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24 Hour Comics

October 3rd, 2006 · No Comments · Art

This Saturday is the annual 24 Hour Comic contest. Created by Scott McCloud, the schtick is that you have to write, pencil, ink and (if you want to) color a 24 page comic in a single, uninterrupted 24 hour period. Needless to say, it’s exceedingly difficult to pull off a full comic in such a short period of time. As such, there are variations available:

The Gaiman Variation - In short, when the time runs out, you stop - no matter where you are in the story. I find this version intriguing because of the Cooleridge-esque way that incomplete creative works are so oddly compelling.

The Eastman Variation - If you’re not done in 24 hours, keep plugging away until you are. Less satisfying and somewhat counter to the point of the exercise in my mind.

A few of my favorites:

The original, Scott McCloud’s “A Day’s Work.”

Neil Gaiman’s “Heliogabolus,” the honorable failure that inspired the “Gaiman Variation.”

Chris Allan’s “Life With Death” is just a flat-out great piece of work.

Most years, I completely forget about the event or I’m busy and can’t clear enough time to do anything decent. I tried once in college, but only wound up with a load of thumbnails and a few half-penciled pages.

This year, however, I’m going to be out in the wilderness at PDF, where free time will likely be abundant. If I can come up with an idea that I like enough, I may actually take a stab at it again. Maybe I can trick Joanna into helping me.


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