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Meet me in Emerald City

Convention season 2014 begins this weekend in Seattle!
If you’re in the greater Seattle area March 28-30, stop by the convention center and say hello.
I’m at table V-09, next to the Stoutian Reid Psaltis and the Ginsbergian Matt Ocasio.

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This weekend you can meet me at Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle.
Stop by my table, S-09 in Artist Alley. I’m tabling with the raw burning talent that is Tyrell Cannon.
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My tablemate Tyrell posted this handy map on his blog. Here’s where you can find us this weekend at Emerald City ComicCon:

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meet me in seattle

March 1-3, 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Hello Seattle friends! I will be in your city this weekend, from Friday March 1 through Sunday March 3, for the Emerald City ComicCon. This will be the first year I’ve gone to this show, but it comes highly recommended by my fellow cartoonists. You can find me in Artist Alley table S-09. I will be sharing space with the heartbreaking work of staggering genius known to the public as Tyrell Cannon. Stop by and say hello!

I’ll have all my Falling Rock comic strip collections, as well as Tomb of the Zombies and Dancing with Jack Ketch. Making their debuts at this show: the inaugural issue of Falling Rock National Park (the comic book) and two screen prints. Plenty to choose from. Hope to see you in Seattle.

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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.