Saturday, December 19, 2009
I found this on the old hard drive from a while ago and someone said it was the best 24 Minute Comic I'd ever done. There's a direct correlation between that statement and the fact that I haven't been able to do a 24 Minute Comic since. Ho-hum.
Any good? My blog's here if you fancy it.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Paper Jam were down at the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds on Saturday, selling comics and meeting like-minded folks.
I'd taken paper and pens down in the hope that we'd get some 24-minute comics done during the quiet stretches, but it just goes to prove how hectic and exciting the occaision was that this game of Consequences was the only creative thing we got done all day (save for the creative peddling of our wares).
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We haven't done any 24-minute comics for months now, but I couldn't really complain as I had this one sitting around unscanned and unloved. It's from the "Turtle" and "Hat" session and marks a change for me in that it doesn't have any swearing or horrible things happening in it. I think working on my Space Monkey submission has had an adverse affect on me.
For news on more swear-less comics, check out my blog.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Here's a page of sketches of Paper Jams folkies I've been accumulating during the last few meetings...
Apologies to Gary for making him all "supaa-defoormu" but he kept moving! Gary added me to the bottom of the page despite the terrible slur ;)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Daniel's got a band, a blog and a strip in the new Paper Jam anthology. If it it came to a General Election, I'd vote for him ahead of Brown or the other one.
The words were Turtle and Hat.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Myself and Oscillating Brow attended the Whitley Bay WordPlay festival on Saturday, which was characterised as a battle for hearts and minds. We won of course, but during the quiet periods, we faffed about with pens and paper. As is our way.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I am a great believer that expensive tools do not a great artist make, but I'm always tempted to believe otherwise when I see someone talented using some pen I've never heard of to great effect.
Whether it's the way Andy Waugh deftly strokes his characters in to being with a brush pen, the furious hatching of Jack Fallows, or me - trying every pen in my arsenal until something sticks, it's exciting to see what tools other artists use to achieve their styles.
So my question to you, dear reader; what tools do you use and love?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Another ace 24-minute from Dan Gilmore - young, good looking and talented. Exactly what I hate in people, but he's escaped my wrath for now.
This one continues the "Turtle" and "Hat" combination of words - a juxtaposition which I felt marked a return to the simple, zen 24 minuters of old after several bouts of people putting stupidly long phrases in there which are impossible to draw.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It has been my great pleasure to meet Terry Wiley through the Paper Jam meets - he's a great laugh and always full of good tips and advice. He's also incredibly talented and prolific, which I usually choose to politely ignore, but it's becoming increasingly difficult when he keeps producing 24-minute comics of this calabre. Git.
This one takes the words "Turtle" and "Hat" as inspiration.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Another comics jam, instigated as a change from the usual 24-minute comics. It's consequences, taking - I vaguely remember - "7-Up" and "Moonshine" as inspiration, and throwing in "Giraffe" as a varation.
Terry Wiley started it, but I don't remember who did the next few panels (sorry), but I remember that Faye Stacey was sitting next to me and that I got in there after here and ruined it with some toilet humour. My apologies.
This looks like one of the frowned upon variations where more that two of the randomly generated words are used. No-one's frowning upon Paul Thompson's epic offering, however. You may need to rotate your screen.
When is a Pooh Bear not a Pooh Bear? Perhaps when he's Paddington Bear instead. Faye Stacey has a deviant art for further proof that she's dead good at drawing and such.
Terry Wiley may be known to you through the comic Sleaze Castle, which if you don't know, you should read. Or at least look at the pictures. I think the words here were "Pooh Bear" and "Conga" but you don't care, you just want more comics don't you?
Friday, September 4, 2009
More 24-minute nonsense from me, this time trying to make something hilarious and touching from the themes "chemical toilet" and "the baron". This lost strip - found amongst a bounty of strips at Travelling Man - was done some time ago, but missed being posted on my regular site. Enjoy!
More monkeys, more bottoms.
Mike Thompson is one part of the two-headed beast that first spawned the Paper Jam Comics Collective. He claims to be a comics reader not a comics doer, but almost every meeting produces a 24-minute comic that makes me laugh.
This be one of them.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here's a strip from Paper Jam member and all-round lovely bloke Martin Newman. It was part of the same pool of strips as the last posting, so I'm thinking the words were "smooth" and "monkey's bottom".
Martin is a regular face at the meetings and always does something great during the 24-minute comic sessions, but hasn't posted anything he's done yet. Martin - get to it!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Another beauty of a 24-minute comic from Ben Clark, rescued from behind the counter at Travelling Man. This one was so long ago that I don't remember the themes that were drawn out of the hat. I think they were "smooth" and "monkey's bottom", but I can't be sure.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This lovely item was created by Mike Duckett at one of the meetings, and until I figure out how the ruddy hell to give him posting capabilities, I'll be representing his efforts.
Mike says: "Drawn at the end of the Paper Jams session, ideas for a comic I hope to do in 2010 about Thomas Spence"
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This one's from the last meeting, taking off from the words, you guessed it, "eyebrows" and "clown". We had a few combinations to choose from this time and I had initially started work on a strip themed "doctor" and "parody", but it was shit, so I started this one. A heartwarming story, I'm sure you'll agree.
Technically that makes this a 18 minute comic or something. Do I get extra points for that?
A bit of a break from the 24 minute comics here, this is the result of learning about Sugar Gliders earlier in the week and reading a couple of graphic novels by the wonderful Darwyn Cooke. For those of you keeping score, the comics in question were The Spirit and Parker: The Hunter, which is possibly the most satisfying comics adaptations from a novel I've read. You really should invest.
So understandably, a marsupial themed, Darwyn Cooke inspired superhero appeared in my sketchbook during that comics night.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Dan Gilmore did the cover for the first Paper Jam Comics anthology. He is also obscenely talented. Here's a small manifestation of that talent in a controlled 24 minute burst.
The words? "Doctor" and "Parody".
Occasionally, there's a variation on the rules, instead of picking two random words or phrases, numerous pairs are selected to create the "best" possible stimulus. Sometimes, participants choose to incorporate four rather than two random words. Frequently, people abandon sequentiality , in favour of the single image and caption format, and not that often, folks turn up late and start drawing. This is the eighteen-and-a-half-minute-multiple-word-gag-cartoon variation.
Doctor Parody Clown Eyebrows were the words. Oscillating Brow was the artist.
Monday, August 10, 2009
This second posting from me is the last 24 minute comic I did.
As you can see from comparing them, I haven't improved much! FACT: they both also include the word "douche" - which is not a word I use in general conversation. Spooky.
The words/phrases this time were, as you can probably guess, "I will piss in your dishwasher" and "genie". Why the former was suggested, I don't know. I worry about these people.
To start my postings I thought I'd put up my first attempt at a 24 minute comic which was done at my first Paper Jam meeting early this year. The words that came out of the hat were "Jesus" and "carnage" - so I can be forgiven for most of what's to come.
It's not the best thing I've ever done (and certainly not the worst), but it demonstrated quite clearly how I meant to go on - profane and unnecessarily offensive.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Here's an old one from me, it takes place before, during and after 24 minute comics sesh. One for fans of the fourth dimension there.
The random phrase generator gave us "Sponge" and "ASBO" this time round...
Friday, July 31, 2009
To kick things off here's a very funny 24-minute comic from Paper Jam member and small press star Ben Clark which he left at the shop and I rescued/stole.
To explain the already quite self-explanatory format, the 24 minute comic is a speedier variation on the popular 24-hour comics day, where comic creators do a strip for every hour of a day. In this case we restrict ourselves to one comic completed within 24 minutes. Random words and phrases are written down and popped into a hat, then two are pulled out to form the inspiration for the strips. It's a quick and refreshing way for comics types to test their imagination and drawing power and a way to get a comic strip done without slaving away at a drawing table for days on end.
The phrases pulled out this time were "pie chart" and "starting now!".