DC Entertainment has announced, via THR, the latest entry in the DC Zoom imprint of young reader graphic novels. The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs. Scroggs’s previous credits include the Snoop Troop series of books, as well as the Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet licensed series of books.
The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid follows Russell Weinwright, a typical middle-schooler save for the fact that he’s also a plant. The book shares the insides of Russell’s notebook, giving readers insight into his thoughts and life. The character’s surname is a particularly nice touch as an homage to Swamp Thing’s late co-creator, writer Len Wein.
In the THR piece, Scroggs describes the genesis of the book:
“All they said was, ‘We want something involving Swamp Thing and kids. Give us your ideas,’ and they went with this outside-of-the-box idea. Even though I was working with a property that’s already established, they let me do my thing.”
DC’s really making a big push into the young reader market with the Zoom and Ink imprints, going so far as devoting their Free Comic Book Day offerings to the debut books in those lines. It’s good to see that those imprints are going to be open to more diverse offerings and not just straight-forward panels-and-word-balloons graphic novels as well.
Check out the cover and a few preview pages for The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid, as well as the full solicit information for the book, below, and look for the book to sprout in stores on October 1st.
THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID
Warning! Unless you have express permission from Russell Weinwright to access his notebook, do not read any further. Seriously, we mean it.
Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not so great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed “Swamp Kid” by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk for a right arm, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell’s favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm.
In this notebook, Russell details in both hilarious text and color illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!) what it’s like to be different, to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher who may also be a mad scientist), and to find humor in the everyday weird.
This is THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you’ll never look at middle school the same way again.
- Written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs
- On sale everywhere books are sold 10/1/2019
- MSRP: $9.99
- AVAILABLE TO PREORDER THIS WEEK
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.