It’s time for me to officially announce the most exciting single publication my work has ever seen. Last week, I completed the panel-by-panel restoration of all my art for the original, five-issue TRUE SWAMP series (drawn 1992-1994, published 1994-1995). I’ve just finished my Afterword, and the Foreword and Critical Introduction are coming in from Ed Brubaker and Charles Hatfield. It’s pretty much put to bed. It’s…
200 pages, 7” x 10”, Hardcover, $19.95
Published by Uncivilized Books, Minneapolis MN
Available at retail this November!
If you’re a human being, you can pre-order a copy HERE.
If you’re a bookstore, then god bless you– and please order from Consortium Distribution HERE.
This is the deepest I’ve been buried in these pages since I actually drew them 20 years ago. It’s been pretty intense. I feel okay saying that these were the most urgently felt comics I’ve ever made. I have other perspectives to bring to TRUE SWAMP today, but there’d be no one around to appreciate them if not for the vivid fever of its first creation.
So, what do I mean by ‘restored’? Did I redraw stuff? No. My digital enemies were faded lines, smudges, white details half-swallowed by adjacent blacks, that kind of thing. I pretty much left the art alone otherwise. The most significant work I had to do was in the lettering. It wasn’t equal to my art in those days, and my sense of spacing was quite poor. So a great deal of 2012 has consisted of me grabbing words and nudging them further apart from each other in order to greet the eye more readily. These stories have never looked or read better than they do in this volume.
As a bonus appendix, I’m including the original minicomic-only version of True Swamp #1 in all its raw, congested murk. The art is completely different from what came out in the mass-printed #1. There’s also the four-page Hale story from Dark Horse Presents and the ten-page The Anole and the Box, which I consider a high water mark for my art of this era.
I’m going to be saying a lot more about this book in the coming weeks—and finally getting back to drawing new comics about our unhappy little vertebrates, thank god—so I’ll shut up for now. Spread the word, if you don’t mind.