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:: 30 Days ::
2009/6/23

For your consideration, the following information:

  1. To support my thrice weekly comic posting schedule, I should be creating one new comic every two days, minus Saturdays (reserved for site maintenance and other mundanities). I’m falling behind this pace.
  2. The 24 Hour Comic is a personal challenge in which a cartoonist strives to create a 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours. Some creative types have developed modifications.
  3. Thirty days is a good length for a personal growth challenge.
  4. Publicly stating your personal goals is a good motivator to reach them.
  5. Abraham Lincoln did not wear turtlenecks.

With the preceding tidbits in mind, hereby let it be known that, starting today, for the next thirty-five days (ending 7/27), I will endeavor to create one complete comic strip per day (minus Saturdays, as mentioned above; that makes thirty days, natch).

Given my scant spare time, this means I’ll be attempting to squeeze the creation of each strip into about one hour (just like a 24-hour comic, but spread out more). I don’t intend for the quality of my comics to suffer, so that means I’ll have to come up with some creative new techniques to speed my process (which is sort of the whole point of the challenge). The bonus is that, after thirty days of this, I should have fifteen extra comics with which to bolster my strip buffer. Then it’s back to eating bon-bons.

Twitter followers, please take note: I’ll post the net result of the previous evening’s struggles to my Twitter feed each morning. I’ll likely also make updates–though less frequently–to the blog.

Wish me luck!

:: 11 Comments... ::

  1. Samantha

    *clap clap clap* You can do it!

  2. Whitey

    I’ll be interested to see this unfold, and what you learn from it.

  3. Chris

    Thanks, guys! I’ll give it the old college try…

  4. Chris

    Oh, already picked up one tip today, watching Scott Kurtz draw: He pointed out the (very obvious to me now that he said it) fact that, although width on strips like ours may be fixed, height is not. In other words, I don’t have to try cramming all my text and pictures into the same height boxes if it would provide better results to just extend the height of the panels. Maybe not a win for conservation of language, but should save me time in trying to wrangle space a bit.

  5. Samantha

    You can see the INSTANT in my own comics when I realized this… my comics all vary in length now, but the width is fixed.

  6. Chris

    :)

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