t has come to my attention that apparently a few artists is using my24h 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.
I am a storyboard, illustrator/comic artist working with Kumata Studios and CAB (Curhat Anak Bangsa) Publishing Previously I was animating for the anime Tatsumi.
In my spare time I do an indie comic called "Heist in Wajan Street", issue 1 completed, issue 2 coming early to mid 2013.
Full CV details can be asked for at stephani dot soejono dot gmail dot com.