I survived ’24-hour Comics Day’!!!

Here’re the folks who started Oct. 3rd at 10 am:

group sat 11am

…you can check the link for some blogs and pictures.  This was my second year doing it.  Last year I only drew 14 pages, but they were all finished and snazzy.  This year I drew the full 24 pages (!!!), but only in pencil.  Once again, my visionambision ran away with my ability to actually perform physical acts within a 24-hour space of time, and I was rendered powerless to ink.  But I have to say that I am really pleased with the final results, though I have no idea if I’ll actually finish up the art and stuff or not…  I’m thinking of simply turning the blue pencils into greyscale on Photoshop and adding a bit of color, maybe.  We’ll see.

As an experience, this year’s 24-hour was outstanding.  We had a ton of fun people, many of whom performed with outlandish skill and pluck, coming up with some totally rad comics that I can’t wait to see all put together.  We a had a bunch of people connected to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design attending this year, and they really made the rest of us look like crap.  Walking around peeking, I felt like I was taking a tour of an animation studio or something!  I met some great new comic nerd friends, and got to play some of my own music for everyone this year, which was a real treat.  Cheers to Carlos, Vern and Zach, who I had some really nice chats with.  I hope I can run into those guys more in the future!  I was kind of bummed when it was all over because I had so much fun hobnobbing and lallygagging that I totally forgot to blog at all during the night.  Bummage.

Another thing that made it really great was the fact that by putting inking out of my mind as the night went along, the task of drawing all night and day took much less out of me than last year.  Inks, especially with a brush, take so much fine motor skill and concentration that you end up locking every muscle in your body up without thinking about it, and it really strains you.  At least, it does for an inking amateur like myself.  But the pencils flowed smooth and easy all night, and my sketches came out surprisingly clean, with not a whole lot of wasted line.  And the whole time I was just really happy with the story that grew from my four randomly-selected dictionary words that I started the event with.  As a hint of what’s to come, those words were: THEORY, CONVALESCE, DRYAD, and ORTHODONTICS.  That’s right, baby.  You couldn’t ask for a better narrative setup.

And to top it all off, Dana made a truckload of the best freakin’ cranberry-oatmeal-white-chocolate-chip cookies ever, increasing everyone’s quality and productivity by over 23.4 percent.  Oh, here’re the rockstars who persevered until 10 am the following day (to be fair, Danno Klonowski should also be there, having taken off only moments before.  He stayed the whole time even though his comic was finished long hours before.  What a star!):

The group sun 10a

Sorry to say you won’t be able to see the scans of my comic right now, as there aren’t any.  Soon, though!  I’ll get ’em on here ASAP.  In the meantime, click the link below to check out other people’s stuff.

Peace and love, and stay tuned to the Tethered Hawk!


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