SWAMP THING TRADE HITS!!

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STTRADE.jpg A major landmark in my career as a raconteur has happened. SWAMP THING: LOVE IN VAIN Written by me (Joshua Dysart), with art and covers by Enrique Breccia, Timothy Green II and John Totleben, has hit the shelves of comic book stores and major book chains all over the world. I couldn’t be more proud. It collects the first two story arcs – “Love in Vain” and “A Measure of Faith” – from my current run. Expect demons in love, bounty hunters from Hell, Louisiana juju, metaphysical ponderance, preachers from other dimensions and a spaceship made entirely of living human bodies. It’s a beautiful thing: gory, philosophical, tender and violent. Low pulp in a high-minded fashion.

No matter what happens now, even if tomorrow every publisher in the industry decides, collectively, that I’m a no talent hack, they can’t take this away. It’s in print, and available for order… FOREVER! I have, undeservedly, joined the ranks of Len Wein, Alan Moore, and Rick Veitch, all fantastic writers who have had their Swamp Thing runs collected, and it can never, ever, ever be taken away from me! EVER!! Even if I climb a clock tower outside of a mall and start popping off hollow points at soft, undereducated, overconfident, sexually repressed shoppers with a high-powered mail order rifle… Josh 2 (2).jpg This book will still be in print!! Hell, sales would go through the roof! However, if there’s to be future collections of my work then this needs to sell well. So, I’m asking for your help. There are three ways in which you can support my humble endeavors… 1. BUY THE BOOK!! If you’re a fan of intelligent horror stories, a fan of comic books, if you know a fan of comic books or if you’re just a fan of the lazy carbuncle-on-life known as Joshua Dysart, please, find it in your heart to go to a store and drop $14.95 into the well in exchange for this book. If you can pick it up in a comic book store that’s cool. It might up the orders on the monthly if retailers sell a lot of trades. Plus, comic book stores desperately need your business… they’re not like porn shops, I promise. Some of them are very nice inside. Here’s the link to The Comic Shop Locator Service. They can help you find a store near you. You can also access the Comic Shop Locator Service by calling toll free: 1-888-COMIC BOOK (1-888-266-4226). But if you must buy it in a major bookstore chain that’s cool too, it’s still a sale. Want to buy it online? Awesome, go for it. But if you can find it in your heart, please, please, buy it. 2. PERFORM COVERT COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS TO SPREAD THE MEME! If you can’t buy it, then at least call one comic book store in your hood and ask for it! Ping ’em. Make sure they know it’s out there. Keep it on their radar. 3. REVIEW IT ONLINE!! If you’re a professional writer in the industry or a comic book reviewer, please take the time to lavish ridiculous praise on the book! Or, I guess the truth will do too. If you’re not in the “professional” reviewing game then you can still go to AMAZON and spew on and on about how it changed your life to other potential buyers! WARNING A) This book is not for kids. It’s heady and violent and has an experimental narrative structure that they probably won’t dig on anyway. B) This is a complicated character with a great deal of back story, so while it is a self contained read, it also does rely on past “occurrences” for much of it’s emotional resonance. It’s sort of like tuning into a soap opera mid-season, except that this soap opera has monsters fucking in it!! And remember, you don’t have to read it, you just have to buy it. That’s it for me. Thanks for listening! Here are some fun links regarding this momentous occasion: Here’s a review of issue #11 (included in the collected trade), in which we received the highest rating this respectable website had to offer. Here’s a further breakdown of the two stories as well as some of the interior art. And here’s the solicitation for my first trade ever published, collecting my co-creator-owned series from 2001, VIOLENT MESSIAHS BOOK OF JOB. Thanks!!

ERIC POWELL COVERS SWAMP THING

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“I think personally I want to convey the more horrific elements of the character. I want to take full advantage of the environment. Swamps, forests can be really creepy. Visually give a little nod to the [Berni] Wrightson days. I think that would be a nice complement to the more intellectual stories they’re doing now.” – Eric Powell on Newsarama

So it goes, that in the continuing tradition of charging exceptional artists with the weighty task of covering up my vast inadequacies as a writer, Vertigo has signed Eric Powell to do the covers for SWAMP THING , starting with issue #21. Powell is ridiculously amazing. I�m very fortunate to have him as the new barker hocking my humble efforts. His creator-owned series, THE GOON, is a comedic masterwork. Witness…

�Why?! Why?! Why must you refuse to accept that Dr. Hieronymous Alloy�s genetically enhanced cream corn is superior to the leading brand on the market?!!! Ahhhh!! I�ll destroy you all!!� – THE GOON, issue 12, page 12.

See, and that was taken out of context and without the accompanying image. No, really… it’s funny… and should be read by all.

Life is complicated. I lament the passing of Enrique Breccia�s darkly textured, nightmare imagery, while eagerly anticipating the future visions of Powell.

Fear not, though. Enrique is still the craftsman behind the interior of the book. Now, if only we can get Powell to do a fill in. Mmmmmm…

Welcome aboard, Eric!

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Eric Powell with his first painting of Swamp Thing. The cover to the upcoming issue #21. Taken at Wizard World Chicago, 2005.

And here’s a scan of the cover, before it gets wrecked with all that text and barcode crap…
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Conservative Group to Oppose John Roberts

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“A conservative group in Virginia said Tuesday it was withdrawing its support for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ confirmation because of his work helping overturn a Colorado referendum on gays.”

Here’s an article touching on some of the liberal complaints regarding John. And here’s an excellent piece by the Village Voice regarding the whole nomination tango.

The statement made by the conservative organization in question (Public Advocate of the United States) can be found at their website.

And lastly, here’s what SUPREME COURT WATCH posted regarding the judge who would be supreme.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts, right, meets with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold confirmation hearings on Roberts’ nomination beginning Sept. 6.

YES YES!! Motherfuckers, YES YESS!! YES YES!! Motherfuckers, YES YESS!! Yo, it’s your boy GW! Breaking it down all clever like! That’s how I’m reppin’, OH! Bmore! And I ain’t gonna talk you to death, I’ll let the motherfuckin’ picture do the rest!

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Chorus:

Fuck the police! Fuck fuck fuck the police!
[Fuck them motherfuckers!]
Fuck fuck fuck the police!
[Get paid back] You’re motherfucking right yo

Verse One: Dr. Dre

Fuck the motherfucking police!
They don’t want peace they want a nigga deceased
So he’ll cease to be a problem and by the way the perform
It seems the Klan gave the white police another uniform
And yo the black police, the house niggaz
They gave you a motherfucking gun, so I guess you figure
you made out, good to go, but you didn’t know
They would stick your black ass back in the ghetto, yo
To kill another nigga, catch him with crack, in fact
Freebase – they put in the neighborhood in the first place
But the brothers ain’t stupid, remember that
You got a gat, I got a gat, so whassup with that
A to the motherfuckin K
The last words you hear, then the smoke appears
Tears, from your motherfuckin family
They’re starin at me, but I’m goin gun happy, fuck em!
Shootin everything in sight tonight’s the night to get hyped
and fight for what’s wrong, fuck what’s right!
And by the way, my name is Dre
So listen up motherfucker to what I gotta say, yo

Chorus:

Fuck the police! Fuck, fuck, fuck the police
Fuck
Fuck, fuck, fuck the police
[Now for the first episode]

San Diego Comic-Con 2005 (Pictures)

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I broke my exceptionally cool camera in San Francisco recently and am mightily bummed. So I borrowed a friend�s for San Diego (thanks Laine Poo! You are a very sweet cranberry!!).

I roomed, as I have this entire con season, with the RED STAR cats, whom I do hold close to my wee little heart.

So without further ado, I give you the majesty of�

Team Red Star

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Chris Gosset sketching at the new Red Star super-booth which, no doubt, played a factor in them having record sales at the con this year, despite no new product.

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Goss Passed out on the outdoor patio of the Hilton after a hard scrabble Video Game Industry meeting where he was forced to knife-fight to the death with ex-executives of the now defunct Activision to retain the rights to the “Red Star Interactive Experience”!! All hail the victor!

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awwww… de sleepy-time babies…

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The beautiful professional fashion designer and ex-CIA assassin who wrote the book on “seduction n’ slash” techniques, Adriann Helton, hocks Red Star crap to unsuspecting suckers. Her political cartoons can be found in TEX: GEORGE BUSH AND THE FINE ART OF CHARACTER ASSASSINATION!

I didn’t get very good shots of the rest of the team, so I’m dipping’ into my archives for images of the others. The following photos were not taken in San Diego this year…

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Dr. Jo Olson keeps the Red Star afloat. One of the most powerful women in the world!! BURN HER! She’s a witch!! That’s her sister Sam in the background.

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Jeff Henderson, walking the mean streets of San Francisco. He’s a complicated man and nobody understands him but his woman.

I don’t have any decent shots of Pauly or Snakebite, though they’re incredibly important to the team… sorry guys.

And now for the rest of the con!

CAPTAIN GRAVITY AND THE POWER OF THE VRIL

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Sal Velluto and I are just part of the creative team that’s giving you you’re Golden Age WWII super hero fix, baby!

Sal is highly placed in the Italian arm of the Mormon mafia, so watch yourself.

THE VERTIGO DINNER

Every convention the ultra-hip of the sub-mainstream (and, well, me. I’m not exactly sure how I got into this club, but I’m sleeping on their couch till they kick me off) gather in some posh-ass place and get merry on Warner Brothers’ dime!

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Dean Haspiel (THE QUITTER) and his amazing, Leftist mother. It is my very fond wish that Dean and I will be working together soon. I think he’s fucking great.

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Glenn Fabry (NEVERWHERE, barely visible on the left), Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN, center) and John Watkiss (TRIGGER). Three artists who should be shot for over-excelling at their craft.

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Karen Berger (VP-Executive Editor of Vertigo, and patron-saint of those of us desperate to do something different and still get paid) and her husband Richard – who’s a very cool guy.

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Karen and I. By publishing this photo of Karen I almost guarantee that I will never work at Vertigo again

And at the dinner were the cats behind SWAMP THING.

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El Maestro! The man who draws the world’s nightmares! Enrique Breccia, artist on the current run of SWAMP THING. I dare say, he looks harmless enough.

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Father and son. Enrique and Martin Breccia. Martin is the amazing colorist on SWAMP THING.

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The youngest of the Breccia art clan. Brother to Martin, son of Enrique. A writer, and no doubt headed for brilliance. Soon to be breaking American girls’ hearts in Brooklyn.

OTHER CREATORS

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Anderson Gabrych (BATGIRL). Quite possibly the hottest man in comics.

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That’s me with my arm around one of my absolute favorite artists working right now, J.H. Williams (PROMETHIA). His vignettes in WILDGIRL were worth the price of the whole book. That’s his wife on the left. Who’s name I can’t remember. Sorry, She completely deserves to be known as more than just somebody’s wife, but what can I say. Just after this photograph was taken I spilled her drink. Because I’m that cool.

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The incomparable Glenn Fabry (NEVERWHERE) keeping his fans happy while…

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I sit next to him, having my own signing to which three people showed. Because I’m that cool. (Bob Wayne, VP of Sales at DC, took this photo)

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Glen Fabry and Martin Breccia back to being friends after a brief fist-to-cuffs in the parking lot.

And because he wouldn’t let me take a picture of him this year, I’m forced to dig into my archives and unearth this shot from last year’s Comic-con…

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Marc Andreyko (MANHUNTER) wears his sun glasses at night. I can’t imagine why.

THE “DEAR GOD, JEFF MACEY IS LEAVING US” DARK HORSE PARTY.

I met Jeff years ago when he was working for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and took an immediate liking to him. He has since moved on to Dark Horse’s marketing department. Apparently this was his last con as an industry insider. He’s quitting to get a law degree so he can be a better soldier for the Left. “After the election,” he told me, “I just couldn’t sit back and keep selling STAR WARS books anymore.” Jeff receives my “Coolest Fucker at the Con” award for that sentiment alone. He will be missed on the circuit. To top it all off, his wife is about to have a baby!

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The man, Macey, out of focus and moving on to nobler pursuits.

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Scott Allie, a recent father himself, and one of my favorite editors in the industry, raps with some really nice Dark Horse employee that I met, yet can’t remember her name.

THE TOKYO POP GANG

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Luis Reyes, editor of original content… and rock n’ roll legend. He is most assuredly doomed to die early.

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Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, an editor at TOKYOPOP, believes that when you take her picture you steal a piece of her soul. So I clicked quite a few.

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Christine Boylan and I. I’m the one with the cavernous nose and oddly shaped head. Christine had done some work for TOKYOPOP but has moved on to greener pastures. Actually the bitch has been in LA less than a year and has her first film script being shot. Now she’s a writing assistant on THE GILMORE GIRLS which they tell me is on TV. Apparently Adult Swim and The Daily Show isn’t all that’s transmitted into my cathode chaos box. Christine is an old friend, and if I’m not mistaken she has a SUPERMAN story coming out soon.

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Felipe Smith (center, MBQ), me and some very cool stranger. Felipe’s book is truely tight and should be read by all.

DC STAFF!

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Fletcher Chufong, Manager – Events and Retailer Services, fires off a sexy pose for the camera.

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Eddie Berganza, editor of the Superman books, looks trapped and panicked as I beg for a job writing the Sun God Ra… uh, I mean Superman.

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Paula Lowitt, Senior VP-Business & Legal Affairs, checks to see if the poor drunk fucker sprawled out on the floor of the Hyatt elevator is dead (he’s not). Just after this picture was taken Geoff Johns stole his hat, which is hilarious to me.

AND ALMOST LAST BUT FAR FROM LEAST

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A very poor attempt, by more than one of us, to capture the beam of light that is Amanda Fisher, owner of MUSE COMICS, a store in Missoula, Montana.

LAST, AND ACTUALLY LEAST

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Me, passed the fuck out on Sunday night. Finally done with the whole moveable feast. I have no idea who took this picture with my camera, but since there were five of us in the room… it could’vd been anybody.

Ahhh, and now, in a matter of days, I leave for WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO.

No rest for the wicked.

CHA CHA CHA.

Peace, love and hippie shit…
Joshua