9 am: Not enough sleep last night. Tried to do a little work on current projects, ended up with a head full of layouts to work out. Good to have Alex begin the challenge with me though. No idea why she’s still awake after her night shift, but it’s also nice to see Jad chime in. Started the day right.
10 am: One page down. Jad uploaded page 1 to the site for me and came up with the title. She’s happily asleep now. I’m trying to plan one page ahead mentally so I build momentum. Alex is eating chips and watching Youtube vids. I can hear him eating over Skype and it’s making me hungry.
11 am: Page two took a little longer than it needed to. Making page 3 a splash so I can catch up a bit. Also, space ships are fun. Alex has been inspired by videos he’s just seen and has begun. Andrew Drilon is a machine.
12 nn: Page 4 is my hero shot. Trying to keep my layouts as varied as possible to keep the delivery interesting. My brother Roby had an anchovy pizza delivered for me. Probably shouldn’t try to draw while I’m eating, but I’m fucking starving.
1 pm: Took too long on previous page, but detail there was necessary. Using a bit of a cheat on page 5, combo with some basic Photoshop effects… am hoping it comes across clearly in the read. Okay, enough pizza.
2 – 3 pm: Page 6. Kinda screwed myself with that big exposition shot, but it had to be done. Listening to Around Comics to keep focused. Alex is on a break.
4 – 6 pm: Kat gets on Skype to talk me through pages 7 and 8. And it’s just as well, coz I can’t figure out how to refill the copic markers she lent me. Jad helps me figure out the forthcoming ‘mind assault’ scene via text message.
7 pm: Talking comics with EJ as I figure out page 9. Taking a bit of a shortcut again, but I make sure Johnny Danganan knows about it first via YM. He’s staying awake and online just like the rest of us. Copy-paste zoom-in might sound like a cheat, but it ‘s the effect it has on the suspense that I’m after. If what I have planned works, the next page will be a surprise.
9 pm: The simplicity of page 10 is therapeutic, but I hope the ‘switch’ isn’t too jarring. I probably could have delivered the transition a little better. Also, drawing clouds with copic markers is hard. Kat and Jad talk anime over Skype while Alex links us to 4chan crap. Don’t they understand how serious this whole thing is?
10-12 mn: I employ a bit of a cheat again for page 11. I spot the ‘flesh’ parts of the characters in cast black, just like Risso does. I just recently started reading 100 Bullets. Sue me. I hope it works out okay.
1 – 2am: Neck and back hurts now. My internet bugs out all of a sudden and I am unable to upload pages. I lie down to talk to my girl over the phone and have a snack. I entertain the idea of just going to bed now but Jad reminds me of how much effort I’ve already put in and eggs me on.
3 am: Back at the desk to draw page 12. Still no internet. I have Jad on speakerphone and a flock of angry ducks.
4 am: Page 13. I am drawing a raw duck embryo. I don’t know whether to be mad or thankful that I don’t have access to Google images.
5 am: I’m gonna try to end this thing here, at page 14. I’m chopping out a lot of stuff that I would have wanted to do… but I don’t think I’ll be able to do the ideas justice at this point. So there it is, a dirty little bow.
7 – 8am: Still no internet, and three more pages to upload. Internet cafes in my area are all closed, on account of it being a Sunday. I find out Alex is awake, so I head over to his apartment to commandeer his laptop and upload my story’s conclusion..
9 am: Breakfast with Alex at McDonald’s. We feel like we just got out of jail. If jail was… y’know… fun. And with prizes.
— pass out —