TRUE SWAMP by Jon Lewis

About True Swamp

TRUE SWAMP is an ongoing comics series written and drawn by Jon Lewis.  Five issues were published by SLG in 1993 and 1994; these have just been collected by Uncivilized Books in a deluxe hardcover edition with bonus material and carefully restored art. Next followed two giant-size specials from Alternative Comics in 2000 and 2001 (Underwoods And Overtime and Stoneground And Hillbound).  The earliest issues were awarded a grant from the Xeric Foundation in 1993; in 2000, True Swamp: Underwoods And Overtime was listed in’s Ten Best Comics Of The Year, and 2001’s True Swamp: Stoneground And Hillbound received an Ignatz Award nomination for Best Single Issue.

The abovementioned comics focused on Lenny the Frog and his close acquaintances. This comics blog, which is also collected periodically in printed form by Uncivilized Books, comprises the new Third Act of True Swamp, with a more synoptic approach than before, wherein we follow the doings of numerous swamp characters in single page vignettes, jumping from this thread to that.  Some of these are within the familiar ‘Lenny & Friends’ axis, others not, but don’t be surprised to see things get all tangled up pretty soon. A helpful Field Guide for the novice is also provided.



  1. Welcome back to one of my favorite comics.
    I’m very glad you’re doing new comics.

    And if I may ask one thing: could you please upload larger pictures? The current ones are a bit hard to read for me. I guess I’m not getting any younger.

    Comment by François — April 22, 2010 @ 11:55 am

  2. Hi Francois– didn’t you send me a tape of Philip Glass’ Northstar back in the 90s? I definitely remember corresponding with you during the Spectacles series.

    I am working on the size problem, so you’ll be able to click through and see a bigger image. I’m a total novice at web stuff (unless it involves finding music downloads in which case I’m a great wizard) so thanks for bearing with me.

    Comment by joncroaker — April 22, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

  3. Yes, that’s me. You’ve got a good memory, and I still love Glass’s music :)

    And thanks for working on the page size.

    Comment by François — April 24, 2010 @ 3:34 am

  4. Hello Jon,

    Glad to see this wonderful and unique comic is still being produced. Still scouting around for issues of your other stuff.
    Hope all is well with you and yours.


    Comment by Dennis Berg — August 3, 2010 @ 6:44 am

  5. Hi Jon,

    I bought all of the original True Swamps as they came out and still, these many years later, consider it one of the most unique and enjoyable comics I have read.
    I just looked up your name on a whim just now and found your site. I wish you the best and will be check back regularly.

    Thank You for the work,

    Comment by david kavin — August 12, 2011 @ 10:56 am

  6. Hello
    I found Issues 1-5 of True Swamp at the ThoughtBubble convention in Leeds. They were in a ’50p each’ crate-dig-through stand. Best find and purchase of the day without a doubt. Superbien that you are still working. Look forward to seeing your more recent endeavours!

    Comment by markwoff — November 28, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    • Nice! I’d have bought them myself in that situation, given how few copies I have.

      I am working on ‘curation’ of the pages from that original 5 issue run now (de-muddying, touchups where the art has aged poorly) with an eye towards a new collected edition, this in addition of course to the new material…

      Comment by joncroaker — November 28, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  7. Jon, I am so glad to see that TRUE SWAMP is making its way out into the world again, now in a sweet-looking hardcover. Like many other commenters here, I can truthfully say that your early issues blew my mind. I’m looking forward to tracking down the reprints and your more recent work.

    Comment by Mark — November 20, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

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