- Posted by Johanna on February 4, 2012 at 8:13 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Hourly Comics Day was February 1, which means a lot of great comic creators put up short glimpses into how they spent their days. (The event encourages artists to create comics every hour, so it’s kind of like a sketchbook diary.) Here are some of my favorites:
Lucy Knisley went way above and beyond by doing hers in watercolor.
I liked finding out more about Sarah Becan‘s day job, although I was sorry to hear she’s sick. Favorite quote in reference to customer feedback: “‘Oomph’ is not adequate direction.
Alex Heberling shows the nocturnal style of creative living in a simple but colorful style.
Jen Wang uses collages of multiple images to capture her day. Features happy poop and other biological effects.
Raina Telgemeier provides this excellent observation: “The most productive days are also the most painful!” Work takes effort and has a cost, but it’s so worth it! (Something I needed to hear right now.) The panel right before the one shown here is outstanding cartooning, by the way. And I like seeing the quiet domesticity of artist couples.
In her writeup, Brigid Alverson notes:
Hourly Comics Day brings journal comics to their logical extreme: Every hours, creators stop what they are doing and draw a comic about it. There’s an inherent flaw in the concept, in that the best artists are the people who draw comics all the time, which makes for a dull diary.
Yet I like seeing comic creators drawing themselves making comics, at least in short bursts. There’s such diversity in how they show themselves to us and the staging of the scene.