Though Welcome to Falling Rock National Park began running in papers and on the web in September 2006, I made my first attempt at the concept many months earlier. When I was still drawing The Family Monster, I made my first attempt to draw Falling Rock. What follows is the complete packet I sent to the syndicates.
It is an interesting time capsule. Like the posts on my middle school, high school, and college comic strips, you can read this as yet another stepping stone. I find it funny that, when I rediscovered this packet, I barely remembered drawing it. Ernesto especially looks very strange.
Longtime readers will no doubt recognize some of the jokes; I transferred some of my favorite Family Monster jokes to the Falling Rock world. Knowing these characters now, I realize that was a weird thing to do. They’d never say some of the stuff I have them saying. Ah well. It’s so difficult starting a comic strip from scratch. I figured I could at least use some previous writing to get myself going. I don’t blame myself. I wouldn’t go back in time and punch past me in the face.
Here we go:
It seems to me that movies are the center of our cultural life. They have supplanted music and books. Not that the latter two are irrelevant; it’s just that most movies (and, therefore, actors) are discussed more than albums or novels. Look at Harry Potter: when it got popular enough, it seemed necessary to turn it into a series of movies.
Berkeley Breathed used to xerox photos into Bloom County, so I thought I’d try. It didn’t work for me, so I never did it again.
Rereading these, I am curious how much Falling Rock will look in the future. It has already changed so much.