Saturday, October 05, 2013

24 Hour Comic Day

t has come to my attention that apparently a few artists is using my 24h Comic as an “example” or template of doing good in Singapore. I’m flattered and embarassed, but hey thank you:) I’m not doing it this year because I have to take care of some “real life” business but I have a few tips in doing 24 Hour Comic—and I’m sorry it’s late.
1. STOP OVERTHINKING 
Do you guys honestly want to know how “Nanny” got done? Cheng Tju said LETS DO A COMIC ABOUT INDONESIAN MAIDS. And he sent me a VERY SHORT outline—and told me GO! And the dialogue running in my head was AAAAHH AAAHHH I GOTTA GET THIS DOOOOONE. The next year, when I did my solo effort, “Flowers Through a Fog” (can be read here ), I didn’t really overthink it either, I just thought of what I wanted to do and went for it.

2. It’s NEVER Going to Look Perfect
I love both Nanny and Flowers Through a Fog but my main disappointment was THE ART IS NOT AS POLISHED AS I WOULD LIKE IT TO BE. And that’s okay. Just do your best! 
The caveat is this: because Nanny was to be published nationwide in Indonesia, I was afforded extra 3 days to finish my inking. I only finished the penciling in the original timeline. Also, Nanny is inked digitally
As for Flowers, the art was ACTUALLY done in 24h because I did it in pencils and chinese ink. It’s less polished than Nanny but the designs are a lot more complicated. 
You lose some, you gain some. 
3.Stop Looking at Others’ Comic
I experienced it on both ends. I was the jealous,  party and later on someone else was the jealous other party. You know what, forget it. What you’re trying to do and the other party is radically DIFFERENT. You want to achieve X and the person beside you want to achieve Y. So just…do your own thing. 
To that end, I saw some of the Singaporeans bringing other comics as reference, come on guys—your circumstances are different from those guys, so stop using other artists as a measuring stick for your comic/art.
4. Have Fun
The purpose of 24 h comic day isn’t this weird competition of HAY HAY I CAN DO BETTER COMICS THAN YOU. I know this is hard to shake off especially if you were raised in a strict, overcompetitive East Asian family —but TRY. You will find that you’ll have more fun and less stress of OHSHITOHSHITOHSHIT  IF I DONT DO THIS I’M AN AWFUL ARTIST. LOTS of people didn’t get theirs done. NEIL GAIMAN didn’t get HIS done on time. I sure as hell didn’t finish inking Nanny in 24 hours. 
5. Drink Lots of Fluid and Don’t Forget to Eat. 
Caffeine is a shitty way to keep “fresh” and up. You will end up having a caffeine crash. Eat more fruits and veg and drink water to keep your stamina. 
6. When You are Done your 24 H don’t try to go to a wedding reception after. Just try to sleep
My mistake in 2012. Because after, the next 3 weeks I got bronchitis after a particularly nasty cold thanks to fatigue.

3 comments:

burd said...

Got a lot of fun while doing the 24h comic drawing this Saturday and I completely agree with 5 of your points.
In fact, I drank glasses of fresh water, 2 cups of black coffee and 2 cups of instant coffee, which were really keep my eyes open during the last hours of the challenge. Caffeine's not really shitty if you really knew how to brew it (like I know how to -__-'), ahahahahaha...

By the way, have you read DelilahDirk & The Turkish Lieutenant? It's fun!

S. Stephani Soejono said...

Bahahahaha yo wis, go have your coffee :D

S. Stephani Soejono said...

I have read some short Delilah story in Flight but not the full thing