If you haven’t caught wind of it yet, I can recommend checking out Penny Arcade’s Strip Search, a reality show looking for the next great webcomic. The real meat of the show is the elimination episodes, where two nominated artists get pitched against each other to see who gets to continue in the show.
Two randomly chosen concepts are picked, and the artists have 90 minutes to write and produce a comic based on them. There have been to date, 6 eliminations and the results have varied widely.
Some of the community following the show have decided to start playing along with the challenges at home, taking the 2 chosen concepts and making their own comic in the 90 minute timeframe, all using the elimcomic tag.
I haven’t made a comic in years, the illustration work I’ve been doing for the last few years doesn’t seem to lend itself to sequential work, but I really wanted to start giving it a go. I need to work on a style that I can use for work like this, something a bit simpler than my usual work, but still something I can be proud of.
This isn’t bad, but the instant my 90 minute timer went off, I could see things I should have done differently. I’m going to keep on with these as the series continues, see if I can’t get close to something I’m happy with.