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ISBN13: 9780765331113
ISBN10: 076533111x
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Deep beneath the waves, a creature named Grue broods. He no longer wants to eat lusty beachgoers, no matter how their hormones call to him. A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider. After all, people are delicious! But this monster has changed. Grue found Shakespeare's plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart. Now he yearns to join the world above.

When his first attempt ends... poorly, Grue searches for the person who cast the plays into the sea. What he finds is love in the arms of Giulietta—a woman trapped in her own world. When she and Grue meet, Giulietta believes her prayers are answered. But people have gone missing and Giulietta's nephew is the prime suspect. With his past catching up to him, Grue must decide if becoming a new man means ignoring the monster he was.

Rising from a brine of drive-in pulp and gentle poetry, Jonathan Case's debut graphic novel Dear Creature is the love story you never imagined!

Review:

"This exuberantly weird comic novel succeeds in fusing '50s monster movies and the works of William Shakespeare. Grue, the atomic-mutant protagonist, has the body of the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the face of a Smiley button. He and his little crab buddies live by the beach, where they feed on hormone-saturated teenagers until the discovery of pages from the Bard's work, sealed in floating cola bottles, awakens Grue's dreams of poetic romance along with a knack for speaking in iambic pentameter. The woman willing to play Juliet to his Romeo is a middle-aged agoraphobe whose nephew is accused of murdering the missing teenagers. Case's b&w art sometimes stretches reality for humorous effect, but keeps even the strangest scenes from feeling merely grotesque. The script also generates a surprising amount of pathos for the lovers' doomed passion. Startlingly assured for a debut effort, the book is like Grue himself — unclassifiable but oddly charming. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

JONATHAN CASE writes and draws books in Portland, Oregon, as a member of Periscope Studio, the largest cooperative of comics creators in America. His work is featured in the Eisner award-winning Comic Book Tattoo, and has been lauded as some of the best show of new talent in comics. Dear Creature is Jonathan Cases first book.

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ryan stuart, April 6, 2012 (view all comments by ryan stuart)
swoon...

what a delightful graphic novel. who'd a thunk it: a sea monster man with a love of iambic pentameter, his three little crabby friends, an agoraphobic, and romance.

the art in this graphic novel is lovely, fluid, stark. each drawing is a miniature story in itself--each frame rewards an extended admiration. the author depicts his characters with a superb sense of embodied emotion--how anguish contorts the spine, how glee opens the expression, how love can make one beautiful. truly the work of an artist who has observed creatures minutely and with great compassion.

the words of the story are entirely dialogue--no exposition. it makes for great fun, filling in the blanks, making the connections. the author clearly respects his readers--no spoon-feeding here. and iambic pentameter! what fun he must have had writing it. at least as much fun as i did reading it.

as romances go, it's quite bent. but it is a romance, and a very satisfying one. i highly recommend reading this on the beach with some fried squid and a beach umbrella.
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Tim Lewis, November 19, 2011 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
Dear Creature is an enchanting visual story that said many profound things in so few pages, and it even left me with a greater appreciation for Shakespearean poetry. It is odd to use so many different words to describe something, but this story is dark, romantic, humorous, and inspiring all at the same time. There was just a true sense of humanity in every character that I hope to see more from Jonathan Case.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765331113
Author:
Case, Jonathan
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Science Fiction
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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Product details 192 pages Tor Books - English 9780765331113 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This exuberantly weird comic novel succeeds in fusing '50s monster movies and the works of William Shakespeare. Grue, the atomic-mutant protagonist, has the body of the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the face of a Smiley button. He and his little crab buddies live by the beach, where they feed on hormone-saturated teenagers until the discovery of pages from the Bard's work, sealed in floating cola bottles, awakens Grue's dreams of poetic romance along with a knack for speaking in iambic pentameter. The woman willing to play Juliet to his Romeo is a middle-aged agoraphobe whose nephew is accused of murdering the missing teenagers. Case's b&w art sometimes stretches reality for humorous effect, but keeps even the strangest scenes from feeling merely grotesque. The script also generates a surprising amount of pathos for the lovers' doomed passion. Startlingly assured for a debut effort, the book is like Grue himself — unclassifiable but oddly charming. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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