A newspaper comic by Mark Tatulli, revolving around the life of the titular character. Known for its lack of dialogue, unique storylines, and creepy protagonist. Plots revolve around the strange circumstances Lio gets into, usually with extremely dark punchlines. The comic is also known for frequently taking shots at other comic strips, both for one-offs and even occasionally longer storylines. The strip premiered in 2005It should be noted that Tatulli also writes another published comic strip, Heart of the City, which is far more mainstream.Can be seen in animated form here.
Friend to All Living Things: Lio loves and is loved by all animals, from monsters, to squids, to bunnies — although this does come with an awareness that some of his animal friends eat other animals or even humans, and a willingness to indulge their appetites. His tendency to automatically take the side of the animals in any animal vs. human situations does manage to backfire rather spectacularly on one occasion, when he's mugged by some baby ducks he just saved from a hunter.
Genre Busting: When you get right down to it, it's like nothing else in America. The closest it gets to "normal" is when it emulates Calvin And Hobbes, but it's just as likely to resemble a Victorian morality fable mixed with Surreal Horror.
Mr. Imagination: Lio, although it plays a smaller role in the strip than you might think. Almost all the weird stuff that happens is explicitly real — backed up by Word Of God — and it's nearly always completely unambiguous about the rare occasions where it isn't.
Nightmare Fetishist: Lio has a giant squid and a snake as pets. He tried to bring them to the school dance once.
Surreal Horror: Quite a lot of strips have a one-shot character appear as an Asshole Victim for two panels, then die in a bizarre and disturbing way in the third. Even the main characters are subject to random attacks by skeletons and leaf monsters, though Lio and Eva are Badass enough to outfight them, and Lio's father knows when to flee.
Take That: Repeatedly pokes fun at other comics. It's gone after Peanuts the most, likely out of response to an incident where Tatuli received hate mail when Lio replaced Peanuts reruns in one its papers. This◊ strip probably wins an award for the most Take Thats in the entire run, while this strip◊ is probably the most brutal assault on a single comic.