This past weekend, Jason turned 17. Not only is that tough to swallow but for the first time ever, I laid my eyes on a Swamp Thing cake.
Yes, my wife Allison once again outdid herself by surprising Jason with a special birthday cake featuring the muck-encrusted mockery of a man.
I’ve been a monstrous (pun intended, sorry) fan of Swampy since Alan Moore was writing the comics back in the 1980’s. It wasn’t until the recent Swamp Thing TV series on DC Universe that Jason got his first glimpse into the character. And just like me, he instantly fell in love.
Unfortunately, the TV show (while critically acclaimed) only lasted one short season.
So when Allie asked me what she should make for Jason’s cake this year, we both rattled our brains for awhile. He’s been watching Star Wars: Clone Wars lately, so maybe an Ahsoka cake? Nah.
He liked the recent Sonic movie and loves the games. Uh uh.
Somehow it hit me. Like me, Jason is a sucker for the crazy, obscure characters out there. (One of my favorite DC characters? Ambush Bug. Yeah, exactly.) So I knew he would absolutely love a Swamp Thing cake.
The problem? The character is so not easy to draw. Especially when so many different artists have tried so many different takes.
After scouring the internet, I found the following which became the main basis of reference:
Allie spent some time sketching out the character and laughing at her initial sketches which looked more like a chimpanzee than a swamp monster. But by the end she nailed it. She wasn’t sure Jason would know who it was, but I was completely confident.
Lots of food coloring and Pillsbury frosting later, she began building her masterpiece.
The eyes totally do it for me. Though I also do love the white flowers in the lower right corner.
Jason most definitely was surprised. And he knew exactly who it was in a heartbeat.
Now I can’t wait to see what Allie makes me for my birthday next month. I’ve hinted at a life-size Death Star cake, but I’m not holding my breath.
Happy Birthday, Jason!