Tomorrow I will be attempting something I have wanted a long time to try. Scott McCloud of Understanding Comics fame started all of this off at a dare with him and a friend and it has grown. Tomorrow over 70 locations will be hosting the event, some in areas as diverse as Serbia and Thailand.
Jett, what ARE you yammering on about?
I yammer about the 24 Hour Comic.
The 24 Hour comic.
What is THAT?
It's considered the ultimate smackdown cartoonist challenge. Consider it a marathon for cartoonists.
The 24 Hour Comic dares the cartoonist to write, draw and ink 24 pages ...in 24 hours. If that doesn't boggle your mind, please consider that it takes at least a month to put together a regular comic book.
1. You are allowed to collect all your materials...your pencils, your pens, the bristol board before hand, but once your pencil hits the page, the clock starts ticking. You are allowed to leave your desk, eat and take naps...but the clock ticks.
2. You are not to plan out your story in advance. The idea is to sit down, start drawing and see where it goes.
In order to complete the 24 hour comic, you have to go at a page an hour...but think about it...if you divide the page into a standard 6 panel layout...that's 10 minutes a panel. You can draw a LOT in 10 minutes, no?
Why the heck are you doing that?!
Um...because I WANT to?
Won't you get tired?
Pbhttt. Um, YEAH.
What do you win?
You don't WIN anything...you just get to brag that you did it. How many runners REALLY enter marathons expecting they have a shot of coming in first?
So, it's a speed thing?
No...it's a `Can you complete it' thing!
Anyway, tomorrow at Night Flight comics at the SLC library, you will find me chained to my desk with 8 other artists. I'm thinking about taking my laptop and hooking up my webcam so my adoring public can peek in every so often. Yea, nay?
So, if you can, stop by, say hello, see how we're doing. Night Flight will be open all 24 hours and if you come in after midnight you get 24% off your purchase which actually is a pretty cool deal.
So, wish me luck!