Monday, 7 March 2011


Woo! So here's my 24hr comic, completed at the beginning of February at the amazing Eden Project, which if you haven't been, is like a slice of the future- today.
It was for 24hr Comic etc., where three events in different parts of Cornwall were set up for us participants to try and complete 24 pages of comics,24 illustrations, 24 minutes of film, 24 songs, or whatever in the allotted time. It was awesome! Real good fun, with amazing people and organisers.
Although having to get a bus and a couple of trains back home after a distinct lack of sleep is a lot harder than you'd think.

Anyway, here it is! I used photoshop magic to get rid of my coloured pencils and level the pages (here's what an original looks like), so that might be thought of as cheating (going outside the time limit). But I don't care.

It turns out there isn't a photoshop tool to airbrush out bad storytelling. Here's my comments from a questionnaire I gave to the organisers:

"I don’t think it’s explained very well in the story, but the idea is that scientists and biologists created a giant machine for harvesting natural resources, but it malfunctioned and ended up destroying the local environment by letting anything useful rot and stagnate within its structure. The scientists made underground stations to help maintain whatever plantlife was left from above, using mirrors to get sunlight underground. That’s the backdrop, anyway. The creature/machine was inspired by the giant scrap robot in the eden project, and most of the rest of the comic is inspired by all the people and bits and pieces dotted around the area."

So yeah. That's it!


  1. MAn! What an AWESOME comic! It's so pure... Anyways, I feel like I don't care about the back story at all: just give me all STORY! I mean, I didn't know exactly what the setting was supposed to be but but I can tell they are scientists and there's a environmental problem and anyways that's not important to me: what matters is the characters and what happens between Warren and his girl and the heroine's character. I feel like all the superfluous things have been "asked to leave", and that's why I love it. Also, that's a sweet punch.

  2. Haha, thanks so much! I'm really glad you liked it. I feel that no matter what length of time I spend on my comics, they could be improved by a second draft of some sort, so I think a 24hr comic would be a great technique to regularly get the ball rolling on projects.

    Man, I only found your blog recently but looking over it again I can still do nothing but drool. Every picture is like a glimpse into a longer narrative. Do you have any readable work? What sort of work are you doing at the moment, anyway?

  3. That... was awesoooooome... you're whole blog is amazing, I look forward to more of your work!

  4. Thanks a lot! I've got an illustration job to finish, but as soon as that's done I'm back on the comics for a while :)

  5. i love looking at the last page and comparing it to the first.
    well, well done!