It’s Hourly Comic Day again! Or, it was on Monday, anyway. Since beginning my position at Pittsburg State University in 2013, February 1st has happened to fall on a weekend. This year, however, was just a little busier. Doing hourlies on a work day was hectic and stressful, but I’m glad I did it. I really value having this quick glimpse into my daily life from each year, and I enjoy making them. This is my seventh year making hourly comics. At some point, I may collect these into a minicomic, but for now you can read all of my hourlies here (or jump to a specific year: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010).
I think Hourly Comic Day might be my favorite holiday. As many of you know, on February 1st every year cartoonists document their day by creating a quick panel or strip for each hour they are awake. I really enjoy making hourly comics and reading everyone else’s as they post them throughout the day. This is my sixth year participating in Hourly Comic Day, during which time I have moved from Chicago to Savannah, GA, attended and graduated from an MFA program, moved to Portland, OR, and accepted my job at Pittsburg State University and moved to Kansas. It’s interesting to see how things have changed in my life over the years, and how many of my day-to-day routines have remained the same. You can read all of my previous hourly comics here (or jump to a specific year: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010).
I can’t believe it’s February already! February 1st is Hourly Comics Day, so this Saturday I spent recording my day in my sketchbook for your entertainment. As much as they are very time consuming, I love hourly comics! I tried drawing myself a little bit different this year and it was a challenge; I’ve been drawing myself the same way since high school and it’s difficult to adjust to a new design (however small the changes!). Anyway, you can read all about my day below, and you can read all of my hourlies from previous years here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.
As many of you know, February 1st was Hourly Comics Day! It kind of snuck up on me this year and I wasn’t sure I was going to do them, but as usual I’m glad I did. I really enjoy making hourly comics. I tend to be more productive when I’m keeping such close track of time, and it’s interesting to go back and read previous years’ hourlies to see how they compare. You can go back and read my old hourlies as well, here: 2012, 2011, and 2010. Oddly, despite moving from Chicago to Savannah to Portland in the last four years, very little appears to have changed about my day-to-day routine.
3pm: I was very excited to flip through a copy of Lucy Knisley‘s foodie book, Relish, at Periscope Studio. It looks beautiful. The book comes out in April and I will definitely be picking up a copy. You can see a few preview pages of it here.
4pm: We’re just about ready to send the Hic & Hoc Publications anthology, Unknown Origins & Unlikely Ends, off to the printer! I am crazy excited, you guys.
12am: BEST SWEATPANTS EVER.
1am: Project Runway won’t be quite the same without all the “Korsisms.”
It’s hourly comics day again already?? I love hourly comics. They keep me more focused throughout the day because I’m always aware of what time it is, and my drawing is better when I do them because they keep my hand warmed up! They’re a lot of work though, otherwise I’d do them more often. This year’s hourlies are pretty boring because I spent half the day sitting in class and the other half just sitting at my desk. Turns out, my life is pretty boring! But I hope you enjoy them anyway. I have also reposted my hourlies from 2011 and from 2010 on this blog, so you can go read those as well if you’d like.
10:30: If you haven’t seen it plastered all over the internet yet, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation recently pulled their funding to Planned Parenthood – funds for a program providing cancer screenings to millions of women with no or insufficient health care (women like me!). Not only does this put Planned Parenthood at risk, but puts a lot of women in need of cancer screenings at risk as well. If this bothers you as much as it bothers me, please take time to sign this petition. (Sorry for political rant!)
5:30: Josh Blair, of Candy or Medicine fame, sent me a few copies of the latest issues (for which I did the cover) and an awesome Candy or Medicine t-shirt. You can buy both of those things at his Etsy shop right here!
10:30: Brian Comb’s Serial Killers Podcast gets pretty gruesome sometimes. This last episode was no exception. It’s pretty awesome if you’re a fan of true crime.
1:30: I will be attending the first ever CAKE, an two-day alternative comics expo in Chicago this June. I’m really excited because I’ve been bitching about how there needs to be something like this in Chicago for YEARS. I mean really, that city is just teaming with cartoonists, not to mention being home to the best damn comic book shop ever anywhere. There will be more info about this event and others that I will be attending in a future post!
So, I did some hourly comics again? Not a lot of love for the hourlies this year… last year it seemed like everyone and their mother was doing them, but this year I didn’t hear anything about it! I had totally forgotten about it until the night before. I actually really enjoy doing hourly comics because it makes me hyper-aware of how much time is passing/I’m wasting. I get into a much more productive swing while I’m doing hourlies, so it’s a good thing to do every now and then. Anyway, these are my hourlies for Hourly Comic Day 2011 (and if you want to look at my hourlies from last year they are right here):
Many of you know that yesterday was Hourly Comic Day! That’s a day that a whole bunch of people draw a comic for every hour that they are awake. This was my first time doing it and I had a lot of fun! My hourlies actually go a few hours into February 2nd but I don’t really consider the day over until I go to sleep. The comics get a little sloppier as it gets later because I may have gotten a bit drunk. Oh well, there is something to be said for drunktooning. I hope you enjoy these: