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The Pitiful Human Lizard has Arrived

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Toronto’s newest superhero accidentally trashes the Royal Ontario Museum. And although the ROM is my favourite place in Toronto, I enjoyed every page turning moment.

Here are some pages from the successfully-funded Kickstarter for Jason Loo’s The Pitiful Human Lizard:

© Jason Loo

All of the cityscapes are wonderfully recognizable as Toronto. © Jason Loo

Running in through the ROM's new Crystal entrance. © Jason Loo

Nooo!! © Jason Loo

No!!! Not the Platycarpus coryphaeus! As a kid I spent hours one birthday hanging out with that old mosasaur and the Trinacromerum kirki plesiosaur in their previous home, an undersea display that had ocean mammal sounds and rippling aqua lighting. Loo, you monster.

The issue was a treat to read. I confess I am not the biggest indie comic book fan (I know, it’s weird right?  I feel like I should be) but The Pitiful Human Lizard hit all the right beats.

The artwork is rich and detailed, and Loo has an energetic, clearly readable narrative style. I never felt lost, and the rich Toronto backdrop  grounded its sense of place. The story quickly fills out the character’s world, and instead of another superhero who escapes the daily grind when they don tights, we see one still struggling just as much when engaged in his heroics.

Loo is hard at work on the second one and I can’t wait. This book is totally fun. Museum fans, comic fans get your mitts on one. Even if he does trash a couple of my favourite fossils.

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Tonight, Friday 30th May at 7:00pm there’s a Pitiful Human Lizard Launch Party at Toronto’s famous Silver Snail comic shop. More events are coming up and you can find out about them on The Pitiful Human Lizard’s Facebook Page.


Showing off my signed copy and Lee’s Palace print from the Kickstarter backing:


© Jason Loo

Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. Prairie Dog 4:43 am 06/3/2014

    My wife & I just returned from our second vacation in Toronto. We didn’t happen to meet the Pitiful Human Lizard while at the ROM, though. Now I wish we had delayed our visit so we could have been at the intro.

    FWIW, we think Toronto is one of North America’s five greatest cities (except for the drivers. who are almost as insane as my homies, Massachusetts drivers).

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