Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shota Force - 24-Hour Comic

Hey folks!

On Saturday, October 1, I took part in the annual 24-Hour Comics Day challenge, where an artist has to complete 24 comic pages in 24 hours. Yes, you read that right: 24 full pages in 24 hours. No more, no less. The rules are simple: you can come up with a general idea or concept of what it is you might want to dedicate your comic to and you're not allowed to sketch anything out prior to the start. You can have references prepared, if need be, but that's about that. And last but not least: for you to successfully complete the challenge the 24 comic pages must not only be sketched out, but also inked, if not colored in the time given.

So how'd I do? Pretty well, I think! I was able to sketch out a full 24 pages in less than a day (around 18 hours, I believe) and I was able to ink almost 6 of the pages before my time was over. So, while I didn't fully complete the challenge in time (as I didn't ink each page) I think it was a success nonetheless! But, you may me wondering, why then are all of the pages posted up fully inked? Well, to be honest, I wanted to continue. So, whenever I found the time during the week I made sure to ink a page or so. I wanted to post a complete comic for everyone (along with the sketches I did):














I was interested in drawing a comic with a "Power Rangers" or "Super Sentai" theme, so when the day came to draw the 24-Hour comic, I decided to go with that idea and ran with it. You'll notice the main villainess in my comic is an obvious spoof off of "Rita Repulsa" from the first season of the Power Rangers. I'm probably the only person in the world who thought she had a strangely attractive quality to her at the time.

Before I started, I decided to make things a little easier on myself and do the entire comic digitally; if I came to a point where I needed to change something, with digital, I could do so easily. And overall, things went surprisingly smoothly. If I found myself stuck on a page or felt a little discouraged, I'd take a moment and watch some of my favorite youtube videos that you could say were somewhat related to the subject, like Zublu Cops - Turbo Justice or Astro Fighter Sunred. And things would then move right along again. I guess a little humor perked me up and helped me focus on getting through whatever page I was on.

Like I said, things went well. Surprisingly, really. I thought I'd find myself having trouble or taking a little longer than I did. And I also thought it was simply a challenge I wanted to try and get through. I didn't think it would turn out to be more than that. Something that turned out to be enjoyable and fun along the way. Something that helped give me a better sense of my own abilities as an artist. Looking back on the comic, I hate to say it, but: I'm almost impressed by the amount of work I got done in the span of a day. I never would have thought it was possible.

Before the challenge I always felt as though I could be a little faster as an artist (even if others disagreed). I always wanted to put things out more quickly. And whenever I finished up a piece, I'd always initially look onto it and just see all my mistakes and not much more, regardless of how the work came out. But now I'm not so sure about the slow part. And recently I've found myself not so much looking for mistakes in my work (though I'll do that a bit) but rather what I've come to like about it. And that's a great change. I hope it stays.

The work I did, sketching out 24 pages, was fast in it's own right. And of course, it wasn't perfect. But, well, I'm more than okay with that. Because I really like the comic. Mistakes here and there? Plenty. But for something that was made in the span of a day, on the fly, against the clock? It's awesome. It's fun. It's cartoony and it's ridiculous. And I just can't help but be proud of it.

I'm hoping things go just as well, if not better, the next time around.

Sketches:













Keep Swimming,
Glassfish

13 comments:

  1. lol that was hot ^_^ i bet some of this stuff would happen to you eh? ^_^

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  2. you wish* wups... finger fail lol

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  3. hope you can color it (I hope the one with the diamond emblam is a brunett).
    On a side note, I totally remember thinking there was a certain hotness to Rita back in the day.

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  4. lol. this is some good stuff. I never thought a hentai comic could make me feel so nostalgic. the rangers theme was playing in my head ever since I read Rita's quote on page 2.
    Go Shota Rangers!

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  5. certainly better than some of the stuff DC is putting out.

    Lol, nice going Glass; I'm dying to see if it'll get edited and colored.

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  6. I always had a crush on Rita as a kid, so you're not alone. ;)

    Really fun piece you churned out, here. I've always thought the 24-hour comic day sounded like fun, but unfortunately my process is far too slow to allow me to participate. :( I'm really impressed with what you're able to do, it's almost hard to believe you were working against the clock! It doesn't look rushed, or anything!

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  7. Thanks everyone! I'm glad you like the comic!

    lol that was hot ^_^ i bet *you wish some of this stuff would happen to you eh? ^_^

    I'm not sure if I want to be turned into a goo girl, lol.

    "hope you can color it (I hope the one with the diamond emblam is a brunett)."

    "Lol, nice going Glass; I'm dying to see if it'll get edited and colored."

    I don't know if I'll color it. But if I ever made a sequel it will probably be colored.

    "On a side note, I totally remember thinking there was a certain hotness to Rita back in the day."

    Glad I'm not the only one who thought so too!

    "the rangers theme was playing in my head ever since I read Rita's quote on page 2. "

    I also happened to have the theme in mind when I was drawing the comic. After I was done, I couldn't get the theme song out of my head!

    @Nearphotison
    You should definitely give the 24-hour comics challenge a try! I feel like the goal is not so much to get 24 pages done as it is really to see how much you can accomplish in 24 hours. Who knows, you might even surprise yourself!

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  8. I really like this comic, are you thinking of continueing it, or making it longer for real, because it was really hot but I would of liked to see more sex scenes like with the henchmen or the kids really hot teacher, or have the last 'battle' be longer,

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  9. @Anonymous
    When I was just about done with the comic I realized that I probably wouldn't have enough pages to squeeze in a longer sex scene with the main villain. It's something I definitely wish I could have done more with.

    That said, if I can find the time I'd love to make a sequel or some sort of continuation for this comic involving the main villain. And yes, maybe even the hot teacher too.

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  10. I almost forgot to mention: I love the panicky Superman guy's cameo on page six. ^_^

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  11. Great work!!!
    And thanks for sharing the Sketches too!

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