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Babe of the Month

Falling Rock National Park Presents: Babe of the Month!
The Babe of the Month is Pam.
Pam is a javelina; she likes reading, writing, solitude, and the warmth of the desert sun.
Pam does not like being objectified, which is what makes her such a perfect candidate for Babe of the Month.

Pam will be Babe of the Month until further notice by the management.pam-of-the-month


what is a javelina?

javelina2 Pam, our perpetual Babe of the Month here at Falling Rock National Park, is a javelina. The photos you see here are of real javelina at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

But what is a javelina? Growing up in the desert as I did, I was surprised when people would stare at me blankly when I referenced a javelina. Heck, Blogger keeps telling me that I’m misspelling the word “javelina” as I type this post.

One of the biggest misconceptions about javelina is that they are pigs. Not so, says Texas A&M-Kingsville. Javelinas are also known as collared peccary, partly because of the ring of fur around their necks that resembles a collar.javelina3

For a good description of javelina, one cannot go wrong with this, taken from the above-mentioned desert museum:

Javelina meander in loose groups, feeding as they move through an area. They dig up roots and bulbs with their sharp hooves or with their snouts. They eat prickly pear cacti, spines and all, by tearing off bites with their large canines. Because they don’t have sharp cutting teeth, much fibrous material is left on the prickly pear. Javelina chew as they walk, so bits and pieces fall from their mouths, sometimes leaving a short trail.

Javelina live in groups of 2 to 20 animals, the average being about 8 to 12. Each group defends a territory of about 700 to 800 acres, the size and boundaries varying in different seasons and different years; the territories include bed grounds and feeding areas, but they may overlap at critical resources, especially watering holes. An older, experienced sow leads the herd, determining when to bed down, feed, or go to water. Javelina have no defined breeding season; the babies, usually twins, can be born in any month. Not many predators other than a mountain lion will attack an adult javelina, but the babies are also prey for coyotes, bobcats, and other animals.

Javelina have poor vision, relying instead on their sense of smell.javelina1

This link has a good list of differences between pigs and javelina. I even learned something new: javelina can be found in Argentina. Thanks, National Park Service.

My experience with javelina “in the wild,” so to speak, has been limited to early morning sightings along the sides of roads. They travel in packs and you’d better watch out if they decide to cross in front of you. I also saw a pair of javelina when I was out hiking around sunset. They didn’t wander near me, which is fine. They have a reputation for being rather stinky.

I hope this has cleared up a few questions about Pam. With better understanding, we can appreciate her even more.pam-babe-of-the-month

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Babe of the Month: June 2009

Summertime…when the sleeves get shorter and the pants get capri. The time of the year a young Paul Newman strolls into town with nothing but the sweaty shirt on this muscular back. Yes, we know what you’re after and we at Falling Rock National Blog aim to give it to you. It is time to announce Falling Rock’s Babe of the Month.

The Babe of the Month for June 2009 is: Pam the javelina.pam-babe-of-the-month-color

Pam, no longer the young idealistic teacher, still has much to offer the discerning gentleman. She is retired, which means she won’t have any excuses to leave the house (unless it is to get the groceries to make your dinner). She is down to two packs a day, much sexier than the four-packs-plus-a-pint-of-Jameson she was a few years back. She loves to read murder mysteries, so you know she’s got a dark side. Pam is the whole package.

Better yet fellas, Pam is currently unattached. Could you be her Mr. Oh, All Right? Get in line!


Falling Rock in National Geographic

At SPX I was interviewed by a man who wouldn’t have looked out of place here in Portland. As it turned out, he works for this magazine called National Geographic. I told him I’d heard of it. He wrote a post about Falling Rock and a handful of other nature-themed comics, and you can read it right here:

The World of Eco-Comics: A Hapless Manatee, Self-Aware Dogs, and a Chain-Smoking Pig


Babe of the Month: August 2013

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It’s been far too long since I’ve announced the Falling Rock Babe of the Month. As longtime readers are aware, the perpetual Babe of the Month here at Falling Rock is Pam the javelina. She is a chain-smoking retired middle school teacher. I should have put text before the picture; most of you probably never even got around to reading this. You’re all slobbering over Pam’s attractive physique. Well, go ahead. You’ve only got one more week until I announce September’s Babe of the Month. (Hint: it’s gonna be Pam.)


Babe of the Month

Longtime readers of this here blog know that our Perpetual Babe of the Month is Pam, the chain-smoking javelina. She epitomizes all the qualities of a Babe of the Month. Her coarse, brown fur, her narrowed eyes, her standoffish personality. I can’t think of a more bodacious babe.

Oscar Woodruff
, an incredibly talented illustrator, has submitted a truly excellent piece of fan art. Like many a man, Pam takes his breath away. I can’t say I blame him. Behold, the product of his devotion:
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Hubba hubba! Amirite, guys?


progress on issue five

As the year winds down, I’ve been working on Falling Rock National Park #5. I’m hoping to have it complete by the new year, which means you lucky subscribers will receive it by February!

One of the fun new things I’m trying is a new printer. This is the reason for the extended completion-to-print time. I get to pick what kind of paper I want to use, which is one of those unexpected perks of self-publishing. I never thought that an effect of turning Falling Rock into a comic book would be me getting excited about pouring over a huge book of paper samples. But there it is.

If you’re interested in keeping up with the process of making issue 5, I’ve been documenting it over at Instagram. Follow me there to get all the latest developments, plus pictures of my cat, Sophia.
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I’ve been leaving the best news for last. The most exciting development for issue 5 is my collaboration with cartoonist Tyrell Cannon. Similarly to my team-up with Reid Psaltis way back in issue 1, I wrote the story and Tyrell is providing the drawings. I can’t wait to see the finished results.

Now I’d better get back to the proverbial (literal) drawing board so you can read this thing.


Babe of the Month

It is time once again to name Falling Rock’s Babe of the Month. This month’s winner should come as no surprise, as she is the perpetual Babe of the Month. That’s right! Pam the javelina has stolen the crown from herself yet again. Congratulations Pam. You embody all the qualities of babeitude, always and forever. You might want to get that cough checked out, though.
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issue 6 HAS ARRIVED

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Faithful Falling Rockers, the long wait is over. Falling Rock National Park #6 is back from the printer and it looks fantastic. I love the look and feel of the paper. It makes the experience of reading this story even more enjoyable, I believe. Paper and ink! The way comics were meant to be consumed.

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How can you acquire this latest trip to the American Southwest? Right here on my website, or next week at WonderCon! I will be in the Small Press section, table 93. Beyond that, I hope to get this issue into the fine local comic shops in Portland.

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I can’t wait for you to read this issue. I can honestly say I am very proud of it.interior-6-2


issue 7 progress

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.