October 2011

Seattle Book Reading/Signing

Tomorrow night (October 25th), I’ll be up in Seattle doing a book reading/signing for Dear Creature at the University Bookstore. Stop on by for a brief lecture on monsterism, accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the book!

Here are the details, from the University Bookstore site:

Tuesday • October 25 • 7pm

Dear Creature by Jonathan Case
Jonathan Case

Dear Creature (TOR)

Reading & Book Signing

Comic artist Jonathan Case’s Dear Creature follows the story of Grue, a deep sea monster whose exposure to Shakespeare has opened his heart and made him yearn to join the humans on the surface. There, a woman named Giulietta waits for her prayers to be answered in this love story like none you have ever read before.

Please Note: Autographed copies of books are only available after the event.

And, for those that didn’t get to see the book trailer over the weekend, here it is again (THIS TIME with the web address at the end— Thanks, Steve!)

Book Trailer for Dear Creature, More Reviews!

Here’s a book trailer for Dear Creature! I hear tell there are more on the way, too. At the risk of sounding mundo pretentious, this one is Kubrick-ish. You’ll see.

Also, a few more great reviews:

Dear Creature:

“… Whimsical, weird and wonderfully made.”

—Behold the Geek

Dear Creature does pretty much everything right. It captures the essence of a 50′s monster movie. It works as a love story, as a tragedy and as a Shakespearean drama …”

—Panels on Pages

Green River Killer:

“… Sticks with you … It’s so rare to have a ripped from the headlines, true life comic come out, and it’s fantastic it’s of this high quality.”

—Graphic Policy

New Page for Praise/Reviews

This season has been full of great press for Dear Creature and Green River Killer, so I’ve organized it in an easily accessible page here on the site. Here are a couple of the more recent items:

Dear Creature:

“… Surpasses many of the comics and graphic novels being published today … An excellent book, far better than an author/artist’s debut graphic novel has any right to be.”


“… A perfect marriage of storytelling and artA stunning debut graphic novel mixing an inventive mutant creature story with retro comic realism.”

—Shelf Awareness

Dear Creature, the debut novel from Jonathan Case is pretty much perfect. A witty and sweet mashup of old monster comics and ill-fated love stories, you should buy it if you have the chance.”



Green River Killer:

“Read this one with the lights on.”

—G4 Attack of the Show Feature

“…Strong stuff that can stand with the best true-crime stories in any medium.”

—The Onion A.V. Club


For the full rundown of love for these books, head here.

Launch Party Pics and Upcoming Events

Dear Creature’s launch party this last Friday was an enormous success, and great fun. Lots of cookies. Lots of friends and new readers. Even a seaweed-wrapped bottle of bubbly— one of the coolest gifts I’ve received, for sure. Many thanks to Michael and Lucas at Bridge City Comics for being fantastic hosts, and to Sarah and my family for helping out with the details.

We also had copies of Green River Killer, and a limited art print (the one by my elbow… I think they still have a few, so go snatch them up!).

There was even Kiki Cola.

Christian Lipski over at Examiner.com gave a nice writeup on the event.

This week, I have a signing/event at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, so please swing by if you’re in Portland and couldn’t make it to the party! That starts at 7:30PM.

Also, I’m going to be doing a Twitter chat with a couple of other Tor authors on Wednesday from 1—2 PM Pacific Time. Hashtag is #TorChat.


More Praise for Dear Creature

A couple more great reviews for Dear Creature:

“Dear Creature is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.”

—James Ferguson, Horrortalk

“By combining excellent character development with superlative dialog, and a heartfelt emotional arc, Case has written one of the best novels I have read in years. And yes, that is novels as opposed to graphic novels.

And I think that it should be on everybody’s short-list for the Eisner award.”

—Chris Modzelewski, The King of Elfland’s 2nd Cousin