, especially when I hear from fans like you! Thanks for writing and keep reading!

All my best…

Mark T

#245 Adam Wong
January/30/2009
@ 8:45 pm

Hi mark

I read the part I guess I gust don’t get it
and your mom said somthing about another comic i wonderd what that comic was.
Please write back.

Adam Wong

#246 Adam Wong
January/30/2009
@ 8:45 pm

Hi mark

I read the part I guess I gust don’t get it
and your mom said somthing about another comic i wonderd what that comic was.
Please write back.

Adam Wong

#247 Adam Wong
January/30/2009
@ 2:45 pm

Hi mark

I read the part I guess I gust don’t get it
and your mom said somthing about another comic i wonderd what that comic was.
Please write back.

Adam Wong

#248 Mark Tatulli
January/31/2009
@ 5:47 am

Adam, you can email me directly at this address:

heartofthecity@hotmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Mark T

#249 Mark Tatulli
January/31/2009
@ 5:47 am

Adam, you can email me directly at this address:

heartofthecity@hotmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Mark T

#250 Mark Tatulli
January/30/2009
@ 11:47 pm

Adam, you can email me directly at this address:

heartofthecity@hotmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Mark T

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