This has been a decidedly superlative year for Welcome to Falling Rock National Park.
I published my fourth book, See America First!, to rave reviews.
Two great comic shows, APE in fall 2009 and Stumptown in spring 2010.
Out of thousands of entries, I made it to the Top 50 comics in the Amazon.com/Universal Comic Strip Superstar contest.
I turned 30.
The liberal media decided it kind of likes me. (Here, here, here.)
My fourth year of drawing Falling Rock has definitely been my most productive. I feel like I know the characters, which means I spend less time thinking about how they will act and more on what stories to tell. This is the fun part of writing. As for the pictures, I’m happy with the pens I’m using, and the drawings look more like what is in my head. Not completely there yet, but I’m getting closer every panel.
I’m upbeat about the way the strip is going. I love the format of a daily, jokey comic strip. Even though I’ve drawn one comic strip or another since 2002, I still don’t find it stifling or boring – I get to say exactly what I want, in the best possible way. Every time I sit down to write for Carver, Ernesto, Pam, Melissa, and Park Ranger Dee, I see new possibilities. Their world keeps expanding, in delightful ways.
Next year I hope to use Mr. Miserable and the park hippie a little more.
Oh, I suppose if I had my druthers I’d make people listen to certain songs while reading my comics, like a movie soundtrack. But really, I can see why the comic strip has flourished for the past 100 years. If done well, it never gets old. The permutations are endless. (Just like the three minute rock song.)
Thank you for being dear readers.