TRUE SWAMP by Jon Lewis

April 20, 2011

THE ANOLE AND THE BOX

Filed under: Comics (click to enlarge) — joncroaker @ 10:40 pm

I’m quite worn out from my Portland trip, so how about another dip into the vault?  ‘The Anole And The Box’ was created for True Swamp vol. 1 no. 5 in 1995.  That issue comprised four short stories, the conceit being that these were folktales collected from the animals of the swamp and adapted for the comics medium.  This was the longest of the four, and sheds particular light on the values of Natural Science (propounded more recently in these pages by Minster Sucremont).

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5 Comments »

  1. This story is one of the big highlights of the early non-Lenny material. The ideas and storytelling and drawings are imaginative and glorious.

    Comment by Tom Hart — April 21, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  2. Really, a beautiful story. I confess that my favorite moment is “What the shit?”

    Comment by Jason Little — April 21, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  3. Just plain awesome. Also educational: I hadn’t known there were squid in Florida.

    But what happened to the girlfriend?

    Comment by Hob — April 21, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    • Re: squid, True Swamp has never bothered with geographical accuracy. There are also kiwis in it! It’s like a palimpsest of wild places (I used “palimpsest”, please give me my $5).

      Comment by joncroaker — April 21, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

      • Oh, I just figured you were in Florida– there are Caribbean reef squid there. Apparently there are also squid in Minnesota– they work here.

        Here’s $5:

        Comment by Hob — April 22, 2011 @ 1:01 pm


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