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falling rock book 5 HAS ARRIVED

It’s the best day of the year! Today I picked up 500 freshly-printed copies of Scenic Byways, the fifth collection of Falling Rock comics. You’ve seen the cover before, but here it is once more:front-cover-brown-paperback-cover-brown-paper

Here, for the first time ever, is a photo of the actual book itself.L1020817 L1020818
Like Welcome to Falling Rock National Park (the self-titled third book) and See America First, Scenic Byways was printed with care by the fine folks at Pinball Press using only the naturalest of materials.  Post-consumer recycled paper, recycled chipboard covers, and soy-based ink.  This book is not only black and white, it is green.

You don’t have to waste your precious time reading about Scenic Byways; you can purchase a copy and actually read it.  Right here!

Scenic Byways is the culmination of the 2010-2011 year, with 65 hand-picked comics that touch on all the hot button issues of today.  Yes, Falling Rock is not afraid of controversy, if by “controversy” you mean an owl who fancies himself an art critic or a lizard who wears the same ratty old baseball jersey every day.L1020819

If you happen to be in either New York or Portland, I will be at MoCCA on April 9-10 and Stumptown on April 16-17, selling Scenic Byways as well as the rest of the Falling Rock book collection.

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falling rock book 5: scenic byways

Now it is time to reveal the final covers of Falling Rock book five.  The title of this year’s collection is Scenic Byways.front-cover-brown-paper

Ernesto and Carver are going on a grand adventure.  Where are they headed?  You’ll have to buy the book to find out.  (HINT: It’s a twist ending.  They were dead the whole time.)
The back cover plays off the joke on the front cover. back-cover-brown-paperScenic Byways will be available by the beginning of April.  I’ll have copies when I’m at MoCCA on April 9-10 and Stumptown on April 16-17, and I’ll update my online order form as soon as they get back from the printer.

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book 5 covers continued

I knew that I wanted this year’s collection of Falling Rock comics to be a companion of sorts to last year’s:see-america-first-brown-paper-low

I was at a disadvantage this year because Ken Burns has not put out any new National Parks documentaries since my last book.  I could not steal any of Mr. Burns’ good ideas.  This thought put me into a severe depression only a glass of Scotch could cure.

In my last post, I decided to go a little less historical and a little more spacey.  Basically, this meant putting Ernesto and Carver in a rocket.  Here are two early sketches for the cover, which I drew at the size it would be printed:cover-sketch2 cover-sketch1

Although the detail was better for the latter sketch, which might indicate I was happier with it, I actually preferred the dynamic composition of the former sketch.  What’s a man to do?  I combined the best parts of both sketches!  I’m positive I was the first artist to conceive of this technique.cover-sketch3

This was the final sketch before I put brush to Bristol board paper.  Yeah, that’s right!  I used a brush to ink the cover!  But you’ll have to wait a little while longer to see the final cover.  I gotta save something for future posts.
You might also notice the title for book 5 will be Scenic Byways.  The best way to see America’s beautiful wilderness areas is by rocket.
Here are some sketches for the back cover:back-cover-sketch1 back-cover-sketch2 The sign reads “WILDLIFE REFUGE and ROCKET TESTING GROUND,” which is just a joke.  There are no rockets allowed in Falling Rock National Park.