A group exhibition of Hourly Comics created by the Trees and Hills Comics Group on February 1st 2008.
Hourly Comic Day is an event where cartoonists from all over the world draw a journal comic for each hour they are awake. The project began with cartoonist John Campbell. Every January, Campbell chronicles his life daily in hourly journal comics. The challenge appealed to other cartoonists and now Hourly Comics Day occurs annually on February 1st and is recognized as an international event.
The basic guidelines according to Campbell:
-for every hour that you are awake on february first (that’s february first for whatever time zone you happen to be in), you make a comic describing something about the past hour. maybe you ate some cereal? maybe you used the restroom?
-say you wake up at 7am. make a comic some time before it becomes 8am! then after 8am, make a comic before it becomes 9am! it is pretty simple.
-when you are done, scan the comics in and post them so we can all look at each others.
Colin Tedford and Daniel Barlow, co-founders of The Trees & Hills Comics Group put the word out to their group. The Trees & Hills Comic Group formed in late 2005 with a goal of uniting cartoonists and other comic creators in New Hampshire, Vermont and western Massachusetts. Its active membership includes established industry professionals, DIY mini-comic enthusiasts and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.
Members of the Trees and Hills group took on the challenge of the hourly comic. Below is a collection of some of the local comics created that day.
Anne Thalheimer has been self-publishing the indie comic “booty” since 1995, and will be debuting issue #21 at NYC’s MoCCA this coming June. She is a printmaker, monster milliner, and regular writer for Fleen.com and Xerography Debt, and has had her work appear in venues as varied as CROQ, Hag Rag, Not My Small Diary, I Keee! You, and the Zine Yearbook, among others. She is now working on a longer story, titled “What You Don’t Get…” about living through a fatal shooting committed by one of her classmates in 1992.
Anne’s Hourly Comic:
Colin Tedford is a cartoonist (and more) living in his hometown of Winchester, New Hampshire. His strip Spinning World appears in the Vermont newspaper The Commons each month, and he publishes a few minicomics every year. He is a founder and co-organizer of the regional Trees & Hills Comic Group and Distro. His comics, sketches, illustrations, news of exciting projects and more live at www.colintedford.com.
Colin’s Hourly Comic:
Daniel Barlow is a writer and journalist living in Montpelier, Vt. He is the co-founder of the Trees & Hills Comics Group and the editor of five anthologies of comics. Visit Daniel’s livejournal for more information.
Daniel’s Hourly Comic:
Beginning with a love for Archie comics and Calvin and Hobbes, Lucy Knisley (pronounced “nigh-zlee”) has always thought of cartooning as the only profession she is suited for. A New York City kid raised by a family of foodies, Lucy is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago currently pursuing an MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies. While completing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute, she was comics editor for the award-winning student publication F News Magazine. Lucy currently resides in Vermont where she’s working on comics among the pines. She likes books, sewing, bicycles, food you can eat with a spoon, manatees, nice pens, costumes, baking and Oscar Wilde. She occasionally has been known to wear amazing hats.
Her website: www.stoppayingattention.com
Lucy’s Hourly Comic:
Marianne R. Petit makes animations, comics, dioramas, and more. She is the co-founder of Greylock Arts and teaches at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). More of her work can be seen at www.mariannepetit.com
Marianne’s Hourly Comic:
Ramses Anderson is the coolest Ram in all of NH (and therefore the world). He has legions of adoring fans that follow his every move on moocowfanclub.com. Because his fans demanded it, Ramses is running for president of the United States. Oh, and he wears a cape. For more info: www.moocowfanclub.com/blogs/ramses
Ramses Hourly Comic:
Tim Hulsizer is an unemployed cat owner living in Keene, NH, USA. He draws, reads, and wistfully ponders the fairer sex whilst trying to make the rent and find exotic new snacks to ingest. Check out his comics every day at: http://ignatz.brinkster.net/daily.html
Tim’s Hourly Comic: