Remain indoors: Hourly Comic Day 2021

Well this year’s not going to be very exciting… apologies in advance.

The Coronavirus pandemic kicked off in the UK mid-March 2020. I’ve been working from home since then. We’re currently in our third nationwide lockdown. At least a vaccine’s being rolled out, although it’s currently at the 60-70 year olds and working down the demographics.

February 1st was also a Monday. All this means no gallivanting off to nearby towns or nights out on the tiles in this year’s diary comic.

Without further buildup, click the picture or link below to read this year’s comic!

Carl’s Mitchell’s Hourly Comic Day 2021

Then he scribbled away (Scribble scribble)

This is my ninth entry to the annual Hourly Comic Day. Friday February 1st, diarised into panels over the weekend (about 11 hours total of cranking out drawings). Be OK with going at your own pace – the point is to create and have fun!

I took the day off work, because who needs to see that again… but by making my day more ‘exciting’, various small events wouldn’t fit into 2 panels per hour:

  • Silently judging The Blanket art in the Piece Hall.
  • The ice cold tap and freezing hand dryer.
  • Peering through the Kitty Cafe windows to see a kitten.
  • Someone writing chord letters onto a public piano’s keys.
  • Wondering why Lego Spiderman has a giant robot, and Batman… and Poison Ivy?!
  • Trekking to the toilet in the restaurant, then realising I’d left my bags at my table. Still there when I got back.

Click below to read this year’s diary comic!

CARL MITCHELL’S HOURLY COMIC DAY 2019

The hours go so slowly…

MY HOURLIES

February the first was Hourly Comic Day 2018. Another trip around the sun, another day to make a comic for every hour awake.

I point out every year that mine aren’t done in real-time: That’s just silly, even on a weekend, and this was a workday! While people on Twitter were apologising for posting theirs “late” on February 4th, here was I… this time, my “hourly” comics took 8-10 days. I can offer you a range of excuses, from a couple of freelance project deadlines, overtime at work, and even having a cold. But here we are: It’s good practice, and I can look back at previous years.
As this involves taking notes, then drawing onto paper, inking, scanning, arranging and uploading, maybe I should try going purely digital… I bought a stylus to use on my touchscreen laptop at Xmas.

Click below to read this year’s comic!

CARL MITCHELL’S HOURLY COMIC DAY 2018

FACTOIDS

  • The Springbok is a symbol of the Friendship Associations (and the South African Rubgy team). I’m off on to visit family in South Africa at the end of the month!
  • I’ve nothing against Owain the Weatherman, but he’s no Lisa Gallagher. Well, to his husband, I guess he is.
  • I actually own a top hat and tails. That’s a story for another time.
  • We bought a new smaller and simpler 4G Hub from EE that afternoon. It arrived in less than 24 hours.
  • The main topics at the retirement do were ‘criminal capers’ and ‘vintage cars’.
  • Bruno Mars’ Finesse is the 90s resurgent.
  • Did you know that Outlook bases its webcode off Microsoft Word? It needs so many compatability workarounds, it should really be retired / rebuilt.

Sketch around the clock

MY HOURLIES

In this post i’ll cover this year’s Hourly Comic Day entry, a few tidbits of extra info, a handful of examples from other partakers, and bring up a hithero unmentioned comic batch I did…

Let’s jump right in, and elaborate after: Click the image below, or this link right here, to check out my diary comic for 1st February 2017!

A Stack of Seasonal Sketches

Kate Beaton, Canadian comic artist extraordinaire, regularly doodles diary comics when she goes home to the family for Christmas. They’re all very charming – when it comes to family, you just can’t write this stuff. Click the example below to visit her full gallery, around 40 comics strong!

Beatonna Xmas 2016 comic (sample)
Judging by the frames, I think she draws them digitally.

So last Christmas (2016), laying about with time off and laid up with a wonky hip, I had a go at my own Christmas comics. Same rules as the hourlies – Take notes, draw later.
My final count nearly matched Kate’s: I completed 35 festive comics!

A small sample of six (click to view):

Click here or the image below to go and have a gander!

xmas16-diary-cover-v1
A cover image lovingly prepared in under half an hour.

Doodling Day

This is my sixth Hourly Comic Day comic, and the first one featuring me at my Graphic Design job! I actually started there in 2014, but as the last 2 years have been weekend comics, you didn’t get to see owt.

Click the image below, or this sentence here, to read the full comic!

The Hours

Carl Mitchell's Hourly Comic Day 2015

Another year brings another February 1st. I’ve completed Hourly Comic Day 2015; my fifth. It was quite eventful considering it was a Sunday.

Thought Bubble with a Vengeance

This was my third year visiting the Thought Bubble Leeds comic art festival. Usually I will do a lap to see what’s there, then second time around buy items and get them signed. It took longer to get around this year: Firstly, they’ve gone from two large rooms to three. Secondly, I was taking notes…
This year's haul. All names and artists noted through the link. Picked up a heap of stuff. Click that photo for artist names and details!

There’s the old stereotype of guys who are always ‘working on their novel’. For me, it’s a comic book. Three short comics, actually. There are plans to get them done, self-published, sold. Those plans are currently like clay plonked on a mat; going though a lot of moulding before they’re stuck in the oven. So I talked to the experts attending and selling at Thought Bubble. The guys with book deals and large hardback editions, and the new starters, their baby fresh off the work photocopier. Picking up tips on process, production, contacts. Here’s a few simple pieces of advice gleaned…

Sixty Minutes in 2 Panels

Hourly Comic Day 2014 Title Image

This is my fourth year of Hourly Comic Day: As with previous years, I got sketches and notes done at the time and sat down to draw them the next day (otherwise i’d get funny [funnier] looks in the nightclub with pencil and paper). Stuck with 2 panels an hour.

Hourly Adventures


Houly Comics Day 2013 Banner

They say third time’s the charm – February 1st has been and gone again, bringing my third entry to Hourly Comic Day!

Still in the same employment and living space as last year’s edition, but it was a Friday, with a house party to liven things up.
Rough notes and scribbles were done in the hours themselves, and neater pictures over the weekend: That makes this more of a Diary Comic than an Hourly one. Some get their chronicle of the hour done at the end of each hour itself. Others do comics in bulk on the day, although this can lead to some of their panels being “drew some hourly comics”. The remainder use “my” method.

Click on this link or the above image to view this year’s submission!