Rocking It


Concrete, a stone humanoid figure, standing in arid landscape with a satchel of small plants

How did I celebrate Earth Day?

I left my canvas bag at home so my glass bottles got double-bagged in plastic at the supermarket. All while I was driving my grandparents’ enormous Grand Marquis.

But as usual I reused a paper bag at the comics shop. I do that with each one until it’s near tatters and then send it to recycling. Occasionally I even forego the bag and just stuff the stack in my backpack or satchel, but I usually enjoy the the illusion of whatever protection the bag affords.

Earth Day, me being me, naturally brings comics to mind.

The only one that actually has anything to do with Earth Day is a Concrete special from 1990. A creation of Paul Chadwick’s, Concrete was then still a relatively new favorite; this eclectic one-shot also featured a set of Charles Vess illustrations paired with quotations from Henry David Thoreau and a silent story created by the legendary Jean “Moebius” Giraud. I was reviewing comics for my college newspaper at the time and my spotlight of this issue got a nice response.

Dark Horse released a comprehensive series of Concrete softcovers with lovely unifying trade dress a few years ago. Some of them include never-before-reprinted material.


Covers to Depths, Heights, Fragile Creature, Killer Smile, Think Like a Mountin, and Strange Armor
Covers to the Concrete Earth Day special and Vol. 1-6 of the collected editions © 1990, 2005, 2006 Paul Chadwick. Art: Paul Chadwick. Publication Design: Heidi Fainza, Debra Bailey.

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