Once upon a time ago in 2007, there was this epic fail. So that’s how this happened…
Ok. So here’s what I remember kinda sorta happening: Sometime during or after 2006’s 24 Hour Comic Day Conspiracy Poo-Bah STEVE STWALLEY proposed the notion that since 24 HCD–even at only once a year–was a bear of an effort, and what might be more fun of an experiment would be to meet once a month for 12 hours for one year straight. The over-all idea was then you’d have a full 144 page graphic novel in 365 days! What a great idea (in theory)!
So we gave it a whack. As is our way we decided to meet at the MN Center for Book Arts once a month from 8am-8pm (or as long as you could. You didn’t have to do all 12 pages then and there just so long as you finished your 12 pages by the next month). I remember showing up some Saturday morning of some month in late 2006/early 2007 a little after 8. ZANDER CANNON was already there (which is kinda funny considering how this story ends). All in all those there that first Saturday to give the 144 Page Graphic Novel Challenge a try were Zander, Steve, KEVIN CANNON, ERIC LAPPEGARD**, CURTIS SQUARE-BRIGGS (I think), DAVID STEINLICHT (or was he just there for the open studio? Or was this how the Open Studio started? Ugh. My memory is so fuzzy on this. I think I blocked it out), and myself. There may have been a few others. I don’t know. What I do know though is that WE ALL FAILED!!! **
To be fair we didn’t all fail at once. I know I made it 3 months. As did I think Steve(though he may have gone longer). Maybe Kevin too. I’ll try to get the facts straighter for future posts.
** Ok technically Zander hasn’t failed. He’s still plugging away very slowly on his story ‘HECK’. He’s dedicated to finishing it…some day. He posts bits of it every so often HERE. And ERIC LAPPEGARD tragically passes away that year. So I give him a pass(even though he technically quit after the first month the quitting quitter!). But to be fair he started his SCHMAPPLES webcomic around the same time, so again I forgive the quitting quitter quittertons quitting.