I survived the 24 Hour Comics Day event of 2007, and now you can read the fruits of my overcaffeinated labor. Go Easy, Bro! is about a werewolf with taste issues, and a sea creature barman who wishes he could just get back to his writing.
I’ve read through it a few times now. It’s weird, looking at it outside of an insane production pace. I feel like I could probably re-tell this story in about 7 pages with more backgrounds and less big panels. Overall, though, I’m happy with the excercise. I worked out the plot first between 12pm and 1:20pm on Saturday (with my handy-dandy copy of 20 Master Plots), then the first 7 pages (the best 7, in my opinion) were all done in about an hour a piece. As it became more clear that I needed to speed up, I started just penciling the pages so I could get the whole story down on paper at least. I didn’t get done with that until about 7am, which was mainly from trying to figure out my pacing and plotting. After 7am, it was a mad dash for lettering and inking. I finished at 11:57am on Sunday; I had only three minutes left.
I did it though.
Every so often I think I get into a rut, where I start letting myself feel bad about the sort of work I do. Eventually I spiral out of doing anything, making me feel worse. This excercise helped get my back on track, let me feel good about my art again. I’ve impressed myself with such a rushed effort, and I’ve been telling myself “just imagine what you can do when you have time?”
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