Dear Creature by Jonathan Case

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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!


About Jonathan Case

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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 Case's first book.
Published October 11, 2011 by Tor Books. 192 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction

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A mutant submariner pines for a surface girl trapped in a prison of her own making.

Sep 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Dear Creature

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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.

Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Dear Creature


Portland author and illustrator Jonathan Case probably has a quick pitch handy when asked what his new book Dear Creature is about, but it's doubtful if there's any one sentence that can capture everything about the story.

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Book Reporter

Jonathan Case makes an impressive and witty debut in Dear Creature, a funny and moving tale of deep-sea wit and maybe a little gore.

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Portland Book Review

A graphic novel is a story that is written using comic strips that have been combined to form one book.

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