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Christopher Hazell has been making comics occasionally since high school, but not much lately. Though he grew up here, he’s wanted to get more involved in the Portland comics scene, so here he is! 24-Hour Comic Day was a nice incentive to “get out of the house and do something to completion.”
How’s it going? “I never want to see any of these characters again in my entire life.” He’s having fun, but it’s tiring. Christopher’s story appears to involve a snail-headed man hiring a Quetzalcoatl-like man to smuggle two bug children whilst being pursued by two (robot?) bounty hunters. The aerial battles are exciting, though complicated, to draw.
He’s drawn thumbnails for the whole story, and is currently trying to finish pencils (4-5 pages left), then he’ll ink as much as he can.
The experience? “Pretty intense … it always takes longer to draw things than I think it will.” But he’s “astounded at how well everyone else is doing.”
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Emily Block is an art minor and Chinese major from Lewis & Clark. Her comic started out as a sketch of a girl with long sleeves, which led to a memory of a long-sleeved Emily holding her arms out at the beach and pretending to fly. So now she’s a flying girl whose father (a sea-fisherman) gets in trouble and must be rescued… or something.
Emily’s only planning 1-2 pages at a time. “I got here and saw everyone start drawing right away, so I thought I better stop planning and start drawing!” She’s been making little comics since high school, but this will be the longest comic story she’s ever done (a common theme with several of the younger artists here tonight).
“I was nervous last night — worried about being able to think of an idea. Usually doing layout is easy, but coming up with stories is hard. But then this one popped into my head.”
“I better say this now before I change my mind… but I’m glad I came!”