Lio by Mark Tatulli for December 24, 2009

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    margueritem  almost 14 years ago

    Thank you for telling us what happened to Mom. I’ve long wondered.

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    Turnbloom creator almost 14 years ago

    Gotta love this strip.

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    John Reiher Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Brings a tear to the eye.

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    lombre  almost 14 years ago

    Awwwww… Poor little Lio. Not even all the creepity crawlities in the world can really make up for something like that.

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    Sisyphos  almost 14 years ago

    Awww. Such a good boy! Rest in eternal peace, Mom!

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    batcweiss  almost 14 years ago

    Thanks Mark. You are the best. I always wondered what happened to Lio’s Mom.

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    batcweiss  almost 14 years ago

    Would have been better if Lio’s Dad was with him.

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    cutiepie29  almost 14 years ago

    Awww. Sniff Love ya’, Mom

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    Kamino Neko  almost 14 years ago

    :( But sweet.

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    Willows Dream Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    I feel you Lio, I miss my Mom too. ;_;

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    comYics  almost 14 years ago

    Wow, very thoughtful. Way to go Lio.

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    drsenbei  almost 14 years ago

    it’s so cute!!!

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    cdward  almost 14 years ago

    It is touching. And I bet Dad goes there plenty often – with and without Lio.

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    Canadian_Chameleon  almost 14 years ago

    Thanks, Mark. This strip helps those of us who are missing loved ones over the holidays.

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    MichaelG450  almost 14 years ago

    Best. Strip. Ever.

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    dibuonos  almost 14 years ago

    Nice touch!

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    ValerieG  almost 14 years ago

    Love this strip more and more each day!

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    WillardMBaker  almost 14 years ago

    Now we know WHERE Lio’s Mother is. We don’t know WHAT happened. Accident? Illness? Died giving birth? Whatever the cause of death might be, it’s very sad that Lio’s Mother isn’t with the family, especially at Christmas.

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    psychlyst  almost 14 years ago

    Touche’ Mark…

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    eksteen  almost 14 years ago

    Beautiful, such admirable restraint, to tell us now and this way. Thank you, Mark. We love you, Lio.

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    Skeezeeks  almost 14 years ago

    A great mind is usually one that has lost someone dear to them early on.

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    Lyons Group, Inc.  almost 14 years ago

    Willard, it’s what my elders told me when I was a young lad: “When you’re done living on this side, then it’s time for the good lord to take you onto the other side.” For those of who are atheists, scoff all you want!

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    preppygator  almost 14 years ago

    This is why I love this strip, it can be so very silly but also it can be so touching at times

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    lamourdelafantom  almost 14 years ago

    no my darling Muse is the athiest I am a pagan and i think it’s all the same god energy. different cultures gave it different names over the years. what gets me is why people want to commercialize it or fight over thier right to thier name for it being the only one that’s right.

    beautifully wrought mark. i’ll be looking patiently forward to when you choose to reveal the HOW. (my guess is childbirth)

    happy/merry whatever random holiday your society celebrates and if it’s one of the expensive ones blessings upon your pocketbooks.

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    Wildcard24365  almost 14 years ago

    Peace be with you.

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    chekmate2 Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Thanks, Mark! Merry Christmas!!

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    ForeverAllstar  almost 14 years ago

    Merry Christmas Mark and thank you.

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    ferretface99  almost 14 years ago

    Mom’s not a zombie? What the heck?

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    kfaatz925  almost 14 years ago

    Lovely, Mark. And Mom can know (at least I think she can) that Lio’s thinking about her, which is a gift in itself.

    @lafantom: cheers!

    Happy Christmas Eve, all. :)

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    Plods with ...™  almost 14 years ago

    Mark - Please issue a tissue alert when you do something like this.

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    thetraveller4  almost 14 years ago

    To all those who want to know how: Truth is, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we know she passed away….when, why or how won’t change that fact. And I agree with all, this strip is the best! Brought a tear to my eye too!

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    caucel  almost 14 years ago

    I think that is the first time in this comic that Mark tellus about Lios mother.

    Hey guys, dont need being sad, see Lio face, him is smiling.

    (cdward said, about 4 hours ago

    ¨It is touching. And I bet Dad goes there plenty often – with and without Lio.¨)

    I think that you are rigth. I think that was really tough for dad. :(.

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    conean  almost 14 years ago

    Nothing new to add. Just weighing in to testify. This may be the best strip ever. Not just “Lio”, but any…I don’t even know what you’d call it but, comic certainly doesn’t describe it.

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    caucel  almost 14 years ago

    pd: MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR ALL LIO FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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    Ursula A Kehoe Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    I think this explains why Lio is the way he is. Bravo, Mark, Bravissimo!

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    xangatom  almost 14 years ago

    Merry Christmas, Mark <3

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    myhaircut  almost 14 years ago

    Aw. That got me all teary. So sweet.

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    Kosher71  almost 14 years ago

    Good boy .

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    sk8trmom51  almost 14 years ago

    That is so poignant–and reminds me of how many kids are facing a holiday without a mom or dad, either because of military duty or for the same reason Lio is. Thanks, Mark, for the reminder.

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    Durak Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    I think I’ll go call my Mom. Thanks Mark. Merry Christmas everyone!

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    ineza Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Thanks for showing some of the real Christmas other little ones go through….how melancholy.

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    Sugie63  almost 14 years ago

    This makes you appreciate the lo ved ones who are still with us. Hug someone everyday. MERRY CHRISTMAS hug,hug,hug

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    admiralbrown  almost 14 years ago

    Poor Lio, I’ve never quite understood you and yet I see you everyday. Now I see a reason for why you are the way you are. There is still hope because you remember Mom and brought her flowers. And to batcweiss, this was a much better strip with Lio going alone, he lives his life mostly alone with his creatures real and imaginary. His dad doesn’t understand him. If he had gone with his dad we would have wondered if it was Lio’s idea or his dad’s idea to visit the grave.

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    jguerr3  almost 14 years ago

    That is so sad. Lio is such a good boy.

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    F10  almost 14 years ago

    I too am glad to know what happened to Lio’s mother. How very sad!!!! Bless you Lio!

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    RioBravo  almost 14 years ago

    My eyes!! My eyes!!

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    ninmas  almost 14 years ago

    I LOVE YOU LIO!!!!

    merry christmas eve!!!

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    Tina Coughlin  almost 14 years ago

    What a quirky little sweetheart!

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    Digital Frog  almost 14 years ago

    Very nicely done Mark.

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    oboemeow  almost 14 years ago

    Aww, I love you, Lio!

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    TikiCarol  almost 14 years ago


    Best strip in the history of print media.

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    Photobug12  almost 14 years ago

    Thanks Mark,

    That will be me tomorrow except it is my Dad that I will be visiting. (May 2009) Like those comments above, it’s nice to see a strip that remembers that some of us will be remembering loved ones that are gone this Christmas in this way.


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    chinook2  almost 14 years ago

    Good boy, Lio

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    jasperjones2009  almost 14 years ago

    This is a great strip. RIP Mrs. Lio.

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    Starbossa_1341  almost 14 years ago

    To Mark and everyone who reads this: May God bless you and yours abundantly this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

    My prayers are with those who are missing loved ones this holiday season. May God surround you with comfort, love, and peace.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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    duncman  almost 14 years ago

    It’s amazing just how much can be expressed without any words.

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    Slinam  almost 14 years ago

    I’m there with you, Lio. I miss my mom, too.

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    ElderSoup  almost 14 years ago

    Mark, that was powerful stuff — Thank you.

    Merry Christmas!!

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    SandyRoss- Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Wow…, just Wow…sniff, sniff…waahhh..I miss my mom too!

    Merry Christmas!

    And to the regulars such as Marg, Doctor Toon, Sisyphos and rac0308 (and many others)..I don’t comment often, but I always enjoy reading your comments! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..

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    sthakrar  almost 14 years ago

    Awww, so sad. This strip made me tear up.

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    tgrfemme  almost 14 years ago

    Thank you, Mark - this is simply wonderful.

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    phillipbee  almost 14 years ago

    This strip made me finally register - I had to say how touching I found this strip! Beautiful.

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    Random Lurker Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Very nice, and unexpected.

    I want to know what he got for Cousin Bubbles though.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    I always wondered about his mother…

    This is a good Christmas strip for Lio.

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    Quantumtorpedo1  almost 14 years ago

    Dear Mr. Tatulli:

    Thank you for your touching strip. We really do not need to know how or why Lio’s mom passed away. just that he thinks of her in a loving manner.

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    billdi Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    thanks mark. this is the best strip going…got to wipe my eyes and blow my nose now…

    to all: merry christmas!

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    akshanon  almost 14 years ago

    A very heartfelt strip today.Thank you. A lot of the comments made me think of The Eskimo Legend.

    The Eskimo Legend Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, But rather openings, where our loved ones shine down, To let us know They are happy.

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    ChukLitl Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Dad’s watching, & this is why he puts up with so much. They couldn’t go together because they’d just cry on eachother. Been there.

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    Cackles  almost 14 years ago

    @Josh 1360 - Way to drag your petty bias into a simple, touching moment.

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    Trisha_Evenstar  almost 14 years ago

    thi is such an amazing strip, thanks for telling us about his mom. <3

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    rhutch436  almost 14 years ago

    Wow…Mark really does have a heart…I think I’ll go visit my Mom’s grave now…

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    pinkdryad Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    what a wonderful strip! thank you mark and merry Christmas! btw, i know it isn’t keeping with the melancholy mood of the strip, but i wonder what lio got his cousin bubbles…

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    Jetplane_Builder  almost 14 years ago

    Number 1 comic from Lio

    Thanks to Mark

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    DorianKTB  almost 14 years ago

    Having just lost my own beloved mom recently (though my mom was much older than Lio’s mom would have been, and we had known she was on borrowed time), I could certainly relate. What a lovely, poignant strip. Beautifully done, Mark!

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    rdsheets  almost 14 years ago

    well done…period.

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    Alfazil  almost 14 years ago

    That is so sad, but still sweet.

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    elvisebels  almost 14 years ago

    Lio is that little kid that lives in us all. The imagination the adventurer, the unstoppable spirit ,, thanks Mark, for everything.

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    MattX  almost 14 years ago

    First time a comic strip has ever brought me to tears

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    craigwestlake  almost 14 years ago

    Good to see this strip isn’t always just funny; it has some depth to it also…

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    jestrfyl  almost 14 years ago

    Whow! So much is explained in so short a story. Genius indeed.

    Merry Christmas, Mark!

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    Templo S.U.D.  almost 14 years ago


    I went to see my mother on an afternoon walk a few days ago myself. Sure it’s far from the house, but at least I visited her.

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    nmbarri Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    thats so sad. I am new to reading Lio, so this kinda caught me off guard.

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    Lyons Group, Inc.  almost 14 years ago

    My apologies for that bias remark this morning. But let’s just say that Mark Tatulli has put to rest (no pun intended) about what became of Lio’s mother. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Mark, and to both of your strips, Heart Of The City and Lio.

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    whitecarabao  almost 14 years ago

    Mark, with four little panels (plus the earlier lead-in) you have told a story worthy of a great novel. Congratulations.

    What more can I say? sniff

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    nhliofan  almost 14 years ago

    Yes, yes, needed tissue alert for this one. I LOVE Lio!

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    pookygirl Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Whoa, I didn’t see that coming and now I’ve a huge lump in my throat. Poor little Lio. I wanna give him a hug.

    Mark you are indeed a gifted observer/commentator of life.

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    SallyLin   almost 14 years ago

    Mark, you touched us all today. Much love from me to you, and to all who posted.

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    brotherlo  almost 14 years ago

    i never saw it coming and i will never interpret lio’s actions in the same way again. no comic strip in my many years of reading comic strips ever hit as hard as this one. unbelievable. from now on, every time lio does something crazy, i will think of todays strip.

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    uncleack  almost 14 years ago

    thanks for making me laugh for 364 days and cry for one. I take my mom an orange every christmas because back in the ‘20’s, that was her favorite gift growing up on the farm in canada

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    LarryNelson  almost 14 years ago

    Mark - You said so much in this one strip. Thank you.

    May everyone have a Merry Christmas, however you choose to celebrate.

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    Mary Finkelstein Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    This may be the best Christmas comic strip panel I have ever seen. Merry Christmas, Mark! Thanks for making us laugh and making us cry.

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    lamourdelafantom  almost 14 years ago

    thanks kfaatz :)

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    MacTavish  almost 14 years ago

    Thank you. As someone who lost my dad when I was a kid, I’ve always kept the Father’s Day comic from Heart in the City, where Heart givers her mom flowers for the occasion. Now I will keep this Lio comic also. Well played, Mark, well played. (~in memory of Liam, 1979-2009~)

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    rokusky  almost 14 years ago

    I’m just signing in to say:


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    BlitzMcD  almost 14 years ago

    What an absolute heartbreaker. And one that obviously many can relate to in one way or another. Truly the best single installment of this strip, ever.

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    PiesGunski  almost 14 years ago

    Mr. Tatulli,

    A most poignant strip. It captured the breadth of feelings that the holidays bring out.

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    OpenWings  almost 14 years ago

    …….beautiful. Thanks Mark.

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    kymson  almost 14 years ago

    wow, never saw that coming…..shows what a sweet kid he really is.

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    SaveOftenX3  almost 14 years ago

    i know what you mean Lio i miss mine too :(

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    Opivy29  over 13 years ago

    God bless Lio

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    joylion  about 13 years ago

    Poor lio….so sad! :( I LOVE U MOM!

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    Razzie  almost 13 years ago

    Never EVER saw this coming Its pretty sad.

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    WSR  almost 13 years ago

    Lio is a very good boy that just happens to like different things; and there’s not a thing wrong with that.

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    Squeaksis  over 12 years ago

    May God bless all children without their parents on Christmas Day!

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    WhatTheFrenchToast  over 12 years ago

    RIP Loio’s mom.this made me cry a little.

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    Comic Minister Premium Member over 12 years ago

    Too bad Eva never found out.

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    L  almost 7 years ago

    Lucky me! Turning 70 this week and still have my mom. She’s still healthy and sound of mind!

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    rgcviper  almost 7 years ago

    An interesting, and moving, strip, since I hadn’t known about Lio’s mom. What a nice way to honor her, too, Lio. Well done.

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    prematch  almost 5 years ago

    Very touching

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    The Ever-Convenient Object's Shopping Mall  about 4 years ago

    Knowing Lio, in panel 5 a skeleton hand is going to reach out and grab it.

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    Pet my cat over USA Premium Member about 3 years ago

    T_T I want to cry. T_T

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    The_bunny_guy  about 3 years ago

    I want to cry right now :(

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    jr1234  over 2 years ago

    Today, 5 22 2021, Jerry gave us this link.

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