As the year winds down, I’ve been working on Falling Rock National Park #5. I’m hoping to have it complete by the new year, which means you lucky subscribers will receive it by February!
One of the fun new things I’m trying is a new printer. This is the reason for the extended completion-to-print time. I get to pick what kind of paper I want to use, which is one of those unexpected perks of self-publishing. I never thought that an effect of turning Falling Rock into a comic book would be me getting excited about pouring over a huge book of paper samples. But there it is.
If you’re interested in keeping up with the process of making issue 5, I’ve been documenting it over at Instagram. Follow me there to get all the latest developments, plus pictures of my cat, Sophia.
I’ve been leaving the best news for last. The most exciting development for issue 5 is my collaboration with cartoonist Tyrell Cannon. Similarly to my team-up with Reid Psaltis way back in issue 1, I wrote the story and Tyrell is providing the drawings. I can’t wait to see the finished results.
— Tyrell Cannon (@TCannonComics) December 17, 2014
— Tyrell Cannon (@TCannonComics) December 18, 2014
Now I’d better get back to the proverbial (literal) drawing board so you can read this thing.
When my brother came to visit, we watched the Chandelier music video and had a fantastic idea.
This late in the year, I always wonder if I’m seeing the last discarded couch of the season. If these are the final discarded couches of 2014 I couldn’t ask for more. Both seen on my way to work Friday morning.
I took photos at the Tucson Comic-Con, but they look pretty much like every other set of photos I take at conventions. Here, instead, is a cool rock I saw in the front yard of my parents’ house:
This year the Tucson Con was twice as big. I was standing right where the wall was last year. Is that significant? It might have posed a problem if I was a time-traveling husband who cannot control at what point in the timeline he pops out. As it is, though, I remain fixed in the now and so I was not caught in the middle of a wall.
Tucson remains a great place to finish my festival season. Because Falling Rock is unofficially set there, people get the strip right off. And there were lots of people who I had met at the convention in years past. I believe that is what they call an “audience” in the business. I am grateful for my audience.
I was tabling between three stand-up comedians. During the course of the weekend I watched them very closely in an attempt to pick up some of their tricks. They’re all naturals at talking to people, at engaging strangers, and generally being likable. Henry Barajas, on my right, will someday rule the comics industry with an iron fist. Jacob Breckenridge and Mike Esham, on my left, always seemed to have a crowd at their table. Being between them was like getting a master class in mojo.
Now I am back home in good ol’ 1955 – I mean, Portland. This marks the real start of working on Falling Rock #5 without any conventions to slow me down. I hope to have it done by January. If you’d like to have a copy delivered to you through the magic of the US Postal Service, subscribe now!
This was a great convention season. Let’s do it again next year, shall we?
Once again I’m headed to the Tucson Comic-Con, my hometown show. This is also my last show of the year, wrapping up a really good season.
You can find me at table D7, between Henry Barajas and Mike Esham & Jacob Breckenridge.
See you this weekend!