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Mark Tatulli interviewed by Winston-Salem Journal

Mark Tatulli, who’s new feature “Liolaunched this week to over 100 newspapers was interviewed by the Winston-Salem Journal who now runs the feature.  Subjects include the obligatory questions about how Mark got into cartooning; what Mark did for a living before cartooning became successful enough to support him financially; what make’s Lio different from other strips.

From the article:

When he decided he wanted to try his hand at a second strip, he wanted something significantly different from Heart of the City.

“The thing I really wanted to do was something that is new,” he said. “I’m just tired of looking at the comics page and everything is words, words, words. This is all drawing. I can go anywhere with it and do anything, within editorial standards.”

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#1 max
July/31/2006
@ 8:56 pm

Ya, I dig the fact that these off-beat strips finally are getting some exposure. Wasn’t Tatulli one of the originators of that underground comic collective with Andres Serrano who does the strip Dick Pato & Dirt Boy and of Piss Christ fame?
That group did some had hitting stuff.
Congrats.

#2 Sand Pilarski
August/4/2006
@ 5:53 am

I’ve only just discovered “Lio” and find it delightful. Good job, Mark Tatulli for producing two quality comic strips!

#3 Mark Mabry
August/20/2006
@ 8:46 am

I just discovered Lio in today’s (20 AUG 06) Chronicle while taking a dump. After reading the ‘strip’ (more like a ‘hilarity square’, nay even a ‘comical cube’), I laughed so hard that I automatically upgraded to a HORRENDOUS dump! Good job Tatulli! May you live a THOUSAND years! Mark Mabry

#4 Dave Polson
December/11/2006
@ 7:30 pm

Saw your May interview with Mark Tatulli and wondered if you can tell me how to contact him. I’m interested in a purchase.
Thanks
Dave

#5 Charles Brubaker
December/11/2006
@ 8:08 pm

Mark’s email address is usually written in his other comic-strip “Heart of the City.”

It’s heartofthecity@hotmail.com

#6 Vanessa A.
March/14/2007
@ 8:44 pm

Omg I Dont think tha ti have ever found any other comic strip as intresting as this. I discovered Lio while reading in Homeroom [lame] and fell inlove with it. Lio is the perfect match with my morning coffe.=]

#7 patricialee
March/23/2007
@ 3:47 pm

brilliant. finally another wordless cartoon very similar in approach to the old bald headed Henry! Thanks so much. (from another cartoonist/commercial artist of ancient vintage)

#8 John Bast
April/3/2007
@ 9:14 pm

A Lio book of cartoons in the works?

#9 markt
April/4/2007
@ 9:43 am

Yes, I LIO book is coming. I think it will be available by end of Summer or early Fall.

#10 markt
April/4/2007
@ 9:44 am

That should read “A” Lio book. Sorry.

#11 greg fink
April/5/2007
@ 4:56 pm

Hooray!

Mark for all the former weird kids out there I thank you for this fantastic piece of news. Lio makes my day and brings back a lot of memories of what fascinated me and my friends.

How about any new Heart of the City books?

Greg

#12 markt
April/6/2007
@ 9:46 am

No new Heart books currently in the works. I can’t sell all of the first ones!

#13 greg fink
April/9/2007
@ 4:36 pm

Hi Mark,

Seriously need to get a small press, lulu.com thing going for cartoons like yours. Build the buzz!

Greg

#14 Tiffany
April/12/2007
@ 11:30 pm

i can not wait till the book comes out! everyday i cut out Lio and post it on my desk…its what keeps me going through the day. I LOVE LIO!!!!

#15 Rusty
July/16/2007
@ 7:33 am

Lio is brilliant. I can’t get enough of it.

#16 Garey Mckee
July/16/2007
@ 2:44 pm

I seriously almost peed a little bit when I read the summer camp strip when the skull fell out of the bag. Lio never fails to amaze me with it’s content and it’s art.

At times it reminds me of some of the early turn of the century cartoons, which are suprisingly very dark in their humor with almost grotesque imagery due in part, I think, from the repressed victorian social class finally coming to an end with the approach of the 20th century.

#17 Cicero Talley
November/8/2007
@ 10:38 am

I laughed my arse off . . .
. . . and I’m having a hard time sitting
ever
since
I
read
the
Lio
strips
this
week
of
Lio
finding
his
Dad’s
note
in
his
lunch
bag
and
the
following
day
in
the
Principal’s
office
!

MT, your strip should come with a warning:

“Do not be drinking coffee whilst reading strip,
else your sinuses will become caffeinated.”

CT

#18 George Hirtle
November/29/2007
@ 4:45 pm

Hi Mark,

Just wanted to let you know I think Lio is the best. I have been enjoying comics for 60 years and Lio is a winner. I love comics that are international. Without words they can be understood by anyone. He is almost always happy with his great smile at all the bizarre pets and circumstances he is involved with. I can relate. Excellent! Keep up the good work.

George Hirtle, Brookfield, MA

#19 George Hirtle
November/29/2007
@ 4:47 pm

Hi Mark,

Just wanted to let you know I think Lio is the best. I have been enjoying comics for 60 years and Lio is a winner. I love comics that are international. Without words they can be understood by anyone. He is almost always happy with his great smile at all the bizarre pets and circumstances he is involved with. I can relate. Excellent! Keep up the good work.

George Hirtle, Brookfield, MA

Hey, what gives? I entered 19 by adding 3+6 and I got refused. I am not human and where I come from, 3 + 6 is 19 every time. I had to cheat and enter 9 just to get through. Check your math.
GH

#20 Tony Yarzagaray
December/31/2007
@ 7:42 pm

Der Mark:

You rule. I love this strip. We just got it in the chicago tribune. I have been checking it out from day one. Fantastic. as good as doonebury, calvin and hobbes, bc, far side, boffo,etc. Better, really.
I laughed out loud on the train and the guy next to me moved. Thanks!!

TTTTTTTTTTTtttttttttttttttttony

#21 sarah schmidt
April/15/2008
@ 1:07 am

First, thank you. Second thanks again. The first time I read Lio I fell in love! It was where Lio dressed up like a teddy bear and hid in that little girlâ??s room, by favorite by far is the one that (I think) got Lio suspended from the Detroit Free Press; the child eating bunny book Lio was reading! Iâ??m laughing out loud just thinking about it. I bought both books Heart of the city and Lio. I can’t wait for more.

#22 pat hart
June/21/2009
@ 7:47 pm

Heart of the city is my favorite comic. I’ve used it many times as a kick-off in my Social Studies class. I haven’t caught Lio yet but now I plan to do so.
It’s Father’s Day today and I’m remembering your Father’s Day cartoon from several years ago that touched my heart like no other.
I’ll be in touch by e-mail.
Thanks for being a sensitive and brilliant cartoonists.

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