Sunday, 2 February 2014

Hourly Comic Day by John Campbell

As far as I can tell Hourly Comic Day is John Campbell's idea.

The challenge is that on February first of whatever time zone you are in you make a journal comic for every hour you are awake and the idea behind it is to see how different people spend their day. Judging by the Hourly Comic website it has been running since 2006.

John Campbell takes it a little further for himself. During the month of January he makes a journal comic every day. Here is January 03, 2012 go to his website for more examples.

I have seen these comics in past years and always enjoyed the insight they give into other people's lives.  This year I decided to join in myself. I decided to keep corrections to a minimum, one of my biggest mistakes is that I called my strip "24 Hour Comic" which is something else entirely *sigh*. To be honest there was no time to make major corrections during the day and one of the biggest challenges I found was to fit in time to scan my drawings and put them together in a readable format - no chance of me uploading each hour as some people did.

To see more examples of Hourly Comics you could try the hashtag #hourlycomicday on Twitter. Viv Schwarz, Sarah McIntyre and Things by Dan did some brilliant journalling and there are many more in the Hourly Comics 2014 forum.

Why not try it yourself next year? It is not as hard as you think and I found it very interesting to record my day in this way, if possible I will do it again.

Note: When I went back to see what had been uploaded to John Campbell's Hourly Comic website it appeared to be down. If you want to read more on this subject you could try this article about Hourly Comics 2013 by Zainab Akhtar that includes the factoid that John Campbell's idea is based on something that Scott McCloud came up with. Over on Forbidden Planet International Richard Bruton is putting together a 2014 round up.

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