I have completed the first full draft of Falling Rock National Park #9. This will be its final issue. Right now, it’s looking like it will be a long one. Excited for you all to see.
I don’t often think about how far I’ve come as an artist. But, it being on the verge of a new decade, I thought I’d see exactly what I was doing ten years ago. In 2009, I released Welcome to Falling Rock National Park, the third comic strip collection of the above-mentioned comic strip.
Here is the cover to that book, as well as one strip that I particularly liked.
Happy 2020 everybody! I hope we all grow into ever more wonderful beings over the next decade.
Two heartbreaking decisions I’ve had to make recently: one, the next issue of Falling Rock National Park will be the finale. The second, that I won’t be exhibiting at San Diego ComicCon next year.
Falling Rock has been a big part of my identity for much of my adult life. I started the strip in 2006. After six years of that daily strip (and four years of my previous strip), I realized I was not going to ever be a syndicated newspaper cartoonist.
Falling Rock made its debut as a comic book series in 2013 (with the awesome help of guest artist Reid Psaltis). Over the past 7 years I’ve released 8 issues (with two more guest artists, Tyrell Cannon and Oscar Woodruff), and hopefully will release issue 9 next year. But it never made the bigger impact I was hoping for, never got the readership or publisher’s interests. And so, it’s time to try something new.
As for ComicCon, it’s been an amazing 8 years, but it’s been getting more and more difficult to afford that convention. I can’t do it at a loss. Every year I am amazed at how well it is run, and how gracious the people are, from attendees to exhibitors to celebrities. I will miss it, and I definitely want to return.
The eighth issue of Falling Rock is a truly unique production. For the first time, I handed over the entirety of drawing duties to someone else. My friend, the incredibly talented illustrator Oscar Woodruff, has drawn issue 8 from cover to cover. He and I worked on a story idea from one of my early comic strips, and I think the strange marriage of my words and his art is compelling.
As always, if you are a subscriber you will receive your copy in the mail. Otherwise, if you’d like to get your hands on this issue you can purchase it over at my Books page.
I will also be at San Diego ComicCon once again this year, from July 17-21, at Small Press table O6. Please stop by and say hello!
Without further ado, here is the cover. It’s an understatement to say I was blown away the first time I saw this, and each subsequent viewing has not diminished my awe.
Although this was my seventh year at SDCC, it still felt new. Perhaps partly because it is now my only ComicCon of the year, so my body is not ready for the full marathon. But mostly because every year, although the event itself remains the same, the experiences change.
Fortunately my friends Rachael and Alyssa were there to help with my table once again (this time with the addition of Alyssa’s boyfriend and dad!). My neighbors, both old and new, made the long haul from Wednesday to Sunday feel more like a marathon run with friends rather than a long slog done alone.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and to the people who worked tirelessly to make SDCC such a successful place for indie cartoonists like myself. I hope to see you all again next year.
This week I will once again be exhibiting at San Diego ComicCon.
Small Press, table O6
Come find me! Or Tweet @ me! Or drop me a line! Or whatever moves you.
I’ll be there selling Falling Rock and dinosaurs.
San Diego ComicCon is quickly approaching, and I will have a special book to sell while I am there!
My last Dinosaurs Coloring Book sold out, so I put together its sort-of sequel, the Dinosaurs in Space Coloring Book.
It goes very well with my First Dinosaur in Space prints, also for sale next week in San Diego.
Stop by my table, Small Press O6, and check out my dinosaur and Falling Rock gear!
At long last, the follow up to issue 6 has arrived.
This issue is a single, 24 page story featuring Ernesto the lizard in a Hitchcockian thriller.
Order your copy here.
I will be at one convention this year, San Diego ComicCon in July,
and you can also get your signed copy directly from me there.
I have been chipping away at issue 7 for the past few months and I am happy to report I will finish inking it by the end of the week!
I can’t wait to share this new story with all of you. Stay tuned for updates regarding print date. It will be ready well before San Diego ComicCon in July.
Fear not, dear reader, Falling Rock National Park has not gone away. I’ve been chipping away at issue 7 for the past year. It certainly is the longest time between issues, and for that I apologize. Family, and life, sometimes necessitate a break from comics. This is a good thing.
I wanted to share a bit of the process for this issue, since it is already quite different from all previous issues. So far I’ve been penciling pages digitally, on my iPad. This is what they look like right now:
When I finish a page I print it out on 11×17 paper. Currently I’m thinking that I will still ink issue 7 on paper with a brush, as I have done in the past. Issue 7 is, like #6, one single story. It will run 24 pages and it will contain jokes. That’s all I will say for now.
Thanks for sticking around! I wish you happy holidays, and stay tuned for more updates in 2018. Onward!