This year, my main aim - aside from cutting off my dependence on Facebook to validate and inform my existence - is to draw and improve my ability to draw, working towards the creation of a comic-story I've been burning to see realized. As in, the story is something I feel like I have to do, and I've waited too long to really dig in and buckle down (and other hyperbole).
And maybe, I'll never see it realized. Or someone will beat me to the punch. Hey, it's happened before. But if it's meant to be, and meant to be from me, I'll do it, but I need to take some steps forward anyhow.
To that end, I'm considering taking on the 24-hour Comic Challenge as a way to jump-start the process. You can read details and inspirational platitudes here. Essentially, it's exactly what it sounds like - Create a 24-page comic in 24-hours straight, but with zero pre-planning regarding plot or story or design. Seems doable - which may be because I'm naive, but perhaps that will work to my advantage.
However, to get it done, I think I need to sequester myself from all distractions. And that takes more planning than the comic itself is supposed to take. I'm considering finding a cheap hotel with a desk, and close to decent food. Some place quiet, but close to home - Do a two-night rental, check in as early as possible to get set up, and start in early morning the first day, working through until checkout the next day, which is usually about 11. So, I could go from 9 to 9, which gives me two hours to clean up and wind down and check out after the challenge, done or not. And then the wife can pick me up, and take me home...
OR - I do it the weekend of Comic Con. Turns out, I didn't get passes for Friday or Saturday this year. Maybe I get a room at the Santee Hotel down the road on Friday night, work through Saturday to Sunday morning, and then finish up the weekend at Comic Con Sunday. Maybe I can get an early check in Friday, and do it Friday to Saturday morning, which would allow me to rest Saturday, then go to the show refreshed on Sunday, with something to show - to those still around. I like that idea more.
I have six months to plan the logistics, but that might help turn Comic Con weekend into something more memorable than it's been in a long while.