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Falling Rock National Park, issue 6

issue-6-coverFalling Rock National Park #6 is at the printer right now, being printed! Real ink is being laid down on real paper, and when the process has completed I will have in my hands 500 copies of the greatest detective story ever told! Want to know who is the culprit? You’ll have to read it yourself to find out.

Subscribers have already been emailed, and I will be taking preorders for this issue at my Buy Books page.

If you live in Los Angeles, I hope to see you at WonderCon! March 25-27. I’m exhibiting at Small Press table 93. I’ll have #6, as well as previous issues, Tomb of the Zombies and Jack Ketch, prints, and maybe even a special surprise (involving dinosaurs).

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new falling rock comic strip

For the fans of Falling Rock’s original iteration as a comic strip, here’s a brand new installment.

The inspiration came from watching Ex Machina, a movie I highly recommend. Makes a good double feature with Frankenstein.
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Atticus and Glen: Remastered Year Three

Every Atticus & Glen comic strip, newly scanned, in order of publication.

September 7, 2001
September 7, 2001
September 17, 2001
September 17, 2001
September 21, 2001
September 21, 2001
September 28, 2001
September 28, 2001
October 5, 2001
October 5, 2001
October 12, 2001
October 12, 2001
November 2, 2001
November 2, 2001
November 9, 2001
November 9, 2001
November 16, 2001
November 16, 2001
November 30, 2001
November 30, 2001
December 2, 2001
December 2, 2001
February 8, 2002
February 8, 2002
February 15, 2002
February 15, 2002
February 22, 2002
February 22, 2002
March 1, 2002
March 1, 2002
March 8, 2002
March 8, 2002
March 15, 2002
March 15, 2002
April 5, 2002
April 5, 2002
April 12, 2002
April 12, 2002
April 19, 2002
April 19, 2002
April 26, 2002
April 26, 2002

Sadly, I was unable to find the original for the final Atticus & Glen comic strip. This is my best recreation, using cutting-edge technology (my lightbox). I did my best to follow the original lines, resisting the mighty urge to “improve” it.

It is a double-size feature, and stands as one of my favorite strips I’ve ever done. It’s not easy finding an ending to a comic. I wonder how much Bill Watterson struggled with the final Calvin & Hobbes strip. In my case, I wanted to show a future for the characters, since they would never really graduate from college, as well as sum up the philosophy I’d been refining for the past three years. This strip was, more than walking in commencement, turning in my final paper, or sitting for my last exam, my real graduation.

May 2002, final strip
May 2002, final strip

Previously unpublished

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Atticus and Glen: Remastered Year Two

Every Atticus & Glen comic strip, newly scanned, in order of publication.

February 23, 2001
February 23, 2001
March 2, 2001
March 2, 2001
March 9, 2001
March 9, 2001
March 16, 2001
March 16, 2001
April 6, 2001
April 6, 2001
April 13, 2001
April 13, 2001
April 20, 2001
April 20, 2001
April 27, 2001
April 27, 2001
April 27, 2001
April 27, 2001
May 4, 2001
May 4, 2001
May 11, 2001
May 11, 2001
May 18, 2001
May 18, 2001

Previously unpublished

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Atticus and Glen: Remastered Year One

Every Atticus & Glen comic strip, newly scanned, in order of publication.

September 10, 1999
September 10, 1999
September 24, 1999
September 24, 1999
October 8, 1999
October 8, 1999
November 12, 1999
November 12, 1999
November 19, 1999
November 19, 1999
Unknown (February 2000)
Unknown (February 2000)
February 18, 2000
February 18, 2000
February 25, 2000
February 25, 2000
March 3, 2000
March 3, 2000
March 10, 2000
March 10, 2000
March 3, 2000
March 27 2000
April 7, 2000
April 7, 2000
April 14, 2000
April 14, 2000
April 21, 2000
April 21, 2000
April 28, 2000
April 28, 2000
May 5, 2000
May 5, 2000

Previously unpublished
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issue 5 IS HERE

issue-five-assembledThe brand new issue of Falling Rock has been assembled! The fixed covers arrived on Monday, and the rest of the week was dedicated to unstapling the bad covers and stapling the good ones. If you are a subscriber or have pre-ordered a copy, yours is in the mail.

You say you haven’t subscribed? Why not buy a copy now and find out what all the fuss is about?

My thanks go to collaborator Tyrell Cannon, who adds gravitas to “The Destination.” You’ll be able to see us both at Emerald City ComicCon in March. We take kindly to hyperbolic praise.
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issue 5 delay

You must be wondering at this point, Where is Falling Rock issue 5?! The answer is frustrating. I received my order of 500 copies on Tuesday, only to find the inside covers were left completely blank. While not catastrophic (all the comics are printed intact, and they look fantastic on the new paper I chose for this issue), I cannot give you a product that falls short from what I intended. I worked hard to get this issue together, and I’m not going to let an error in production be the final word.

I’m working with the printer to find a solution. Hopefully we can resolve it soon and I can get these books into the hands of you, dear readers, where they belong. Keeping checking back here for further updates.

Thank you for all your support! I can’t wait for you to visit Falling Rock once more.

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issue 5 is coming

isue-5-cover-FINALThis week I have sent Falling Rock National Park #5 off to the printer. All my dear subscribers will receive this issue in their mailboxes. Look for it by mid-February.

Oh, are you not a subscriber? We can remedy that right now.

This issue has a “season 2” feel to it. I’ve redesigned the cover and table of contents.

Inside you’ll find two stories about Pam, the park’s curmudgeonly javelina. As an added bonus, “The Destination” features an extended flashback drawn by the esteemed Tyrell Cannon. If you’re interested in a sneak peek, do check out his series Victus. After you’ve feasted upon his visually sumptuous masterpiece in the making, you’ll be ready for Pam’s tale.
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progress on issue five

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.
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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.

Now I’d better get back to the proverbial (literal) drawing board so you can read this thing.

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Tomb of the Zombies on GoComics

tomb-of-the-zombies-cover-lowMy dream as a kid was to be a syndicated cartoonist. Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip some of you may remember, ran via Universal Press Syndicate. Now known by its 21st century name uclick, it’s one of the very few remaining syndicates. They have wisely diversified into both the book publishing world and online.

GoComics is pretty much the best place to read comics on the internet. They have many of the syndicated superstars and they also occasionally take a chance on Kid Nobody from Palookaville. Well I’m here to tell you that this month, I am that Kid!

Kid Shay Comics makes its debut on GoComics this month with the COMPLETE Tomb of the Zombies. I will be posting two pages a week until it is all up. If you haven’t had the chance to read my epic tale of love, redemption, and werewolf manservants, now is the time.

HERE is the link to my page on GoComics. Once you’re done reading the most current page, you can click right over to see what La Cucaracha is up to.