three books at once…

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This is something that probably only matters to me… but since we’re living in a share little things type of world, here goes.

I’ve always carried some sort of sketchbook around with me.  It was a habit I formed in high school and never kicked.  When I seriously started writing comic strips (around ’98 or ’99), I began to carry a lined notebook along with the sketchbook. I felt it necessary to keep the dialog separate from the pictures…writing is a different thought process than drawing and vice versa.   Plus, I needed the lines to keep my writing straight on the page.

In 2007, I began to think about graduate school.  I applied late that year and was accepted in early 2008.  It was around this time I started to keep a journal… just something I could jot down the days events in.  I’d always kept a journal in some form (another habit formed in high school) but I was never very disciplined about writing in it daily.  There are gaps several weeks wide between some earlier entries.

2007-2008 – This was a time where a lot of change was happening for me.  School, divorce, move, love, life.  I felt the need to document all the things I was going through simply to remember what had happened.  It helped.  Once the really dark stuff was weathered, I just kept documenting.  The graduate faculty in my MFA program suggested that students keep a journal of their time in the program…I was already doing it.  Their logic was it would help at the end when you examine your work progress and process in the program.  They were right.  As a matter of fact, I used entire pages of my journal in my final process paper.

So, since then, the two books I carried around became three.  Every day.

I’m telling you all this to tell you this: this morning was the first time in the history of Frank Page notebooks and sketchbooks that I started a new notebook, new journal and new sketchbook at the same time.

That’s all. It may never happen again.  I just wanted to be sure I documented it.

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Poll results and plan

mini_ME-TAILLast week, I posted a poll asking for your input.

The poll is now closed and you have spoken resoundingly.  Over 80% of the poll participants feel the new collection plan should be put in play.  This year, instead releasing separate collections for the strip, Squirrelosophy and the sketches in October, I will instead release a compilation of all the content (together) in 4 month increments.

That means new Bob books will be available at the end of April 2016, August 2016 and December 2016.

The covers and titles need a theme… my inspiration will be the three ‘official’ studio albums of the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? Axis:Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland.

Adding a squirrel to these inspired covers will be a challenge and totally fun.  I’m sure I’m just as eager to see what I come up with as you may be.  I will of course announce when the books will be available – along with behind the scenes progression of the cover art, etc.

Thanks to everyone who took a moment to vote!

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NEW BOOK available Oct. 27th!

I’m really proud of this cover as well as the book itself.  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done Bob related:

It’ll be available for purchase thru Lulu on October 27th!  I’m totally excited!

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