24-hour comic #7: GCB!
My seventh 24-hour comic, GCB! is available for reading, if anyone wants to check it out! Be forewarned though, this WILL be an issue of Phase 7 in the future (probably with additional pages of shorter stories and gags about Gabe). So don't read it if you want to wait for the print version... But that also probably won't be out for a year or more... so...? Oh jeez, just go read it!
Aaron and I were talking about 24-hour comics the day before I started this one, and he was encouraging me to only draw like three or four panels per page. I wish I had taken his advice! No, I pushed myself pretty hard again this time. It took me from the first instant of the 26th until 2:08am on the 27th (another Eastman Variation, dammit!) Here is my chart for when I started and finished each page:
As you can see, there wasn't much time for breaks, which was NOT my original intention. Also, I had planned to use my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, since it wouldn't involve constantly dipping a brush into an inkwell for 24 hours, but after drawing the first panel on the first page I was like, "AUUGGHHH!" and threw it across the room. It just wasn't working for me. So this was all done with a normal brush, a sharpie for the panel borders and a ballpoint pen for the lettering and crosshatching. Oh, and LOTS of white out!
I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, but people should remember that IT IS A 24-HOUR COMIC. Just like Scars, this one is pretty coherent and narrative. I was using this challenge more as an intense work block, rather than an improvised experiment. So it's close enough to some of my "normal" work that it will probably be hard not to compare the two. But this is an ENTIRELY different thing! You have to remember that I was making this up as I went, on no sleep, going more and more crazy as the day progressed! Those last four pages were really difficult to get out.
My back did great, and my drawing hand held up pretty well, considering I used it for 26 hours straight. I can feel the tendons and muscles used for drawing all the way up my forearm and into my upper arm and shoulder, because they are all sore! :P
Ah well, I really felt that I had to get this drawn before Gabe arrived, as our friendship will no doubt morph again with him here in New York and us living together again. Gabe arrived last night and read it straight through. He thought it was cool to share with everyone, so there it is!