Like Christmas, a very special day rolls around once a year. And that day is 24 Hour Comic Day. 24 Hour Comic Day is a one day event where cartoonists create a 24 page comic in 24 hours. It’s an event/challenge created by cartoonist Scott McCloud. Yesterday was that day. Each year, members of the Cartoonist Conspiracy get together to draw their comics so I headed down there to hang out and draw.
I did a 24 Hour Comic a few years ago when I was single and childless, and had the energy to plow through the thing, but I don’t have what it takes anymore. I decided I’d head down and draw for a couple hours and see some friends I don’t see nearly enough. Friends like Danno, here.
I’m working on a story right now, but I wanted to take a break from it so I asked Brian Bastian if he had any ideas for a couple pages. Brian ended up writing a one page Uptown Girl story and a one page Tommy Chicago story. The “rules” for 24 Hour Comic Day state that you should begin your comic without a script and just see what you can come up with. I figured I wasn’t really participating in the official event anyway so I decided to break another rules. In your face, Scott McCloud.
I decided to do the Tommy Chicago script first. Here’s what the script looks like. Whenever I get a script from Brian, I break down the dialogue down into panel breakdowns based on pacing, timing and action. The brackets indicate panels.
I did a layout with the dialogue and I go to work on the inking. Sometimes when I ink I will go through the entire page and ink one specific character. In this comic, I started with the police officer and then moved onto Jimmy.
At this point I realized that I was behind schedule. I decided to leave the comic as is and go back and add some detail and texture when I got home. I really wanted to at least start the Uptown Girl script. But here’s what the Tommy Chicago page looks like:
I was disappointed I wasn’t able to finish the Uptown Girl script (see? I really am slowing down) in the 90 minutes I was there, and I am not too thrilled about the Tommy Chicago comic, I think I am just going to redo it from scratch. But I had a lot of fun.
Later that night I finished the whole page and here it is:
I’ve been meaning to buy one for a few years. Luckily, Wet Paint was there to sell supplies and give out free stuff. Thanks guys! I love the pen, and you can get one at http://wetpaintart.com/
You can read more about the event and see some pictures of some very tired cartoonists at their website: