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Mark Tatulli to launch new feature called Lio

Heart of the City creator Mark Tatulli has joined a select few to try to double dip – two features at one time. On May 15, his new feature “Lio” will be available through Universal Press.

UPS’ web site, posted the following description of the feature:

LIO is an unusual kind of comic strip and we think you’ll love it.

First LIO has no dialog. It tells stories only with images?a “pantomine strip” says Mark Tatulli, the creator. Next, LIO’s main character is a curious young boy with an imagination that’s unleashed by bumps in the night and things hiding under the bed. And LIO offers various shades of dark humor along with straightforward laughs.

This strip offers a fresh outlook and appeals to everyone, especially young readers..and readers who remember being young..and those who wish they were young. LIO is a comic strip that’s edgy, funny, visually stunning and truly different.

You can see samples of the feature at the address above.

Community Comments

#1 Jennifer Griffith
May/25/2006
@ 10:23 pm

I love his work. My Fav is from May 25’06

#2 Jennifer Griffith
May/25/2006
@ 4:23 pm

I love his work. My Fav is from May 25’06

#3 Jim Burke
September/4/2006
@ 11:49 pm

I too love Lio. Many are my favorites as of 09/06/2006.

2006/08/07 The dragon kite
2006/08/08 Brian brain
2006/08/10 Atomic playground
2006/08/13 Kind of, the irony here
2006/08/15 Superman homework
2006/08/16 Playground witch
2006/08/17 TV project
2006/08/18 Bathtub squid (five stars)
2006/08/21 Insect orchestra
2006/08/26 Lost
2006/08/28 Whimpering dragon (six stars, my fav)
2006/08/30 Dante
2006/08/31 A mess by any other name
2006/09/01 Little shop of horrors
2006/09/02 Dinner

Anyhow about four sharp ones a week, thanks Mark!

#4 Jim Burke
September/4/2006
@ 5:49 pm

I too love Lio. Many are my favorites as of 09/06/2006.

2006/08/07 The dragon kite
2006/08/08 Brian brain
2006/08/10 Atomic playground
2006/08/13 Kind of, the irony here
2006/08/15 Superman homework
2006/08/16 Playground witch
2006/08/17 TV project
2006/08/18 Bathtub squid (five stars)
2006/08/21 Insect orchestra
2006/08/26 Lost
2006/08/28 Whimpering dragon (six stars, my fav)
2006/08/30 Dante
2006/08/31 A mess by any other name
2006/09/01 Little shop of horrors
2006/09/02 Dinner

Anyhow about four sharp ones a week, thanks Mark!

#5 Jim Skladany
September/23/2006
@ 4:18 pm

Re: “Lio”. Finally a “comic strip” for those who are medically ‘brain dead’. Best offal in the newspaper, bar none.

#6 Jim Skladany
September/23/2006
@ 10:18 am

Re: “Lio”. Finally a “comic strip” for those who are medically ‘brain dead’. Best offal in the newspaper, bar none.

#7 Paul
September/24/2006
@ 10:47 am

Comments here are generally more professional, less of the “insult others, criticize with no explanation” blog genre. Pls try to raise the level of comment.

#8 Paul
September/24/2006
@ 4:47 am

Comments here are generally more professional, less of the “insult others, criticize with no explanation” blog genre. Pls try to raise the level of comment.

#9 Rachel
May/9/2007
@ 3:18 pm

Today the paper held a lio comment about suicide. This is completely inappropriate comic material. It is a serious matter that plagues so many of todays youth, and that is a crucial problem for society. Due to this, i think that mark tatulli is the worst comic that ever was. He is inappropriate, and not funny.

#10 Rachel
May/9/2007
@ 9:18 am

Today the paper held a lio comment about suicide. This is completely inappropriate comic material. It is a serious matter that plagues so many of todays youth, and that is a crucial problem for society. Due to this, i think that mark tatulli is the worst comic that ever was. He is inappropriate, and not funny.

#11 steve s
May/9/2007
@ 4:19 pm

Rachel,

The knot resembles a noose and his father is horrified, only to find it is a loop for a model airplane. This OFFENDS you? Best avoid all humor as it might be from a dark place. Work on your grammar. Really. Your grammar needs work!

#12 steve s
May/9/2007
@ 10:19 am

Rachel,

The knot resembles a noose and his father is horrified, only to find it is a loop for a model airplane. This OFFENDS you? Best avoid all humor as it might be from a dark place. Work on your grammar. Really. Your grammar needs work!

#13 Garey Mckee
May/9/2007
@ 9:11 pm

I believe comics are at their best when their subject matter is dark. That’s where Lio shines. When I look at the comics page and see yet another family oriented comic strip (blah) with watered down content where artists and writers are almost afraid to write original content for fear of some sort of reprisal, I just shake my head. If you’re going to put yourself out there, put yourself out there all the way. That is why Mark Tatulli is successful.

#14 Garey Mckee
May/9/2007
@ 3:11 pm

I believe comics are at their best when their subject matter is dark. That’s where Lio shines. When I look at the comics page and see yet another family oriented comic strip (blah) with watered down content where artists and writers are almost afraid to write original content for fear of some sort of reprisal, I just shake my head. If you’re going to put yourself out there, put yourself out there all the way. That is why Mark Tatulli is successful.

#15 Eric Burke
May/10/2007
@ 2:48 am

“Today the paper held a lio comment about suicide.”
A lio comment? What’s that? Are you indicating that Lio made a comment? I thought Lio was a pantomine strip, but now you’re saying that Lio had a comment??

And Mark Tatulli is a CARTOONIST, NOT a “comic”…and yours might be the “worst ever comment ever left” based on it’s mangled approach to the english language…crfiiiipes.

#16 Eric Burke
May/9/2007
@ 8:48 pm

“Today the paper held a lio comment about suicide.”
A lio comment? What’s that? Are you indicating that Lio made a comment? I thought Lio was a pantomine strip, but now you’re saying that Lio had a comment??

And Mark Tatulli is a CARTOONIST, NOT a “comic”…and yours might be the “worst ever comment ever left” based on it’s mangled approach to the english language…crfiiiipes.

#17 Mark
May/10/2007
@ 3:43 am

Now, now…let’s leave Rachel alone about her grammar inabilities. Let’s instead point out how narrow-minded and idiotic she seems for deeming Mr. Tatulli the worst creator based on one strip that possibly hints at a “taboo” subject matter (and kudos to his syndicate for letting this through). I REALLLLLY don’t want to make this political (please don’t!) but this outrageous reaction is what’s wrong with most of society in America today. She apparently feels she has a right to be heard and evokes her freedom of speech to tell the world her views (which we should all be okay with), but then apparently doesn’t believe Mark has similar rights of expression. Whatever happened to not liking something and going on with your life? Now everyone has to lambast others who encroach on their delicate sense of what’s offensive. I’d give her a lot more respect if she just used her freedom to post that she didn’t care for today’s Lio, maybe adding why she’s so sensitive to suicide, and left it at that. I’d give even more respect if she just used her freedom to chose to not “read” Lio (pantomime strip an’ all) and let Mark do his thing.

“America – so much freedom, we even have the freedom to take other’s freedom away.”

Just my $.02.

http://www.geocities.com/prematurely.disappointed

#18 Mark
May/9/2007
@ 9:43 pm

Now, now…let’s leave Rachel alone about her grammar inabilities. Let’s instead point out how narrow-minded and idiotic she seems for deeming Mr. Tatulli the worst creator based on one strip that possibly hints at a “taboo” subject matter (and kudos to his syndicate for letting this through). I REALLLLLY don’t want to make this political (please don’t!) but this outrageous reaction is what’s wrong with most of society in America today. She apparently feels she has a right to be heard and evokes her freedom of speech to tell the world her views (which we should all be okay with), but then apparently doesn’t believe Mark has similar rights of expression. Whatever happened to not liking something and going on with your life? Now everyone has to lambast others who encroach on their delicate sense of what’s offensive. I’d give her a lot more respect if she just used her freedom to post that she didn’t care for today’s Lio, maybe adding why she’s so sensitive to suicide, and left it at that. I’d give even more respect if she just used her freedom to chose to not “read” Lio (pantomime strip an’ all) and let Mark do his thing.

“America – so much freedom, we even have the freedom to take other’s freedom away.”

Just my $.02.

http://www.geocities.com/prematurely.disappointed

#19 markt
May/10/2007
@ 5:22 am

Actually, that strip had nothing to do at all about suicide…it was more about how parents are prepared to believe the worst about our childrens’ intentions.

Look, everyday were hear on the news how our kids are having sex, or doing drugs, or playing the “pass out game”. We’re always on the lookout for the horrible things our kids are doing…because the news told us so, that’s why!

I’ll give you an example: my son is 17 years old and came running in the house one night after being out past his time. He ran right upstairs without saying the normal “I’m home”. Naturally, I expected the worse…he’s high and he’s running upstairs to hide his bong or needle. So I followed. He had gone into the bathroom and I knocked and asked suspiciously, “are you all right?” He answered, “yes, but I have diarrhea.” This statement was promply followed my an intestinal explosion that I wouldn’t want to hear twice in my life. Yes, the only drugs he had injested were from the local TACO BELL and he was paying the price. Thankfully, he couldn’t see the sheepish look on my face as I turned away, but I think I successfully captured it on “Dad” as he realizes LIO’s true intent. So the strip was really about parental paranoia. And that’s it. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, readers don’t see past the first panel of LIO and don’t trouble themselves to try to understand the gag, so strong is their outrage at the first image. In my sometimes clumsy attempts to reveal the darker sides of our imaginations I’m often misunderstood. But that goes with the territory.

PS… Hey, Eric, when are you going back to the RETURN OF THE SUNDAY FUNNIES on Toontalk? We miss you, guy!

#20 markt
May/9/2007
@ 11:22 pm

Actually, that strip had nothing to do at all about suicide…it was more about how parents are prepared to believe the worst about our childrens’ intentions.

Look, everyday were hear on the news how our kids are having sex, or doing drugs, or playing the “pass out game”. We’re always on the lookout for the horrible things our kids are doing…because the news told us so, that’s why!

I’ll give you an example: my son is 17 years old and came running in the house one night after being out past his time. He ran right upstairs without saying the normal “I’m home”. Naturally, I expected the worse…he’s high and he’s running upstairs to hide his bong or needle. So I followed. He had gone into the bathroom and I knocked and asked suspiciously, “are you all right?” He answered, “yes, but I have diarrhea.” This statement was promply followed my an intestinal explosion that I wouldn’t want to hear twice in my life. Yes, the only drugs he had injested were from the local TACO BELL and he was paying the price. Thankfully, he couldn’t see the sheepish look on my face as I turned away, but I think I successfully captured it on “Dad” as he realizes LIO’s true intent. So the strip was really about parental paranoia. And that’s it. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, readers don’t see past the first panel of LIO and don’t trouble themselves to try to understand the gag, so strong is their outrage at the first image. In my sometimes clumsy attempts to reveal the darker sides of our imaginations I’m often misunderstood. But that goes with the territory.

PS… Hey, Eric, when are you going back to the RETURN OF THE SUNDAY FUNNIES on Toontalk? We miss you, guy!

#21 Craig Boldman
May/10/2007
@ 12:52 pm

Mark – Where does Rachel say Tatulli shouldn’t have freedom of expression? (Answer: Nowhere.) Your rant doesn’t really apply.

#22 Craig Boldman
May/10/2007
@ 6:52 am

Mark – Where does Rachel say Tatulli shouldn’t have freedom of expression? (Answer: Nowhere.) Your rant doesn’t really apply.

#23 Eric Burke
May/11/2007
@ 3:12 am

Mark T., I’m flattered and surprised to know that you read my Sunday Funnies Review® over at Toon Talk! I started that thread years ago to pay homage to the cartoonists that appear to put more effort into making Sunday Funnies the main reason to buy a Sunday paper. The Norm, Non Sequitur and Rudy Park were my original inspirations, later joine by Barkeater Lake, The Hots and currently Pearls Before Swine and my current fav, Lio.

And I just realized…we have TWO Burke’s posting in one thread! WHOO-HOOO! We’re representin!

Mark, i just posted a new SFR entry, so go and enjoy!

I don’t know how to post a link here, so cut and paste your way to a good time!:
http://p100.ezboard.com/fbellcartoonscommunitygeneralcomicscartoondiscussion.showMessageRange?topicID=1751.topic&start=26&stop=40

And Rachel, you’re invited too…I’ll even be your hot date! Just watch those hands, I’m not a cheap hussy…until I’ve had a few beers at least…

#24 Eric Burke
May/10/2007
@ 9:12 pm

Mark T., I’m flattered and surprised to know that you read my Sunday Funnies Review® over at Toon Talk! I started that thread years ago to pay homage to the cartoonists that appear to put more effort into making Sunday Funnies the main reason to buy a Sunday paper. The Norm, Non Sequitur and Rudy Park were my original inspirations, later joine by Barkeater Lake, The Hots and currently Pearls Before Swine and my current fav, Lio.

And I just realized…we have TWO Burke’s posting in one thread! WHOO-HOOO! We’re representin!

Mark, i just posted a new SFR entry, so go and enjoy!

I don’t know how to post a link here, so cut and paste your way to a good time!:
http://p100.ezboard.com/fbellcartoonscommunitygeneralcomicscartoondiscussion.showMessageRange?topicID=1751.topic&start=26&stop=40

And Rachel, you’re invited too…I’ll even be your hot date! Just watch those hands, I’m not a cheap hussy…until I’ve had a few beers at least…

#25 Mary Groethe
February/1/2010
@ 8:03 pm

I love Lio, very creative. Makes me realize we don’t need to be so uptight.

#26 Mary Groethe
February/1/2010
@ 2:03 pm

I love Lio, very creative. Makes me realize we don’t need to be so uptight.

#27 Garey Mckee
February/2/2010
@ 3:34 am

Whooaaaaa Time warp!

#28 Garey Mckee
February/1/2010
@ 9:34 pm

Whooaaaaa Time warp!

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