2000 AD 1327 & Grassface

2000 AD 1327 (2003)

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This issue of 2000 AD features the Swamp Thing parody known as Grassface! Grassface appeared in a few Bec and Kawl stories in the mid 2000s.
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Bec and Kawl
Enlightenment
by Simon Spurrier and Steve Roberts

Bec and Kawl summon the “dark and pagan dieti” Grassface.
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Bec wants to understand the meaning of the universe but will have to settle for a story.
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The Tundra Sketchbook Volume 3

The Tundra Sketchbook Volume 3- Michael Zulli
Noodles: Sketchbook Stuff, Random Drawings and Telephone Sqiggles

The last Tundra Sketchbook I wrote about featured Charles Vess. This volume focuses on the work of Michael Zulli. Most Swampy fans recognize his name and/or work from the unreleased Swamp Thing #88 “Morning of the Magician” along with his illustration of Swampy that was used on numerous editions, a poster and trading cards.
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The reluctant forward by Neil Gaiman is quite entertaining.
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The book features numerous sketches from throughout Zulli’s career but the one page I was extremely excited to share featured sketches from his lessons with Stephen Bisette. Apparently, to prep for his work on the Swampy title (that was never released), Zulli took a few pointers from Bissette on how to draw Swamp Thing.
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Here are some other great sketches from the book Continue reading “The Tundra Sketchbook Volume 3”

DC Universe Rebirth

DC Universe Rebirth #1 (2016)
The Clock is Ticking

DC’s Rebirth launched at midnight on Wednesday and I’ve been hearing favorable feedback. There was a great deal of excitement in the air during the late night release at my local comic shop and it carried into the early morning. I didn’t get to bed until 3am and even then, I wanted to stay up and write about the book. I enjoyed it and am very interested to see where it takes us.

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The book was released with two variant cover options. One was a midnight release variant and the other was a limited cover featuring the same midnight variant artwork but black and white.
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My favorite part of the book was seeing Swamp Thing, of course. I knew he appeared in the two-page spread/ad in the back of the book but I didn’t realize he was part of the story, albeit a small part. For a single panel and to provide some plot exposition, Constantine and Swamp Thing interact. We are given a very small glimpse into their conversation but it seems that they are talking about the New 52 timeline in mentioning, “Abby Arcane is lost to the dark side”
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A number of fellow comics fans have voiced their concerns regarding their favorite characters not having solo books. It will be interesting to see how DC rolls out their Rebirth books and what characters end up with their own series as the campaign moves forward. Continue reading “DC Universe Rebirth”

The Masters of Comic Book Art

The Masters of Comic Book Art (1989)

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New to the collection! The VHS highlights (as they say) comic book greats; Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Berni Wrightson, Moebius, Frank Miller, Dave Sim and Art
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If you’d likes of watch Wrightson’s segment of the video, it’s on YouTube, along with the rest of the video. Fair warning, Harlan Ellison is pretty sassy throughout the film.
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Buyer’s Guide 326

The Buyer’s Guide for Comic Fandom 326 (1980)

I’ve never seen Swamp Thing this excited about a comic. He appears to be bubbling with joy in this issue of the Buyer’s Guide.
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I stumbled upon this issue while perusing mycomicshop.com and had to pick it up. I’ve been trying to get a hold of all the CBG and Buyer’s Guides that feature Swamp Thing on the cover… and inside. The cover depicts Man-Thing battling Swamp Thing. It’s not the first time we’ve seen these two muck-monsters duking it out on the pages of the Buyer’s Guide.
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An artist by the name of Crum illustrated the cover.
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This ad for the Knoxville Comics Convention was a great surprise. Swamp Thing appears to be reading issue 2 of his first series and he sure is getting into it.

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Pother ads feature original artwork for sale. This Wrightson page would have been a good one to pick up at $450.00
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Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death 5

Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death 5 (2016)
We Are Family

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New comics came out today and I was quite happy to see that Alec Holland was mentioned in the new Poison Ivy book.
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I’ve been reading the 6 part mini-series since issue 1 and have been enjoying it quite a bit. I’m interested to see how the series finishes. There are rumblings that Swamp Thing will make an appearance in the final book, 6. DC hints at the appearance on their site…

From DCcomics.com
Poison Ivy and her Sporelings battle for survival in the epic final chapter of “Cycle of Life and Death”! The monster Grim makes his final move, the murderer is revealed, and Pamela Isley’s life will be forever changed! Plus, someone, or someTHING, joins the fray!

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