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Hourly Comics Day Training









February 1st is Hourly Comics Day! For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's the day when comic makers from all over the globe make a small comic for every hour they're awake! Some people like Lucy Knisley are SO excited that they're doing practice runs. I thought that was a pretty good idea, so I did one, too. Just to see how much work is involved. Each panel ended up taking about 5-10 minutes but lord help ye who decided to watch a movie - catching up is tough!

Anyways, I implore you cartoonists out there to try your hand at this. It's a great way of just getting something made. And that, my friends, is worth 5-10 minutes of your time every hour.

11 comments:

Matt said...

Those are awesome, Chris. Hourly Comics Day seems like such a daunting challenge but, after seeing how much fun you had with these, I may have to give it a try this year. Are you gonna do another warm-up day or two?

John said...

This sounds exciting. You should go for it Matt!!

Sam Spina said...

wow that sounds intense

Anthony Woodward said...

I like the loose sketchy feel of the drawings

El Gato Negro company said...

awesome!! i think i might try this one of day... seems to be a really cool challenge!!
i hope to see more of it! keep up =D

Jen Breach said...

I had my fingers crossed that we might get an hourly comic out of you, Chris, but imagine my glee at this extra special present of a practice run - huzzah! and nice job!

Christopher Downes said...

Matt - you should give it a try! It is daunting - I will admit to that, but it's great to really work your creative gears for a day.

John and Sam - you guys should do it, too!

Mr. Woodward - yeah, I like the feel of these drawings, too. But there's a part of me that worries that it interferes with the readability of the comics. I dunno. I'll have to get back to you on that one.

For the EGN Company - I'm planning on doing one or two more before the actual day. It's heartwarming to know you're cheering me on. As you always do!

Jen - Huzzah!

Adam Baudelaire said...

I don't think the readability is affected at all Chris, I'd not worry about that.
As an observer of your work Chris, I find the most engaging work takes in the interaction between you and Brioney. My favourite panel of all of that is her laying on your back saying "MAKE A COMIC ABOUT THIS!"
Love that chick...
I reckon that MAKING yourself work in this way will make things flow more easily. Remember that it's the little, human intimate things that allow your audience to connect.
"Do you have smelly fee?"
"Probably not?!"
This sort of thing is tremendously endearing and tells the reader a tiny little thing about you as a person and you both as a couple. That's the gold mate...

Alex said...

Deadlines certainly help push the work forward. Deadlines as tight as an hour are a novelty to me. Though I can only speculate, I'd say these tight restrictions are responsible for the great flow your work has. Forcing yourself to tell the story as quickly as possible keeps the story tight and focused. Definitely worthwhile. I might give that a shot.

SheikaL said...

Looking great, Chris! I can't believe each one only took you 5-10 minutes. I was spending the better half of each hour drawing my practice hourlies.

Anonymous said...

Chris, this was so much fun to read. You know, your fans are right about how enjoyable it is to have interaction between you and Briony. And yes, you do have the potential for stinky feet...you're a male, enough said. Mom