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scribble: my 24-hour comic

Hello! Here's the comic I made for the 24-Hour Comic Marathon at this weekend's Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal.

The challenge I set myself (besides making a whole book in 24 hours!) was to make a comic book that an adult could read aloud to a child. (Usually comics are rather difficult to read aloud.) So there are bits that might be slightly wordy, but I was doing that to try to make it read better. It was an experiment, so see if you think it works!

Ta-DAH! Thank you for reading! I'll blog more about the event and creating process soon, but big thanks to Scott McCloud, who set the original 24-Hour Comic challenge, and came all the way from the USA to give the festival a boost and pop his head into the room a couple times with his wife, Ivy, to cheer us on. Here we are in the Page 45 room with the six other creators who were working on their own books along with me through the night (from left): Jack Teagle (@jackteagle), Kristyna Baczynski (@kbaczynski), Warwick Johnson Cadwell (@WarwickJC), Scott ((@scottmccloud), awesome coordinator Dan Berry (@thingsbydan), Fumio Obata (@FumioObata), Joe Decie (@joedecie) and me. Dan was amazing and worked with a local Kendal printer, Absolute Digital Print, to roll out 50 copies of each book by that evening. (Wow!) I've sold out of my copies, but perhaps sometime I'll print some more.

Oh, and did you notice that big crowd scene, when Jamie the scribble is on display at the art museum? I got some help with drawing the crowd from the amazing team of Kendal College assistants who stuck with us through the night, in two shifts. A lot of the people were drawn by Janet (here with her sketchbook), who's ace.

And here are Phil Welch and Katie White, who stayed with us through the WHOLE 24 HOURS and created an AMAZING BLOG, tweeting as @24hcm and using the #24hcm hash tag. Also, a little look at my work desk, and a pose on the following Sunday with festival-mascot-creator Felt Mistress and the two top festival coordinators, Julie Tait and Sandra Wood. Thanks so much, everyone!

Edit: And here's Dan Berry's 24-Hour Comic! (His is more adult-friendly, but totally amazing.)

EDIT 2: Now you can buy ALL SEVEN COMICS AS A BOOK!! YAY! Review by Stephen at Page 45 comic shop, who sells it in the Nottingham shop and online


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Dan Chambers
Oct. 20th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
What a lovely comic - I really dig your sense of design and composition too!
Oct. 20th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Great!
Thank you so much! I hope you get to see all seven comics at some point; the other six are so amazing!
Oct. 20th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
What fun! And look, there's somebody else I know. Hi, Joe Decie!
Oct. 21st, 2014 08:09 am (UTC)
Oh wow, you know Joe! That's fab. :) Thanks!
Oct. 21st, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
Wonderful! Did you get any sleep? And wow! You met Scott McCloud! (This is Candy. Does Livejournal know that it's not possible to log in from a smartphone?)
Oct. 21st, 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
Ha, I'd planned to take at least a two-hour nap, but I was so pushed for time that I ended up working straight through. But then I finished two hours early, so maybe I could've had that nap! Joe Decie went for a sleep, but he was so worried about the comic that he didn't get a wink, and came back downstairs. The festival actually booked us a masseur! And hardly anyone had ever had a massage before, so it was funny watching their faces when they came back from their sessions.

I noticed that Livejournal has a smartphone app, but I haven't downloaded it yet, I should try. And yeah, it's kind of lame with comments, but I really appreciate it when people do leave them here; then what they've written doesn't drift away and get lost down various social media feeds. LJ's old and clunky but there are still too many reasons I love it to leave.
Oct. 21st, 2014 08:19 am (UTC)
True that we should all value our scribbles.

It's a great story and an amazing achievement within the timeframe. If I didn't think it would scare the dog I would give you a standing ovation right now.
Oct. 21st, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
Oops the comment above wasn't meant to be anonymous!
(Amanda Lillywhite)
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