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January 31st, 2015

hourly comic day: how it works

The first of February is annual Hourly Comic Day! If you've ever wanted to try your hand at comics but not known where to start, this is a great way to do it with lots of other people.



How to do it:

1. Draw a comic for every hour you're awake.

2. Load it onto your blog.

3. If you have access to Twitter, tweet it using the #HourlyComicDay hash tag.

4. Browse around and see what other people have done! Leave comments, they'll love it.


It was first started in 2006 by John Campbell and most people make it about what they're actually doing in their day, so it's a slice of life, but you don't have to do it that way. It's very informal, no one really runs it, but it's great fun seeing the other contributions. It feels most social doing it on the actual day rather than on any other day because you can see people chatting about it on Twitter, and look at all the results together. Every year a few people aren't able to do it on the day because of work, family, etc, and do it as near to the date as they can. Some people tweet each hour as they go and other people save it all up to scan and post the next morning.

Some people even print it up later and sell copies at comics festivals, but don't let that pressure you into trying to make it too perfect; you can do it very roughly, just for fun.

You can also submit it to the tencentticker website (here's last year's forum you can browse). Update edit: Dean's not running this anymore:


Keep an eye on the hashtag if you want to see conversation about it! (You don't even have to be on Twitter to watch.) Here are a couple of mine from previous years.

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