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Meet the Creator of the Hilarious Hiking Comic Boots McFarland

August 01, 2018 3 min read 1 Comment

Meet the Creator of the Hilarious comic Boots McFarland. Visit idhikethat.com to learn the back story to this fun comic.

Who doesn't love humorous hiking comics to make light of miserable hiking situations?

We were privileged with the opportunity to interview the author of Boots McFarland.  Geolyn Carvin is a talented cartoonist, and we are excited to share her story with you!

1.  What inspired you to start writing comics?

I’ve always done funny little drawings since I was a kid, mainly to entertain myself.  When I started hiking, especially the PCT, I began writing a journal of my adventures.  Friends and co-workers found these “stories” comical so I began drawing some of these humorous situations.  I soon found that just about every hiker I knew could relate.

2.  How long have you been doing this?

Since 2003.  I section hiked the PCT over a 13 year period so that’s a lot of ideas for comics!

3.  Have you always had a passion for hiking and comics?  Where did you first learn to write and draw?

I spent 2 weeks every summer with my family in Tuolumne Meadows (Yosemite) growing up.  My siblings and I hiked and roamed that area so I’ve always felt pretty comfortable in nature.  Drawing has always been fun and I took art and painting classes all through school.  I think a lot of artistic people don’t have a good outlet as adults.  I’m lucky to have found a way to continue being creative and combining it with my passion for the outdoors.

4.  What do you enjoy most about hiking and the outdoors?

I really like the autonomy of backpacking.  You have everything you need with you and you just go.  It’s great for getting back into the present moment, simplifying life and paying attention to one’s environment.  Also the people you meet are amazing.

5.  What is your favorite thing about Boots McFarland?  If Boots were a person a real life, how would you describe their character?

My favorite thing is her confidence.  Boots sees the humor in most everything, generally makes the best of where she’s at and as the Brits would say she’s a bit cheeky.

boots Mcfarland

6.  How did you come up with the name “Boots McFarland?”

Most long distance hikers have a trail name so I wanted something short and memorable for the character.  That’s where “Boots” came from and my roommate at the time suggested McFarland.  It sounded good and the “far land” part sort of implied long vast distances which seemed to fit.

7.  It’s always fun to hear the backstory about how comics came to be.  Can you tell me a funny/exciting/interesting story about how you came up with one of your comics?

That’s actually partially the vision of the book.  In the book there are some quotes from my PCT hiking journal and the cartoons that came out of those experiences.  Needless to say 90% of the comics are based on real experiences, myself and occasionally my friends.  Usually ideas come from the little things-bugs, blisters, dreaming of food, that sort of thing.

8.  What is your most popular comic?

Hard to answer that.  I’ll attach a few that had over 100,000 views on Facebook.

Boots McFarland

9.  I see that you recently published a book.  How exciting! Can you tell me a little bit about what I would find in your book?

It’s a collection of some of the best comics created over the past 15 years.  The early ones were black and white.  Also mixed in are some quotes from my PCT journal that correspond to some of these cartoons, as I mentioned earlier.  

10.  Aside from Boots McFarland, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

I’ve really gotten into bikepacking these days.  It’s very similar to backpacking but on a bicycle, you can go farther and see more with that precious 2 week vacation.  I’m also fortunate to work for Tarptent.com so I feel pretty connected with a lot of hikers/campers and get to hear about some of their adventures.

11.  How can others follow this adventurous outdoor-loving cartoon character?

If you’d like to see the “Weekly Boot” it goes up on Facebook and Instagram “Boots McFarland Cartoon” just about every week and I also have a website for more info  www.bootsmcfarland.com.

12.  Where can people find your book?

The book is called "On the Trail with Boots McFarland-Volume 1" and it’s available on Amazon http://a.co/bZcb4a2.

Boots Mcfarland book

If you are not already, we encourage you to go check out "Boots McFarland Cartoon" on Facebook and Instagram.

1 Response


August 05, 2018

I love this Boots Mc Farland. Shes awesome

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Meet the Creator of the Hilarious Hiking Comic Boots McFarland