True Swamp by Jon Lewis

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gonna try to come by and continue to quietly crush on gaby and loudly talk shit with you
i should make you a lenny or hale cup sometime

I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 April 2013 17:55 (seven years ago) link

tree stump cup!

Jopy's on a vacation far away (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 3 April 2013 18:01 (seven years ago) link

I wish I could make it but not this year. But I'm totally brining my snazzy hard cover for personalization on my next trip to New York.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 18:07 (seven years ago) link

Lemme know! WKIW.

I'm also gonna be at TCAF next month.

Jopy's on a vacation far away (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 3 April 2013 18:10 (seven years ago) link

I hope to hit New York before the end of the year. Will definitely drop you a line when it happens.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 18:26 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

i got that! it's great. also saw it prominently placed, face-out, at a barnes & noble in harvey, louisiana.

adam, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:47 (seven years ago) link

That is a very solid review. Kudos.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:47 (seven years ago) link

I saw it at Malaprops in Asheville last weekend.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 18:48 (seven years ago) link

Yeah that review was good for my heart b/c tcj never reviewed True Swamp back in the print mag era.

Btw, not gonna make it to TCAF after all :( but there's a good chance I'll be going to CAKE in Chicago in June.

Moron Tabernacle Chior (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 2 May 2013 12:44 (seven years ago) link

tcj never reviewed True Swamp back in the print mag era.

surely this isn't correct

charli.xlsx (sic), Thursday, 2 May 2013 23:02 (seven years ago) link

I would be happy to be proved wrong about that but I'm pretty certain... Definitely not during the original run.

Moron Tabernacle Chior (Jon Lewis), Friday, 3 May 2013 00:36 (seven years ago) link

I think I read at least a columnated review if not a feature. UFL's index only goes up to #142 though (Arnold Roth ish, 1991)...

charli.xlsx (sic), Friday, 3 May 2013 02:02 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Got my copy of Choose Your Poison last week -- this thing is cool as hell! Diving into this world is like a straight injection of O_O.

What makes a man shart fire? (WilliamC), Monday, 20 May 2013 10:50 (seven years ago) link


Working on two stories for two anthologies right now. Both of them are process-driven anthologies with 'play' between the contributors built in. Dense and fun. Back to TS after this.

Super bummed about the demise of Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Fest.

2 huxtables and a sousaphone (Jon Lewis), Monday, 20 May 2013 22:53 (seven years ago) link

sounds like it's messy
i get the sense someone with money is gonna figure out how to make this work. clearly, there's an audience. Maybe fanta will invest?

klaus dingeldore's rhinelander monkey keeper father (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:48 (seven years ago) link

that would be insane, they are on the other side of the continent and in no position to commit

there are plenty of other indie-ish conventions in NYC these days; if MOCCA continues to improve and thrive under its new ownership then there may be no notable gap in the market - is billyk still doing programming for SPX too?

¬╡▫ ▫╞⌠ (sic), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 07:26 (seven years ago) link

I can't remember if he's still working with spx or not.

Bill and Gabe are both friends and both capable of plenty stubbornness. I dunno any more detail than what's in that tcj article. I feel like Gabe should just keep doing the exact same show, change the name to Desert Island Comics Festival to obviate this conflict, the end.

2 huxtables and a sousaphone (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 23:35 (seven years ago) link

i haven't been to MOCCA before, but just looking at the guests, exhibitors, and post-show reactions, it is waaaaay off of where it was a few years ago. maybe new yorkers disagree with this perception? it seems like it isn't just new york that's contributing to this new crop of outstanding indie festivals - minneapolis, chicago, LA, portland, and seattle all have them. (and bethesda, MD of course.) the only city with a high density of cartoonists that is incapable of putting on a good festival is san francisco.

gabe hinted on facebook that he might just start another show from scratch. it's a shame, since i have a lot of respect for all three of those guys, and no one came out of that article looking good.

eh mec, elle est ou ma caisse? (ytth), Friday, 24 May 2013 05:22 (seven years ago) link

This year's Mocca felt much more professional and worth it than the previous... three or so? years. The Society of Illustrators has taken it over and they did a good job. BUT the table price was yet again more expensive than the previous year, which was already ridic expensive. I heard chatter that they were already locked into the Armory for this year's show and that they will switch venues for next year. Maybe that will enable a reduction in table price, I dunno. Anyway it's never gonna be a replacement for BCGF.

On the posi side, Gabe just signed a new 5 year lease on the store, which was something that was up in the air/touch and go for months.

2 huxtables and a sousaphone (Jon Lewis), Friday, 24 May 2013 15:17 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Is it okay that I'm disappointed that you aren't doing the graphic novel with John Lewis? Not that your style would be exactly what the civil rights legend is looking for, but the continual John/Jon mixups would have been fun.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 8 June 2013 22:30 (seven years ago) link

Ha! I have a book signed by John Lewis (and I met him! He's very nice) so clearly I should be trying harder to get a signed Jon Lewis on my shelf?!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 8 June 2013 23:07 (seven years ago) link


EZ Snappin, Saturday, 8 June 2013 23:20 (seven years ago) link

Now only the leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet and the British retail titan lack graphic novels!

2 huxtables and a sousaphone (Jon Lewis), Monday, 10 June 2013 01:04 (seven years ago) link

I sense a team-up.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 10 June 2013 01:04 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

sorry about your CTS diagnosis Jon. would love to get you out to see a show in the park and buy you a slice of pizza, a scoopa icecream and a beer. just let me know.

sassy, fun, and RELATABLE (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 20 July 2013 03:19 (seven years ago) link

Thanks forks. I may just take you up on that.

Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Monday, 22 July 2013 12:07 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Great interview with Jon here:

EZ Snappin, Friday, 6 September 2013 23:33 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I am at my publisher's table at Brooklyn Book Festival. I am here to tell you that indie book publishers and authors are every bit as horrible and depressing and bile-wringing as indie comics ppl. The table next to us is two guys, one w long ponytail, one w small fedora, who write and publish novels about Blues bands. "All of our books have their own free streaming soundtracks" (&$&-]Y)723^<>]>

i believe we can c.h.u.d. all night (Jon Lewis), Sunday, 22 September 2013 16:52 (six years ago) link

The guy across the aisle puts out Shakespeare things and is juggling to attract attention to his table.

i believe we can c.h.u.d. all night (Jon Lewis), Sunday, 22 September 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

one year passes...


EZ Snappin, Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:16 (five years ago) link

yeah I have to be digitally nit-picking the artwork files for the 2000-2001 stuff for this. On the bright side, those pages are much more crisp/print-ready than the 90s stuff was, so it's not like a 6 hour per page ordeal. On the less bright side, this makes the task super boring.

As for brand-new work, it's really seeming like my inking days are over because of my elbow. New stuff is likely to be taken straight from my pencils/levels fucked with and solid blacks added in digital, like I did for the Klagen minicomic. I THINK I can still pencil if I don't press too hard.

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Friday, 19 December 2014 16:17 (five years ago) link

that's not so great, but this book is great! how exciting!

vigetable (La Lechera), Friday, 19 December 2014 16:20 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Just preordered as I wanted a copy of "Carl Barks Duck" from Uncivilized. Don't push back the release date!

As far as I know everything is on track! I turned in my author's afterword 2 weeks ago; it's a pretentious one even by my standards.

We didn't have anything obscure and cool like the original minicomic version of TS#1 to include in this volume, so I am doing something different for the bonus material, something which exists outside of and complements the book. More soon.

a date with density (Jon Lewis), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:51 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

sooooo, is this still getting finalized or... ?
I will ink your work very very cheap btw.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 June 2015 17:36 (five years ago) link

Uncivilized is reorganizing (in a good way-- augmenting its personnel-- I don't see any announcements online so I guess I shouldn't say more) but my book is delayed a bit as a result

Forks I was just thinking of you today, I wanna ask you about some stuff

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Monday, 29 June 2015 19:16 (five years ago) link

drop me a line. sorry the book is delayed.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 June 2015 20:26 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

Seattle area ilxors -- I will be in attendance for the opening of this 5-way show at my friend's gallery on cap hill which I more or less coordinated:

scarcity festival (Jon not Jon), Friday, 4 March 2016 17:30 (four years ago) link

Thanks forks. I may just take you up on that.

― Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Monday, July 22, 2013

take me up on this sometime!

ulysses, Friday, 4 March 2016 17:41 (four years ago) link

I will! I'm trying to cut out this dumb hermit bullshit this year!

scarcity festival (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 5 March 2016 00:03 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

So back in 2007, when Dark Horse was publishing an anthology series of comics derived from the imaginary Escapist comics embedded in Michael Chabon’s Kavalier & Clay, I sold a 21 page script for it to Diana Schutz which was then drawn colored & lettered by Marc Hempel; by the time the story was finished though, DH had cancelled the antho series and the 21-pager went into inventory. I saw it as digital files on marc’s laptop at a show that year - it looked gorgeous. Di said she hoped she could place it somewhere or other at some point (we got paid our page rates obv despite the piece getting inventoried).

Was at a couple friends’ signing event at desert island last night and poking around and noticed a new squarebound collection of that Escapist stuff. Thought hm what if, and was a bit floored to see me and marc’s story is included.

This came out in June - “Michael Chabon’s The Escapist: Pulse-pounding Thrills”.

It was really the tail end of me trying to making a living in the industry after my two year stint scripting at DC and then four or five years of floating lots of pitches all over the place to varying degrees of almost-but-not success. The good thing was by 2007 my scripting was in a pretty good place and the piece was personal enough and pro enough and probably the best commercial script I ever sold, much more in control than my DC stuff. I rammed classical music in there - the story revolves around a performance of one of Szymanowski’s violin concertos.

So it’s weird but nice that that’s finally in print. Does not look like the TPB has garnered any attention to speak of but it exists!

The main thing that happened with new work this year was the Sunday funnies page at - I was one of 5 cartoonists doing a page a week there (full color). (Me, Karen sneider, Tom hart, Megan kelso, Steven weissmann). I was really into this project and they were paying a legit page rate! Sadly no one was clicking the Sunday funnies page so after 8 weeks when popula started having their blockchain funding reversals and had to halve their comics budget, they killed Sunday funnies and just retained the self contained specially commissioned comics that run during the weekdays. I’m trying to divert the resulting thwarted creative momentum into getting some steam building up on new true swamp material which is probably what everyone (~20 ppl) would rather I be doing anyway, but JFC it is so goddamn nice to get paid for ones work (obviously an outmoded publishing model but it was great to have a nostalgic glimpse for a sec there!)

That’s the news. Gonna try’n draw this weekend.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 1 December 2018 17:07 (one year ago) link

ha, congrats on the escapist thing!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 2 December 2018 04:56 (one year ago) link

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