April 23, 2004
The Thirteenth Labor
But did Hercules ever write and draw a 24-page comic book in 24 hours?
I thought not.
That’s because a challenge like this ain’t for chumps. Luckily, I’m an old comics pro.
I’m sure you recall the adventures of the Baker Bobcat in The Torpey Talk-About, Baker Middle School’s paper of record.
Perhaps you were a fan of my, er, avant-garde editorial cartoons in The State News.
Or maybe you saw the Poynter.org centerpiece. Disclaimer: Not my finest hour.
Well, that was all just preparation.
Pop Comics in Sarasota. Midnight tonight to midnight on Saturday. 24 hours. 24 pages.
There’s an important stipulation to this challenge: “No sketches, designs, plot summaries or any other kind of direct preparation can precede the 24 hour period,” says Scott McCloud. Ideally, you’re not supposed to think about it at all ahead of time.
So, to guard against premeditation, I’ve asked my old college crew to e-mail ideas — words, names, phrases — to Matt, who will print them out and seal them in an envelope.
Tonight, as the clock strikes twelve, I’ll tear it open; the scraps within will be the seeds for my 24-hour labor.