Get ready – the moment is upon us! The first ever Max the Mutt 24 Hour Comic Extravaganza is coming up later this month!
Your daunting task – first conceived by the fertile brain of comics guru Scott McCloud – will be to create 24 complete, full sized, penciled, inked, and lettered comic book pages in a 24 hour period!
So successful has this concept been that comic book creators and fans across the world now tackle this challenge on a set date in early October. For obvious reasons – like a mountain of assignments – we are going to push our inaugural challenge to work week – specifically to Thursday, October 27th. We’ll begin at noon that day and work through the wee hours till noon the next day – Friday the 28th. Of course, to fuel the creative fires we’ll need not only the feverish presence of fellow artists but also food (preferably greasy) so we’ll charge a $5 fee per person for the best local pizza money can buy. Choice of beverage will be yours – whatever gets you through the night.
Now, let’s set some parameters. As noted before your task will be to complete, in the 24 hours allotted, 24 full size (10”x15” image area) pencilled, inked, and lettered pages. There must be no written preparation beforehand. You can plan out what you want to do in your head, but no scripting or thumbnailing is allowed before you begin. Many artists come in “cold” – they start drawing and simply follow their pencil where it takes them – try it! You are allowed one splash page (full page image), and one double page spread – all other pages must have at least two panels. No “snowman” pages are allowed – all white pages with only captions and word balloons. No “cave” pages are allowed – all black pages with only captions and word balloons and, needless to say, no “carnage” pages are allowed – all red pages with only word balloons and captions. You can have silent pages – no captions or balloons – up to a maximum of twelve. We are planning to have prizes – details to be announced – but to be eligible you must have completed all 24 pages! This challenge is open to all streams – Sequential, Animation and Concept – and to Instructors as well, although instructors will not be eligible for prizes.
We will posting more particulars throughout the month leading up the big day – till then, start revving your motors, sharpening your pencils, and building up your sleep deprivation endurance!
Kent Burles (Illustration For Sequential Arts. Coordinator)