Today marks the fourth year of my comic strip, Welcome to Falling Rock National Park. If you only read this blog and haven’t seen my website, you may wonder who the heck posts a random assortment of topics and drawings and names it after a made-up National Park. The short answer is: a cartoonist.
I created Falling Rock after drawing The Family Monster comic strip for four years in The Colorado Daily in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Falling Rock is my attempt at being just a tiny bit more mainstream than the surreal dreamworld of The Family Monster. Unlike The Family Monster, Falling Rock is inhabited by animals you’d really find in a southwestern desert. Park Ranger Dee dresses like a real park ranger. The whole thing is inspired by growing up in Arizona. I don’t live there anymore, but I really like drawing saguaros and mountains and dry riverbeds.
I’ve been drawing a daily comic strip for the past seven years, and comics in general since I was 10. If you’re listening to Malcolm Gladwell (and according to him, we all should be), you know that to master a skill you need 10,000 hours of practice. Similarly, Chuck Jones said that you need to produce 10,000 bad drawings before you can make your first good one. I’m not able to add up all the time I’ve spent drawing comics since I was a kid, but I feel close to 10,000 (choose your unit of measurement) right now. Maybe I’ll even crack it this year. Stay tuned to find out.
I hope you enjoy this year’s Welcome to Falling Rock National Park. I’m glad to be back at the drawing board, filling in little boxes with pictures and words.