The EIGHTH book in the Bret Blackberg and Fifty State Tour collection is complete! Since 2008, I have been creating 24 Hour Comics, each with the theme of one of the fifty United States. In 2010, I was challenged by Danno Klonowski to complete a book for each state. Since December of 2010, I have been participating in a 24 Hour Comic challenge every other month, in order to complete this epic by approximately 2019. The final product will be 1200 pages of adventureless adventure. I wasn’t able to post until a couple of days following the event, due to prior commitments, so I bring it to you now, chapter eight, “Evidently in Oregon!”
Now, for some dialogue about the process. I finished around 5 AM at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, which was where the annual 24 Hour Comics Challenge was held. I finished later than usual, mostly because I felt kind of nauseous during the first hour of the campaign, and also to spending a bit more time on certain panels and pages. If you aren’t familiar with the 24 Hour Comic Challenge, check out the website of its creator and comics scholar, Scott McCloud.
The day started around 9 AM, with me sitting alone at a table. Ryan Dow appeared he was going to sit next to me, but instead opted for the high tables. Curse you DOW! Britt Hammerberg showed up around 10 or 11ish and sat next to me (yay!) while she worked on a long form story she has been meaning to do for some time. Her art is gorgeous and, if you haven’t heard of her already, well, you suck. Next , the incomparable and hella talented Dan Murphy (of the never mentioned before Minneapolis Dan Trifecta) plopped his arse down next to mine and wowed me with his art as well. So much talent, such a little market! CollaboratorsLupi Miguinti and Danno arrived later to round out the table. Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Zander Cannon sat next to us as well! I may have missed someone here, if so, let me know and I will make note of you. I don’t mean to be a dick, I was just really kinda focused.
For more 24 Hour Comic Day fun, go here and check out the happenings. Of course, some tweeting/Facebooking was going on. You can search on Twitter for the hashtag #24HCD or #24×50 to see what we had to say.
The next chapter will be entitled “Later in California.” The exact details as to when and where I will be completing it are still up in the air. As of this point, I know it will be taking place in December.
My other book, “Swerved,” formerly “Hijinks,” will not be ready for MIX. It has been a process that has taken WAAAY too long, but I am determined to finish it this year. Wish me luck.
As always you can purchase my books at my Big Cartel shop. Which is located here.
ANYWAY, I think you should take the time to catch up on the Blackberg story please purchase the first six stories (and subsequently help me out with my home remodel) here.
OR, you can read them for free at the following links:
Chapter One: Somewhere in Montana
Chapter Two: Meanwhile in Wyoming
Chapter Three: Elsewhere in Utah
Chapter Four: Subsequently in Idaho
Chapter Five: Capriciously in Washington
Chapter Six: Somehow in Alaska
Chapter Seven: Also in Hawaii
Then click on the graphic all the way at the top to read Evidently in Oregon.