Hopkins, a proud standing Welshman - sorry, American.
just finished a 24 hour comic. The 24 Hour Comic challenge
was started by Scott McCloud http://www.scottMcCloud.com
- you must, over a 24 hour period, create a comic book totalling
24 pages from scratch. Writing, drawing, lettering, the
lot. No preparation beforehand is allowed. Creators such
as Dave Sim, Neil Gaiman, Erik Larsen and Rick Vietch have
risen to the challenge as well as a bunch of comic book
amateurs. This weekend, the comic critique website Ninth
Art requested volunteers to take part in a social gathering
with that very purpose.
rot sets in early.
a long stretch, strained in parts and with backaches all
round. Some people bunked off to sleep, others hobbled round
the flat gibbering. I gained the ire of most everyone by
being fast - my aim was to try and do a page in every 45
minutes, gaining some time to sleep as we went. It worked
and I kept everyone else awake and working with my snores.
Every email we received, each comment on the John Byrne
Message Board, each pizza donation through PayPal ($60 worth!!!)
was gratefully received and helped morale even more than
Natalie's Chocolate Truffle Roulade, and small press publisher
Adrian Brown turning up to cook us all a fried breakfast
in the morning. These are the things that keep a 24 Hour
comic going through the time period.
all going to die.
piece, Soulless was ripped from two of the day's headlines,
the announcement of a McAfrica burger in Norway, timed to
coincide (but not to raise money for) the southern African
famine, and a discussion piece about whether '9-11' could
be treated as a brand. Working in advertising for a living,
a fake advert was the easy way in to portray a bunch of
creeps working in the industry without any morals at all.
But by the fourth page I liked them even less than the audience
probably did, so I blew them up and see where it took me.
Apparently into the idea space of Alistair and Naalie, sitting
close to me and already working on a story about angels
and God. Still, they got their own back, one if their characters
became an advertising executive. Funny thing, ideaspace.
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