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Alternate 24-hour Comic Day SUCCESS!

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Dec. 4th, 2006 | 03:23 pm

Well, I'm happy to report that our 24-hr Comic Day experience was a success.

Due to a number of schedule conflicts, Nick Ladendorf and I were the only two to actually attempt The Dare, but we not only finished, but we did so with time to spare.

We didn't begin quite on time, but got the pencils rolling around 12:31pm on Saturday. Nick decided on the the direct approach, finishing each page as he went. My strategy was to get my story and pencils all finished by the 12-hour mark, so all I'd have left was the inking by the time I started to lose my marbles near the end. Em (concertinette) unfortunately had to work that afternoon, but Seth had our back from the start. We were soon joined in the early afternoon by Dan, who decided to just draw along with us, but couldn't pull the whole stretch. That's okay, though.

Later, Peter Mohrbacher and his friend Emily came and drew with us for a time, too. We ordered pizza, and Em got back from work that evening. The food and company revived us for several hours, but things began to wear down late into the evening.

Dan had to head home, and Em finally had to sleep after a long day at the lab. Pete and Emily threw in the towel to head home in the wee hours, but Seth held on until about 6am or so. Honestly, I think it was harder for the people who weren't actually doing the a 24-hr comic. At least Nick and I had the 24-hr goal looming over us to drive us to the finish line.

To our pleasant surprise, Dale showed up around 7:30am, and provided us we some good conversation, which definitely helped keep us going. Em got up around around 9:30, and she and Dale cheered us on until the end. Nick finished first at around 11:30am, and I put the finishing touches on the final page around noon. I did, however, spend the final half hour erasing my pencils (not knowing whether erasing pencils would count as finishing pages or note), and ended up doing a couple of touchups to things I missed.

Anyway, Nick's piece ended up being about an astronaut who wakes up with a super-uzi in a werewolf-infested castle, and sells his silver bullets for a roll in the sack with a couple of gypsies.

Mine, entitled 'Infested', started as an auto-biographical piece about finding a rat in the bathroom, which quickly turns into an underground adventure pitting Emily and I against inter-dimensional aliens.

Okay, here's a quick peek at what went down:

Here we are, near the beginning:


Clearly, I didn't know what was in store for me, yet.


From left to right: Myself, Dan, and Nick.


Nick, off to an impressive start.


Seth, our amazing surrogate host and camera man.


Here I am sketching the water heater closet -- even for a 24-hour comic, I can't seem to get away from the reference material!


Em (concertinette) partakes of the pizza.


Pete and Emily joined at my table for some sketch madness.


Nick, rocking out in his workspace.


After midnight, now. Inking begins




The final products.

More pics here.

Congratulations to Nick on finishing successfully after so many tries. Good work, man! It turned out beautifully!

Thanks again to Seth for all the photos!

Sorry to those who weren't able to participate this time around. I assure you, it was absolutely worth the effort! We'll have to do another one in the New Year; maybe even on the actual 24-Hour Comic Day for a change!

Thanks to for everyone who came to cheer us on and keep us awake!

I don't know about Nick, but I'll be posting mine on WCN once I get it all scanned in. I'll let you know when it's all posted.

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Dreamling

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from: dreamling
date: Dec. 5th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
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congrats!! I can't wait to see it!

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from: smallmnbigworld
date: Dec. 5th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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Glad I could be of service Dirk! We have to do this again next year. And I promise I'll hang in there next time for the "Victory Shot" at the end!

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from: echanchisai
date: Dec. 5th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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That looks almost like a LAN party.....without computers, of course, and featuring large doses of creativity. Looks like fun! Love your comic, BTW.

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Maelie | Lynn

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from: maelie
date: Dec. 5th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Hey Dirk! Just read your 24-comic. Great stuff! It made me laugh, and the end was too cute. :)


Lynn

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dirktiede

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from: dirktiede
date: Dec. 5th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Hey, thank you! It was way goofy, but hey, that's what you get when you stay up that long...

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The Uptight, Verbally Challenged Individual

Looks interesting...

from: yuri_aoki
date: Dec. 17th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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Man, I've been telling myself to read Paradigm Shift for a few weeks. I don't think I should lay it off anytime soon. And that 24 hour comic looks kinda interesting. Pretty lineart, even!

Oh and since I'm such a art noob, anyone knows what's that brown paper which Nick was using? I'm just curious.

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dirktiede

Re: Looks interesting...

from: dirktiede
date: Dec. 19th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Hey, thanks! Did you post a comment in my OnlineComics entry?

Nick said the paper he was using came from the printing company he works for. I think it's just used for wrapping up packages to ship, actually. It's the cheap stuff that comes in gigantic rolls.

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The Uptight, Verbally Challenged Individual

Re: Looks interesting...

from: yuri_aoki
date: Dec. 20th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... did I comment in the OnlineComics? Errr... nope?

Hmmm... *thinks again* *checks OnlineComics* Oh! Yep, I commented! =P

Cheap printing paper, eh? :p Hmmm... since I've never seen such paper before, I guess I'm clueless as to why he'd use it instead of normal white paper. =P

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dirktiede

Re: Brown Paper...

from: dirktiede
date: Dec. 20th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I think it's the sort of thing that only comes in industrial-sized rolls.

I'm sure the reason he used it was because it was free, since he got it from work. It also has a nice medium tone he could use both blacks and whites. I'm sure if you shop around at various paper outlets, you could find something like it.

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Re: Brown Paper...

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 8th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
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cool little story...enjoying Paradigm Shift, whens the next part out!? ;)

Lee (UK)

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dirktiede

Re: Brown Paper...

from: dirktiede
date: Jan. 8th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Next page goes up tomorrow. I'm inking it this afternoon.

More soon, promise!

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