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16
Mar
11

The Young Earth Chronicles–part 5(of 12), also: Kevin Cannon’s fail “Oceanis”

   So here we go with Chapter Two.  Again–I had no idea where I was going here.  I just had to write myself out of bomb going off in a Creationist past.  So what better place to go but a future ruled by clones?  Whats even funnier about my decision to advance my tale into the future is that I wasn’t alone in using this plot device…

     KEVIN CANNON also tried his hand at the 144 Page Graphic Novel Challenge and came up with OCEANISa tale about a doomed spacecraft headed towards sister planets where the crew is separated, half inhabiting each world.  Kevin only got 24 pages in before throwing in the towel, but they are 24 classic Cannon pages of beauty.  To be fair, Kevin was also undertaking–and SUCCEEDING AT!–the 288 Graphic Novel Challenge  and bringing to life FAR ARDEN.  Frankly I’m glad he focused on that.  But I do remember Kevin telling me that had OCEANIS continued part 3 would have picked up YEARS LATER… Let your imagination go wild.

14
Mar
11

The Young Earth Chronicles–part 4(of 12), also: Steven Stwalley’s Fail “Ezekiel Fishman vs The Martians”

   So had I completed the 144 Page Graphic Novel Challenge, this would have marked the end of the first 12th of it.  This also marks a very important turning point in my comics-makin’ career.  As any of you who have read my 24 Hour Comics know when I write myself into a corner I get out it/end the story by having a bomb go off.  Its lazy I know, but THE END! What more do you need, right?  Well this is the first time I ever wrote myself into a corner WITH a bomb going off knowing full well I had 132 pages to go.  And where was the story headed?  I had no idea, but I had a month to worry about it.

    ALSO:  Hobos!  Aliens!  Cops!  144 PGNC creator STEVEN STWALLEY seemed to be offering it all with his failed attempt EZEKIEL FISHMAN vs THE MARTIANS!  Sure his story was never completed by he did leave 36 great pages in his wake.  Steve spoke for a while afterwards of finishing it one day, and who knows–maybe he will? 

11
Mar
11

The Young Earth Chronicles–part 3(of 12)

    See all that fancy greytoning?  I did all that stuff AFTER the initial 12 hour marathon in which I completed the first 12 pages.  Whats more I did it all BY HAND!  Conspiracy Poobah STEVE STWALLEY had given me some slightly cut-up sheets of differently shaded ZIP-A-TONE  a year or so prior to doing this tale.  I was working at Kinkos during this time and I quickly realized I could copy the Zip-A-Tone onto a clear 8.5″x11″ sticker paper we had that no one ever used–thereby indefinitely extending the lifetime of this antiquated technology.  So yes–I not only greytoned this by hand, but I did it with shitty, second-hand knock-off Zip-A-Tone that was a total pain in the ass to use, but after a page of doing it I felt like i was stuck finishing the whole thing in this fashion.  Its just one of the many reasons why I eventually quit-on this story.

09
Mar
11

The Young Earth Chronicles–part 2(of 12)

    Here’s the deal with this story:  I had no idea what I was doing.  I went into the 144 Page Graphic Novel Challenge with one thing and one thing only–a TITLE!  Yep.  “The Young Earth Chronicles” was all I was working off of.  That and a smug sense of anti-Bush/anti-Creationist/anti-Christian Fundamentalist sentimentality.  Thats how you end up with an angel and cave men who rode dinosaurs.  Sorry.

07
Mar
11

“The Young Earth Chronicles”–part 1(of 12)–aka “The most epic fail in the history of the Cartoonist Conspiracy”

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 CANNONERIC 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.




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