Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Spider and The Moon - A 24 Minute Comic

Yesterday I was reading some comics online and came across a few 24 minute comics. I thought... I can do that, but I'll do a panel a minute for 24 minutes. So I did it. I actually had a minute at the end to go back and do some shading.
It is very influenced by The Beanworld and is actually tangentially a Patchwork Earth comic. It fits in with FLOW, which I think I am going to start publishing here next week.
Oh, and yes, I spelt "believe" wrong. I kept trying to remember i before e, but when you only have a minute a panel, you have to keep going.


Blogger Bezman said...


I was looking at 'Make Comics Forever' and followed your link.

I enjoyed the story, thought how excellent it was for a 24-minute comic, then say the thing at the bottom saying I inspired it!

Wow! And here was me thinking no-one ever went to my site! (It honestly seems like it's just one or two friends who look at it.)

Oh, I noticed my links were wrong so you didn't see my first 24-min comic.

That one was an attempt at 24 panels. I also tried to flick open a dictionary for a random word to incorporate, but doing that probably used up a couple of minutes and maybe made it more random than I'd like.

Your one is much nicer. The linework is sumptuous.

May I ask how you ensured improvisation on your comic?

Also, as I don't feel like posting in multiple places (sorry, I'm rushed...), I really liked your 'what's the worst that could happen comic' and the 1981 one. In the latter, I was kinda hoping to find out his power, but it was nice as it was anyway.

Oh, and your writing is really, really nice.

This is honestly the most inspirational thing I've seen since 3 people did 168-hour comics in one week.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Peter said...


This is the first comment anyone's left for me here. Thanks for the nice things you said..

I just read your first 24 minute comic and even if it did take you 25 minutes, I think it was more successful than some of your others. The story was incoherent, but interesting. Maybe you could save the time of actually looking up words in the dictionary by having someone do it for you (either at the time or ahead of time).

As for how I ensured improvisation... I didn't. I had a preconcieved idea on what (in general) was going to happen and went from there. The spider characters appeared (or rather will appear) in a story called "Flow" which I'm going to start posting on Monday. Total improv isn't essential to timed comics (in my opinion). Please read this from Steve Bissette's blog (which mentions you!), for his opinion.

Who was the third 168 hour comic by... I know Ryan Estrada and Ryan Armand...


10:56 PM  
Blogger Bezman said...

It's linked to from the last comment on Mr. Ladyboy's site.

You saying it's more interesting than others makes me wonder what others you're referring to...

I suppose ultimately, whether to think of a story on the spot or not is up to the individual. Even if you do try to improvise, it'll still be something your subconscious probably thought of a while ago.

But I just personally find confining myself to improv. more interesting. I suppose specially with the -minute versions, it's a good sorta brainstorming session. No need to worry about quality when you're only spending minutes on it. Just a story churning process.

Just my thoughts.

Also, I think you were onto a great thing with your highly simplified characters.

Anyhoo, gotta go draw!

Stay funky,
- Bez

4:38 AM  

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