February 1st is Hourly Comics Day, when (mad) people commit to drawing a cartoon every hour that they are awake. I saw this happen on Twitter last year, somewhat wistfully, because by the time I knew it was happening, my day was half over.
This year I was no better prepared, but I did at least see a tweet about it just a few minutes after waking up. Typically, my train of thought went:
– Nah, I can’t possibly commit to that. How do people DO things, AND find the time to draw them?
– Well, I might just draw ONE cartoon…
– Argh, this is ON – there’s no way I’m stopping now.
And that’s how I always get sucked into these things. Click on each of the images below to see them bigger.
Hourly comics day is huge
If you’d like to see what other people have produced, you could be in for a long read:
- Hashtagged tweets are here
- And now Facebook has hashtags too
- Instagram got in on the action, of course
- The mystery that is Tumblr
- Oop, don’t forget Flickr
- There’s even stuff on Pinterest
- There’s an official forum, but I couldn’t register on it – seems like plenty of others managed to, though.
What I learned from Hourly Comic Day
- It’s exhausting!
- You don’t have to record every single thing that happens. I did, and that’s probably why I found it so tiring, but some of the best ones I saw just focus on one small event from each hour. Those cartoons tend to be funnier, too.
- You have to let go of any desire to present perfect drawings. Actually, it’s quite liberating to discover that when people read a project like this, they tend to appreciate the content more than the fine art.
- Use a smaller sketchbook, so that when you come to scan them at the end of a long long day, you don’t have to scan every page twice.
- Don’t expect to set the world alight. I barely received *any* comments on Twitter – I guess there are so many people posting (and frantically drawing between times) that it’s hard to stand out. Conversely, things went down much better on Facebook – but then, the people who follow me there tend to be personal friends with a pre-existing interest in me and my life. :)
What I didn’t learn from Hourly Comic Day
- How other people handle sex scenes. C’mon, people, really?
Will I do Hourly Comic Day next year?
Right now, I’d say ‘no way’. But when February 1st comes around again, you might just see me getting pulled in.