It must be exhausting to be a monster, what with everyone expecting you to be frightening and angry all the time. Patrick Dean, however, draws pictures of monsters in their more casual moments, taking seaside walks, enjoying a quiet smoke and romancing the ladies. His humans, on the other hand, are often entrenched in moments of crime and mystery.

Dean posts many of his Big Deal Comics and his comics for Athens, Georgia's Flagpole Magazine on his Tumblr and Blogger blogs. The most recent installment from Big Deal Comics is a wonderfully observed account of a few moments in the history of a relationship. And his recent comic story The Grizzly is up at Study Group Comics.