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Posted: September 4, 2013


Hourly comics! Mine are right here.

A Brief History of Time-Sensitive Comics

Late in December 2005, the artist and storyteller John Campbell created a new project for himself: From January 1 to Febrary 1, every waking hour of every day, he would draw a concise cartoon depicting something that happened in that hour. It's called the Hourly Comic, and it's truly a spectacle. We see the quotidian mundanities, the patterns that arise in the lives of J.C.'s plain little figures, and feel at once a touching intimacy and a twisted voyeurism.

With a warm reception, J.C. continued the project, and invited others to participate as well. But 32 days is burdensome! Thus February 1 was dubbed HOURLY COMIC DAY, a day when scores and scores of people (of varying artistic talents) open up and share their personal lives. It's a terrifying thing to do, but it leads to some beautiful moments. Some of my favorites include a diary from an Estonian lighthouse-keeper, and when significant-others Ryan Pequin and Emily Partridge offered different takes on their day spent together.

I've been trying the Hourly Comic Month-and-a-Day gambit ever since 2008, when I was a naïve but ambitious high school senior. Some years I succeed. Other years, I don't. And I'm nowhere near as productive as this other fellow named Sam, whose hourly comic output volume rivals Andrew Hussie's.




Fumetti Urari??

At some point I discovered that the Corsican language differentiates between velar, palatal, and alveolar plosives (which is so cool and weird, most languages merge palatal with one of the other two, but I digress). As a result, you get some really awesome, really unusual spellings—the word for "January" is ghjennaghju, and "February" is ferraghju. I don't know what drove me to incorporate Corsican month-names into my hourly comic website, but I did. And then I added a brief welcome in Corsican. And then I changed the navigation to Corsican. Sometimes these things just happen.