TrolLords_CoverIn the mid-1980s, Tru Studios out of Chicago, Illinois was publishing TrolLords, a player in the independent black and white comics boom. The editor at Tru was my friend Brian Augustyn, who I have known since the days I lived in the Windy City, around 1980, and would later work with on staff and as a freelancer at DC Comics (and who I just had a chance to visit with at length at this year’s TerrifiCon in Connecticut). TrolLords had gathered a nice little following (the text page of this issue features a short but gushing letter of comment from Harlan Ellison) and, with the seventh issue (May, 1987), had gone monthly, which might have had something to do with the use of a back up story that month. Brian invited me to contribute a script for the 8-pager which I set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, during which nasty magical stuff ensues. “Thud, Thud, Thud In The Mississippi Mud” is beautifully drawn by the talented and lovely cartoonist and animator, Stephen DeStefano, co-creator ‘Mazing Man and drawer of lots of good things, and lettered by Bob Lappan.









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