Ninja Falcon: A 24-Hour(ish) Comic
See below for Adam’s notes. Click images to enlargify! Bigger art is prettier art.
I’ve always wanted to do a 24-hour comic. It’s a Scott McCloud idea—he challenged the brilliant but “slow” Steve Bissette to do a 24-page comic in a 24-hour sitting after seeing how fast the guy was at an in-store signing. And then it became A Big Thing, an event that officially takes place every October. McCloud stipulates that you should come to the table with nothing … no script or pre-conceived ideas. He suggests taking a game like Taboo with word cards and drawing a new card for every page and using the words in the comic. I remembered something my studio-mate Tyler had shown me, the Periodic Table of Awesoments! I thought it was very funny and had a lot of words I’d like to draw a comic about. I cut up the Awesoments, put them in a bowl and drew out five: Ninja, Falcon, Metal, Video Game and Kool-Aid.
I started drawing. I cheated by doing double page spreads to save time…I was working on 2 pages at a time. I further cheated by sleeping in the middle. (You are supposed to stay up 24 hours straight…) I worked for 12 hours on a Saturday, slept 8 hours and put in another 12 hours on Sunday. I was still five pages short. I drew the last five pages on Monday. Then I went back in on Tuesday and re-drew some stuff on the pages I didn’t like. Then I spent a couple of days lettering it and spotting blacks in the computer. So, all in all, it is more like a weeklong comic than a 24-hour comic.
It’s meant to be a pure experiment, but I ended up liking both the process (modifications and all) and the result. I showed to to my eight-year-old niece, Shaylin, and she really liked it and is really looking forward to more adventures of the Falcon Ninja. I’ve been thinking about going back in and changing a few things to make it more of a real story instead of a groovy experiment … So, as they say in the comics: To Be Continued …
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