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Another day, another comic!

And the clock starts… NOW!

At Darlene’s suggestion, I spent the last day of September and the first day of October creating another 24-Hour Comic.

What is 24-Hour Comics Day, you may be asking yourself? It’s an informal challenge thrown to comics creators — professionals and amateurs alike — to create a 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours. And it has to be totally inclusive, start-to-finish within that time frame. That means no thumbnail sketches or layouts, no pre-made panels or dialogue, and no helpers! (Well, maybe you can have a helper. I’m not 100% certain about that. Regardless, I didn’t!)

This wasn’t my first 24-Hour Comic. I created one in 2007 (featuring Doc Splatter, .pdf available here) and it was grueling. This year’s was no easier. I went the autobio route and made a comic that discussed at length the myriad of musical influences that have shaped my tastes since childhood.

I think this was at the halfway mark (8:00pm).

Many people who accept the challenge flock to neighborhood comics shops on the designated day (this year it was Saturday, Oct. 1) and participate amongst their peers. Me? I’m a recluse when I create comics. I like the solitude and things like “conversation” and “camaraderie” just get in my way. I’m in it to win it! So like the comic I created in 2007, I worked at home.

VIDEO: Three seconds out of 24 hours! (Click on the inset)

I started at 8:00am on Friday and had the final page scanned into the Mac a few minutes before 8:00am Saturday morning.

Click it to get in there!

My process: Similar to how I create Cool Jerk, I would write the dialogue and captions on the Mac first, then print those pages out and rush them over to the lightbox. There, I would quickly pencil the layouts. Once I was happy with the page, I’d make any necessary changes on the Mac and reprint the dialogue and captions and then ink the final artwork.

I used Sharpie markers and Sigma Micron pens for the inks (I did the same in the 2007 24-Hour Comic). If I had used a brush and ink (like I do for Cool Jerk), I’d have surrendered after the third or fourth page. You maybe wouldn’t think so, but it takes A LOT more muscle control to use a brush. Hell, I get hand cramps when I ink Sunday-sized Cool Jerk strips, which usually takes about three hours. I’m happy to say I didn’t need to do any significant white-out corrections, and any major goofs were quickly edited either with Pentel correction fluid or in Photoshop.

How the book looked once all the pages were scanned.

So that’s the artwork. As far as the story, you’ll have to read it yourself. I admit it won’t be nominated for an Eisner Award anytime soon, but I’m pretty happy I wrote a cohesive story and illustrated it in one day. (And Darlene teared up when she got to the end.) As I said, it’s autobiographical, so it features Darlene, my sister, a fair chunk of my friends, many musical performers and chronologically accurate depictions of my hair. Plus two locator maps. And several poorly drawn vehicles. And a tampon.

Available soon! Stay 'tooned!

BONUS! I live-Tweeted the whole day, at the top of each hour. Take a rare glimpse into the creative process!

Prepping to start 24-Hour Comic Day in 30 minutes. Extra coffee made and Sharpies laid out. #24hourcomicday

Officially starting #24hourcomic with this Tweet. You know, instead of actually drawing. #ohshit

Hour 1: did imposition and thumbnails for all 24 pages. Also saw @darleneeats off to work. THERE GOES MY SUPPORT GROUP! #24hourcomic

Hour 2: Busted out source material (calendars, concert tickets). Wrote dialogue for four pages. Stress Level CODE BEIGE! #24hourcomic

Hour 3: Wrote dialogue for another four pages (dialogue for 1/3 of the comic finished). Off to the drawing board! *fart* #24hourcomic

Hour 4: Penciled four pages, ready for inks! Also tried to reheat a burger from yesterday using the lizards’ sunlamps. FAIL. #24hourcomic

Hour 5: Penciled another four pages. Think it’s time to bust out the Sharpies. That burger sucked, btw. #24hourcomic

Hour 6: Wrote dialogue for another 5 pages, can’t tell if I’m kicking ass or if the ass is kicking me. Switching to inks next. #24hourcomic

Hour 7: Dialogue for more than half the book written, 1/3 penciled. I think I’m on track, but can’t tell. WHERE DID THE DAY GO? #24hourcomic

Hour 8: Fourteen pages penciled. I fear I’m making this harder than I need to. MUST DRAW SILHOUETTES AND BLACK SPLASH PAGES! #24hourcomic

Hour 9: Bit of a snag— had to redo 3 pages because I was unhappy. Thank God I’m not on a deadline for the world to see. #24hourcomic #ohshit

Hour 8: I’m one-third through my day, have 18 pages written (16 of them penciled). @darleneeats is home with foods! #24hourcomic #punchy

Hour 11: Nineteen pages written and penciled. WHOOPS— last hour was really Hour 10. I’m getting kinda loopy. #24hourcomic

Hour 12— the halfway point. I’ve written every page and have 21 of the 24 penciled. That’s the heavy lifting; Sharpies next! #24hourcomic

Hour 13: All pages penciled. Little bit behind because I needed to eat. Mild headache, sore ass. Tylenol to the rescue! #24hourcomic

Hour 14: I just finished inking my third page, minus some detail work that’ll have to come later. i.e. drawing The Smiths. #24hourcomic

Hour 15: Pretty sure I inked another three pages. Left wrist shot… and I’m right-handed! Coffee, please. #24hourcomic

Hour 16: Two and a half more inked pages. Wrist killing me; I think it’s time for TYLENOL! (and stretches) #24hourcomic #neveragain

Hour 17: I have 11 and a half pages inked… almost halfway finished! Getting fatigued— 5 Hour Energy Drink come to papa! #24hourcomic

Hour 18: Lost count of inked pages; need to go back into several of them for detail work. Surprisingly still awake and alert! #24hourcomic

Hour 19: I think I’m down to about seven pages needing inks… then it’s time for detail work. Shoot me now. #24hourcomic

Hour 20: Four more pages to ink, four more hours to go. Hand is dying. Remind me to NEVER DO THIS AGAIN! *slams head into desk* #24hourcomic

Hour 21: Twenty-three pages inked, but plenty of work still ahead. Losing muscle control in hands, bladder. #24hourcomic

Hour 22: All pages inked! Six pages require detail work and/or fixes. I can see the light at the end. Or is that the sunrise? #24hourcomic

Hour 23: The final stretch, firing up the scanner…. #24hourcomic

At the 24 hour mark: all pages scanned. Just a little post-production to make it all purty. CONQUERED!! #24hourcomic

SDCCI is sold out, but Cool Jerk is not!

San Diego Comic-Con International is this week (July 23-27) and IT SOLD OUT! If you’re one of the lucky quarter-million who’ll be there, here’s the low-down:

&#149 Debuting at SDCCI: the SECOND Cool Jerk collected edition Chickadoowa! OMG! This is the good stuff, Maynard! Fresh off the presses, Chickadoowa contains more than 200 strips, but here’s the kicker: more than A QUARTER of them are ALL NEW and HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BY HUMAN EYEBALLS! It’s true! Plus, it contains all the fun extra stuff you’ve come to expect from Hodabeast (Cool Jerk Vol. 1) like sketches, outtakes, director’s commentary and an index! Each book is $12 for hours upon hours of laughter and enjoyment!

&#149 Also making its San Diego debut is my 24-Hour Comic starring Doc Splatter! It’s the printed version of the comic I created last October (24 pages of comic written & drawn in 24 consecutive hours). What’s extra cool is that it directly ties in with Chickadoowa so you’ll HAVE to get one! It’s a mere $2 — less than .09&#162 per page!

&#149 If you’ve been to my table before, good news! Team Cool Jerk is in the exact same spot as the past five years! Here’s a little map I whipped up while you were shaving.

&#149 Team Cool Jerk will also have T-shirts, mini-comics, stickers, button packs, window decals and other effluvia for sale!

&#149 As always, I’m more than happy to junk up your sketchbook with some awesome pencil-and-ink action! Donations to the HornCo Fund are appreciated, of course. =:^)

24hr. Comic has something for nearly everybody!

I done did it! 24hr. Comics Day was last weekend and I KICKED ITS ASS! Well, just barely. I pounded out a 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours, and you can check it out HERE if you like (it’s a .pdf; some browsers will open it directly, others will initiate a download). My gal Darlene kept me going with caffeine, food, minimal distractions, pokes to the ribs and a blog entry that (kinda) documented the whole, sordid event. My hand didn’t even cramp up on me until the last 1/2-hour!

WARNING — Comic contains gore, violence, a couple nipples, a sasquatch, hillbillies, lots of scary images not suitable for sensitive readers and a naked Jeff Goldblum (also not suitable for sensitive readers)!

“Live blogging” the 24-Hour Comic

Darlene blogging here for Mr. Paul Horn, creator and mastermind behind Cool Jerk.

Start of 24-Hour Comic Day for Paul

[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24-Hour Comics — 8 a.m. The Beginning

Building the book

For the next 24 hours, Mr. Horn will be participating in 24-Hour Comics in the privacy of his home. The idea behind 24-Hour Comic Day is to create 24 pages of a comic in 24 straight hours of work. It’s an annual event recognized around the world with the original idea from Scott McCloud this year on October 20.

Paul’s idea for his 24 pages? A mini comic based on his alter ego Doc Splatter, and incorporating 11 movies into his comic. I don’t know how its going to play out but here are the movies to be watched during the next few hours.


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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24-Hour Comics — 8:45 a.m.

This segment is sponsored by Lysol brand toilet cleaner.

It’s going to be a regular Saturday for me while Mr. Horn will be involved in this project. Last time I checked, he was creating the panels to be used for his comic, scanning it in, making copies and planning out the imposition for the book.

As I’m cleaning the bathrooms, I hear the familiar sounds of John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” It’s the only VHS tape in the stack and Paul has chosen to get it out of the way first.


For those of you unfamiliar to “Halloween,” it stars a young Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode going against Michael Myers. One of Paul’s favorite movies and might I dare say, a defining movie in his appreciation of horror classics.

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24 Hour Comics – 9:55 a.m.

Lightboxing "Halloween"

Paul is finally eating breakfast. I predict during the day while I’m running errands and he’s trapped in the condo that I’ll be picking up some Red Bull or Rockstar for him. Man cannot live on a Spam frittata alone.

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24 Hour Comics – 10 a.m.

“The last time I saw “Halloween” was probably the first time you saw it. It’s a classic. It’s never not scary. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times.”- Mr. Horn

The first hour of “Halloween” was spent writing out the script. Much like Paul does with his weekly strip, Cool Jerk, he writes out the script in a FreeHand template, prints it out and draws on it. The project for 24-Hour Comics will be much like that process.

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24-Hour Comics – 10:45 a.m.

“I’m using Sharpie markers — that’s how desperate I am. Good thing these panels will have a lot of black. Maybe I should have six pages of dark panels.” – Mr. Horn

Second page

Nearly three hours down and only one page is complete.

It’s too soon to say whether Paul’s strategy of 11 movies devoted to two pages in 24 hours will work out. Twenty three pages to go…

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24 Hour Comics – 11:10 a.m.

“Still my favorite splatter movie. It’s the best splatter movie ever made.” – Mr. Horn

"The Evil Dead"

Next up for viewing: “The Evil Dead” by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell. Both Michiganders, a state which Paul spent the first few years of his life before moving to Nevada followed by California.

As for the book progress, Paul has somehow managed to finish a second page — minus a blank panel — under my radar.

He blames the slowdown to “Halloween” being on VHS.

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24 Hour Comics – 12:16 p.m.

In a strategy that might define the look of the entire book, Paul has switched from watching the movies on TV to his computer. This allows him to take screenshots of specific scenes in “The Evil Dead.”

Lightboxing "The Evil Dead"

Paul then lays the screenshots on a panel, prints them out and redraws the shape to his style. It has been done on two panels to help emphasize the story. It’s one tool of many in his toolbox he plans to use during the next few hours.

This is definitely not a new thing in the comic industry. One example is Greg Land, a talented artist in his own right. His work has appeared both Marvel and DC books, cues some his work from screenshots.

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24 Hour Comics – 5:29 p.m.

“It’s like when Godzilla meets King Kong but with more blood.” – Mr. Horn

Darlene here again. Took some time off to be with a friend in need.

During that time, Paul completed 8 pages and viewed James Cameron’s “Aliens” starring Sigourney Weaver as the main lead. The pages featuring “Aliens” are still uncompleted and according to Paul, the script didn’t come as easily. I’m starting to hear fear and doubt that he can finish 24 pages in the allotted time.

Paul quickly changes the pace with “Freddy vs. Jason” back on the TV. It may be the most-recent of the splatter films that he decided to view and comment on in his comic. It’s also been viewed the least amount of times compared to the rest of the movies in his queue.

Paul is hoping that this movie will reignite his creative spark.

"Freddy vs Jason"

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[20 Oct 2007 | Saturday]
24-Hour Comics — 8 p.m.

“It’s the halfway mark. I seriously need to consider using more silhouettes and cut down on drawing the details. I’m just surprised my hand hasn’t cramped up yet from all the drawing.” – Mr. Horn

Twelve pages down and 12 more pages to finish. Paul is looking hopeful after meeting the 12th hour with 12 completed pages. He’s on mark. Already one black Sharpie has been put to rest and another one is on the way to the garbage can.

Up next in the movie lineup is the 1986 version of “The Fly” — a movie I haven’t seen. Paul assures me that this movie will want to make me throw up the nice dinner of potatoes and prime rib we just had. Frankly, I think just the sight of Jeff Goldblum will work just as well.

It’s also one of four movies not owned by Mr. Horn. It was obtained at one of two video stores in our neighborhood last night in a frenzy to complete his viewing queue.

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[21 Oct 2007 | Sunday]
24 Hour Comics – 24 hours later

“There were moments last night around 2 a.m. that I didn’t know what I was doing. Time seemed to come together.” – Mr. Horn

ZOMG insane-o

Rewind back several hours. I woke up several times during the night, what seemed like increments of two hours, to check up on Paul. Each time he was either at his drawing board or on his computer drafting up a script.

At 7:00 this morning, he was on his last two pages, sketching up the last few scenes (primarily the introduction to his book). Paul was in good spirits, his voice a bit hoarse and looking forward to getting some rest. Most of all happy that it was over and that he has something to show for his effort.

The casualties during the 24 hours were:
2 two-liter bottles of Dr. Pepper and ginger ale
5 cups of coffee
6 Sharpie markers
Over 100 sheets of paper
And his sanity but only temporarily(?)

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[22 Oct 2007 | Monday]
Doc Splatter’s “Splatterday” aka “24-Hour Comic Bloodbath” Aftermath


Horn here again. I did it — I survived Doctober Splatterday!

It’s the next day.

I got a few hours of mid-day sleep yesterday (Sunday) but that kinda fucked me up for the rest of the day (I was wandering around with a bad case of bed head and “drowsybrain”). But after a regular-night’s sleep I’m back in tip-top form. Just in time to watch San Diego County burn. Again.

The comic itself is embedded in Cool Jerk continuity. It literally takes place inbetween two panels from a strip I did in 1999. And if I do another 24-hour comic next year, I know what to do, what NOT to do and might survive THAT one, too!

Thanks to Darlene for the support and blog updates. Thanks to Ryan, Josep, Nathan and Erin (and ‘Fro, fo sho’) for the cheerleading. Thanks to Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, David Cronenberg, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Lucio Fulci, Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham, Dan O’Bannon and the asshat who directed “Species.” Without you, my 24 pages of Doc Splatter wouldn’t have been possible.

I went ahead and made a .pdf of my comic. I’m wondering if I should make it available to people for download, or if I should keep it under wraps so’s I can sell mini-comics of them at comic-cons.

Maybe both?

What do YOU think? Let me know!

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