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vigil the ante and friends #1

Don’t let the #1 mislead you. This was actually my third or fourth full-length Vigil the Ante story. I numbered them all 1 so they would be collector’s items.

I present, in it’s entirety, my last Vigil the Ante comic book. Completed in 1996, published worldwide now for the first time.vigil-cover vigil-1 vigil-2 vigil-3 vigil-4 vigil-5 vigil-6 vigil-7 vigil-8 vigil-9 vigil-10 vigil-11 vigil-12 vigil-13 vigil-14 vigil-15 vigil-16 vigil-17 vigil-18 vigil-19 vigil-20 vigil-21


free comic book day

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Today is Free Comic Book Day!  Rush out to your local comic store and demand free stuff!
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the incredibly true story of smokey the bear

Reid made a colossal find recently. He found, in comic book form, the entirely true story of Smokey the Bear. Now some of you interneters, with your wikipedias and your factcheck.orgs, are going to refute some of these details. But I will stand by the words of the wise old hawk who tells Smokey’s origin story. For your reading pleasure, I give you The True Story of Smokey Bear!

If anyone has information regarding the writers and artists of this publication, please let me know! I’d like to think the wise old hawk wasn’t inking this all by himself.

 


welcome back to falling rock

issue-1-cover-joshshalekThe wait is almost over. The first issue of Falling Rock National Park, the comic book, is headed to the printer.

As longtime readers know, my comic strip Welcome to Falling Rock National Park ended in May of 2012. I made the hard decision to change formats. Although I love comic strips, newspapers are all but extinct. I cannot compete with both legacy strips (that is, comic strips drawn by the grandchildren of legendary cartoonists) and the shrinking marketplace. Webcomics are wonderful, but I always wanted to be in print. I grew up reading comics in print and so that was my goal.
Rather than mope about like a boozy novelist, I set about determining what people are reading in print nowadays. Many of my cartoonist friends have been self-publishing comic book series with great critical (and, once in a while, commercial) success. The comic book is the most vital format today. It has the serialized nature I love about comic strips, but allows for much more diversity in terms of storytelling.

The first issue costs $4 and will be available by the end of February. I’ll soon post a link on my Buy Books page and I’ll have it with me when I head to Emerald City in March, Stumptown in April, San Diego ComicCon in July, and Tucson ComicCon in November. (More dates TBD!) There will also be a subscription for Falling Rock National Park – $20 for four issues (includes postage). Subscribe if you want to have new issues mailed directly to you the instant they get back from the printer!

That’s all the news so far! I’ll let you know when the first issue is ready to be read.


issue 1 is here!

Issue 1 of the Falling Rock comic book has arrived! Subscribers, you’ll be receiving yours in the mail within a week. Haven’t subscribed yet? Well, now’s the time!

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If you’re wondering why I’m dressed like a guy who just hopped off a bicycle, that’s because I had just hopped off my bicycle.
I had to take advantage of one of the few sunny days Portland has to offer in February.

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issue 2

issue-2-pagesTime to celebrate! I have send the files to Rink Printing for issue two of Falling Rock National Park.
issue-2-pages-close-upSubscribers: if you have moved since last time, please email me your updated address. If you aren’t a subscriber yet, why this is the perfect opportunity for you to start! Subscribe now.

Issue 2 will be arriving in your mailbox in the first half of July. Check your mailboxes!


Subscribe now for Issue 2

Falling Rock National Park #2 will soon be making its way to subscribers.
You can get in on the comics-reading action too!
If you subscribe now, via this link, I will make sure you get a copy of the latest issue as soon as they get back from the printer.
Here are a few tantalizing shots of the original art for #2 to whet the ol’ appetite:
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issue 2 has arrived

Subscribers, look for your copy in the mail!

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Not a subscriber? You should be. What’s more fun than comics in the mail?

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falling rock national park trailer

I had this idea for almost a full year. I’ve always wanted to make a trailer for my comic, but I didn’t have the means until recently. Then I had to wait until I flew back to Tucson so I could film the desert landscape I draw so frequently. Finally, it all came together in this 85-second clip. Hopefully my next video project won’t have as large a gestation-to-production ratio.


issue 3 cover

Issue 3 of Falling Rock National Park is finished! Here is the finished cover:
issue-3-cover-lowSubscribers will be getting their copies as soon as they get back from the printer.
If you don’t subscribe, why not start now? Reading more comics is a great New Year’s resolution.