At the end of January the 12 hour amateur comic day happened; an event in which you have to make 12 comic pages during 12 hours. Of course it’s inspired by the 24 hour comic day, but we lazy-ass took it easy when we created it back in the day (hell, it’s already been 7 years!). More seriously, we just couldn’t take 24 hours off considering our jobs, so yes, we toned the challenge down a little.
What I remember from my first participation is… how easy it all seemed. I came without questions, tried to reach the goal : “make 12 pages !!”, and was happy when it was done.
The years came by, reaching the goal became “easy” (let’s rather say I became sure of my ability to make it) and other questions started to pop up : shouldn’t I try to reach a better result? am I not taking the easy path by always relying on an easy final twist to make sure the story created an emotional impact? so year after year I tried to have some new objectives such as “trying to make a slice of life story”, “not relying on a final twist”, etc etc.
Last year I even decided to scrap the 12 hour constraint to be able to get a better graphic result. That was Finale, and while the result was polished, I thought it lacked in… whatever my first participations had. Boldness?
So this year I tried to come back to my old formula : a final twist, strong black and white contrasts. An easy recipe, but apparently, it’s one I like.
So Void was born, and I think it’s my favourite participation for this challenge so far. I even got attached to these characters, which is really rare for me.
I still admire authors who are able to create emotions without relying on twists though. One day I’ll have to get to it. In 12 pages though, it’s not easy.
► The 12 hour amateur comic day is a french yearly event which takes place at the end of January. French speaking people can get more information about it here.
► You can read the other contestants participations here (french only though).