A Comic Book In A Day, A Novel In A Month

There are two yearly events coming up that I’ve always wanted to participate in, but just have never had the time to do so. There is 24 Hour Comics Day — in which one creates a 24-page comic book in within 24 hours on October 7th. And there’s National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) — in which the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

Naturally, being a writer, I’m interested in participating in both of these events. Of course I don’t claim to be an artist, so my 24-hour comic might be a little rough on the eyes. While I’ve never attempted 24-Hour Comics Day, this event seems to be the easier of the two to accomplish. My artistic talent aside, I still might buckle down and give this a try this year. What have I got to lose besides a Saturday.

My partner in crime on Hero Happy Hour, Chris Fason, took the 24-hour comic challenge last year and created a nifty western-horror tale that ended up being published in 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005.

The other event, NaNoWriMo, while my no means less significant, requires a bit more dedication — and not to mention, time. I’ve always wanted to complete a novel — writing one as opposed to reading one, though I could finish more of the novels that I do start to read. I’ve attempted to write a 50, 000 word novel during the month of November twice. Neither time did I get very far. And with my current job as an editor at IDW Publishing (not to mention the 15+ hours of commuting every week) and the number of various projects that I already have on the slate, I don’t see me pulling this one off.

But maybe, just maybe, I’ve got a 24-page comic book that I can hammer out on the first Saturday of next month.


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