Friday, August 5, 2011

24 Hour Comics People

I estimate this was drawn between 3-4am

Since the 16th of July, eight of Melbourne's greatest cartoonists have been sharing a big transparent open studio right in Federation Square. Check them out at their tumblr here.

This past I went along to a big 24 hour comic drawing session they were holding and am still recovering. It was really something!

That is me on the right sitting across from Mandy Ord. Photo by Rebecca Clements.

I lasted 15 hours and got seven pages done along with contributing to a few jams going around. I'm not going to try and list all the people I saw but for the most part, my tablemates were Ben Hutchings, Mandy Ord, Rebecca Clements and Patrick Alexander (who I had never met and was 100 times more dapper than expected).

These photos are in 3D because it's 2011

It wasn't just fun, I also learned a few things about how I make comics by watching others doing it. Firstly, everybody else has super tight pencils compared to me. I want to try this out to see how much my loosey gooseyness is a style thing and how much of it is a me being lazy thing.

Another thing I want to try after being by Mandy is to not be so frugal with my black ink. I know this is something I do more because of constantly being scared of running out rather than any creative reasons and I think when you're creating every decision should be a creative one.

The Inherent Vice gang are still in the space until the 14th of August if you want to check them out.


  1. 24 Hour events bring out the gold. I'm not an artist so can't contribute THAT way, but Im always working on something or other when I'm there and I get SO MUCH DONE.

  2. Yeah, I've only ever done them alone at home before and with the goal of having a 24 hour comic done. This time I just planned to do as much as I can and I loved it so much more.

  3. I can't do it without being in a group. There's something about seeing everyone else soldiering on that makes me knuckle down and want to work. And I'm always astounded by the quality of work that people can produce in such a short time and I think that lifts my own game.

  4. That sounds like an awesome night and an amazing project!