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Oct. 2, 2009 at 9:38pm

24 Hour Comic Book Day

Join C.L.A.W. Artists at Comic Book Ink!

So it is finally here. 24 HOUR COMIC BOOK DAY!

Tomorrow I will be locked in a comic book store for 24 hours and must complete 24 comic book pages.

To further complicate things... I have challenged a veteran illustrator, webcomic creator and esteemed brother of C.L.A.W. that I can complete my 24 pages before he completes HIS 24 pages. I've been extra g-damned cocky about it too (hell, just look at this poster).

So all day (and night) tomorrow you will find me (and co-founding members of the Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians Mark Monlux and Ryan "RXR" Anderson) at Comic Book Ink (1625 East 72nd, Suite 800 Tacoma, WA)!

As an incentive to come visit me there... anyone that brings me food and cheers me on in my quest to beat Mark Monlux's page count will automatically be drawn INTO the comic page I am working on AT THAT VERY MOMENT... LIVE!

I will be posting my progress on my Art Blog (http://jamesstowe.blogspot.com) throughout the day tomorrow so check there often...

I hope to see you at Comic Book Ink tomorrow... Wish me luck.

comments [86]  |  posted under 24 Hour Comic Book Day, C.L.A.W., Comic Book Ink, Tacoma


by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 12:05am
Good luck!

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 9:39am


I'm all set up.

Remembered everything but my WACOM tablet stylus.

Can't draw.

Need coffee.

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 9:46am
Perhaps RR will liveblog the event on Feed Tacoma.

The Urbanist will try to stop by after making a run to Metropolitan Market.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 9:48am
RR signing in. laptop online, drawing area more or less set up.

by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2009 @ 9:55am
Can't wait to see you guys later today. In the meantime, have fun and good luck!

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 10:32am
WACOM Stylus has arrived...


...with Coffee, Cookies and Hugs.

Also Mandi brought me a bag a Funyuns and ha already been drawn into the comic!


by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 10:43am

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 10:51am
just finished PAGE 1: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 11:44am
Page 2 up: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 11:50am
Warren of Tacoma Art Supply just donated $200.00 to our C.L.A.W. Scholarship Fund!


by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 12:21pm
page 2 in the can.

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 12:59pm
PAGE 3: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 1:14pm
page 3... lord xenu on the TV!

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 2:00pm
Page 4: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 2:05pm
2:05 PM


Come visit.

Bring Food.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 2:23pm
page four taped to the wall. pizza has been ordered.

the citizens of tacoma are impressed by my spiderman costume.

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 2:44pm
back to the grind stone.

Pizza Eaten.

Working on Page 5.

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 3:13pm
Posted PAGE 5: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 3:57pm
Thanks for drawing me Stowe.

Tacomans around the city are enthralled watching your comic book unfold.
Enjoy the food.

Let us know when you break down and break open the cover and devour the cupcake from Metro Market.

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 4:14pm
Posted PAGE 6: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 4:32pm
slowing down... just finished page 5. we have many more participants now. MANGA kids!

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/3/2009 @ 4:45pm
DUDE! Draw a panel in manga style making fun of the manga kids... it'll warp their minds to the point where they implode and collapse into a singularity!

by LogJam on 10/3/2009 @ 5:10pm
Fellow talons of the CLAW, I am clawstruck by your talent and stamina. Toon on!

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 5:22pm
Posted PAGE 7: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 5:37pm
Sample for viewers:


BTW, Dave L's food contribution of a hot dog with all of the fixings withe "extra slaw" fits perfectly into the story in a disturbing sort of way.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 5:53pm
just finished page 6, currently being visited by Dave L and family. Comic Book Ink is packed!!!

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 5:54pm
Posted PAGE 8: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 6:34pm
dinner break. Ms. Darcy stopped by with soup and juice. Maximilian loved exploring the Comic book store...he played with Stowe and Dave L children.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 6:40pm
first drawing tutorial injected into comic book plot line. next up: introduction of character STOWEBOT 9000

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 6:55pm
Posted PAGE 9: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by Dave_L on 10/3/2009 @ 7:14pm
That was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone and checking out the store. And watching Max devour those grapes. Thanks for including me in the strip (during a most crucial scene) and letting the kids try your pen-thing, Stowe. Thanks, Mark, for the posters and detailed cartooning demonstration - The kids are off in another room right now drawing comics, which is way-cool! Since the event is going on all night, I want to sneak back there later. I'll be curious to see if the scoreboard still has such a lopsided tally later. A lot of confidence displayed on all sides, but Stowe's lead looked daunting. I wonder if it will last overnight.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 7:15pm
next year: no annoying people allowed. my neighbor magna chick is driving me fucking insane

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 7:25pm
really. really. a fucking running narration of every fucking stupid thing you're doing. worse than the SNL copy machine guy. and the high pitch german accent singing!? REALLY???

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 8:07pm
Posted PAGE 10: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 8:32pm
begining page 8. need to pick up the pace!

by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2009 @ 8:41pm
At the comic fest. The guys are cruising right along and I brought beer and cupcakes so made it into Stowe's page 10 above. w00t! Here's a shot of the gang in action:

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 8:58pm
Posted PAGE11: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2009 @ 9:33pm
And now we have, drumroll please, live video of Stowe's workspace and his mug! Welcome to the future ladies and gentlemen.

Stop by the store and make your donation to CLAW to and get a couple free prints! They're already up to $350 for their scholarship fund!

by Libby on 10/3/2009 @ 9:41pm
Yay! Looks like a blast over there! Maybe I should hook up a live cam of me and some sleeping dogs in the 'Couve...

Sto! Your famous story... complete with illustrations, may top your dramatic Meaties reenactment! Love it!

Have fun y'all!

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 9:45pm
finished page 8. Gini and Kevin stopped in.

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 10:07pm
Posted PAGE 12: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 10:07pm
12 Pages in 12 Hours!

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 10:07pm
My sister visiting from Bellingham and I have just explained the first 10 pages of Stowe's comic strip.

Although cringing, we are anticipating the "development" to the story.

by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2009 @ 10:36pm
So much fun to watch you draw! You should do this kind of streaming more often!

by morgan on 10/3/2009 @ 10:37pm
You guys are hardcore! Keep it up! I like watching Stowe's story unfold. Kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion- I can't look away!

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 10:46pm
Oh no. I see a preview to page 13 and it does not look good folks.

I thought Stowe was going to wait till page 24 for the crescendo, but apparently not.

Shield the children's eyes now.

by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2009 @ 10:53pm
Can't wait for pg 13! Looks like it's almost done! Go Stowe go! What page are the other CLAW members on?

by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 10:55pm
Posted PAGE 13: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 10:56pm
Nasty! And yet the story goes on.

Wait. This is supposed to be Stowe v. Monlux. Does anyone there know how far along Monlux is?

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 10:59pm
monlux is on page 6. It is a classic tale of tortoise vs hare.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 11:00pm
i am just starting page 10!

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 11:12pm
Comic BOOK ink is packed with people. Adam the alien is filming interviews. EVERYTHING IN THE STORE IS 50% OFF.


by jamesstoweart on 10/3/2009 @ 11:24pm
Posted PAGE 14: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by Mandiferous on 10/3/2009 @ 11:31pm
Should be in bed but can't...stop...watching...

Hang in there, Stowe!

by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2009 @ 11:32pm
@Mandi: I know! It's really addicting to watch him draw and talk.

by Erik on 10/3/2009 @ 11:39pm
I know! It's really addicting to watch him draw and talk.

Stowe could be a guest on RR Anderson's new upcoming Web TV series "Learn to Draw."

Great job on the technology hookup Kevin. You did it again!

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2009 @ 11:39pm
Joe Izenman and Lady Friend have arrived.

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 12:06am
starting page 11

by KevinFreitas on 10/4/2009 @ 12:10am
Go Ryan go! Loved the pages of yours I was seeing! Huge fan of the Kalakala and Stowebot 9000!

Here also is a direct link to watch the video in it's own window: www.ustream.tv/channel-popup/feedtacoma-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 12:22am
just posted PAGE 15: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by KevinFreitas on 10/4/2009 @ 12:37am
I'm done for the night. Carry on CLAW badasses! See ya in the [not so bloody early] AM!

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 1:02am
posted PAGE 16: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 1:46am
starting to feel funky fresh

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 2:02am
posted PAGE 17: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 2:43am
posted (yawn) PAGE 18: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 3:01am
going to fucking kill myself. next year. HEADPHONES

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 3:02am
maybe it's time to pop some advil. MANGA kids....

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 3:31am
posted PAGE 19: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 3:41am
Man, it is a ghost town in here... you'd think it was 3:40AM or something...

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 4:32am
Posted page 20! jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-...

Still Livestreaming.

You still AWAKE Tacoma?

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 5:22am
Posted PAGE 21: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-... Good Morning East Coasters.

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 5:45am
Posted PAGE 22: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-... Only 2 more to go and 4.25 Hours to complete them

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 6:31am
posted PAGE 23: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-... ONE F-ING PAGE LEFT!!!

by fredo on 10/4/2009 @ 6:35am
Hope there's a big payoff on page 24.

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 6:40am
brain stalled at page 18. fallen asleep 3 times while drawing... sleep penciling! drawings getting messed up.

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 7:13am
POSTED THE 24th PAGE: jamesstowe.blogspot.com/2009/10/24-hour-... I AM DONE!

by jamesstoweart on 10/4/2009 @ 7:13am
Thanks everyone for the donations...

and all the food...

and most of all the support!

I had a great time doing this... I glad you were along for the ride.

by Erik on 10/4/2009 @ 11:49am
Great comic strip Stowe. Nasty though. Very cool to watch. I just through all 24 pages.

What about RR and Monlux?

Who won the contest?

Did everyone finish 24 pages?

Did RR make up with Manga kids?

by marumaruyopparai on 10/4/2009 @ 1:25pm
I decided to just jump in on Stowe's story on like page three yesterday. Then, today, I skipped all the way up to page 23. Accidental poop stories are always good for a laugh, as well as tales of inebriation. A combination of the two is guaranteed to be epic, can't wait to read the whole thing.

by fredo on 10/4/2009 @ 5:50pm
Interesting story Stowe, sort of like homer's odyssey. I especially liked the final panel on page 20-great silhouette shot.

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 5:54pm
Stowe won the contest. Everybody was hating him. Funny story though, it felt good taking the lord's name in vain after reading it.

including the people who brought him food was a stroke of genius.

My comic turned out strange. I'll post my 24 pages when the opportunity presents itself.

I would like to thank everyone who showed up to support Comic Book Ink. They were doing crazy business late into the night.

by Erik on 10/4/2009 @ 6:35pm
Nice work guys.

That was hilarious seeing Stowe wrack up so much food so fast.

Stowe could have just stayed at Comic Book Inc for weeks drawing living on the good will of readers of Feed Tacoma to sustain him.

Looking forward to seeing RR and Marks comic soon.

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2009 @ 7:07pm

RR Anderson, Team CLAW


after 24 hrs

by The Jinxmedic on 10/5/2009 @ 10:07am

Wish I could have been there for the whole thing, rather than just assist on a Moon Cake delivery. But then, you would have ended up with 24 pages of crows....

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/5/2009 @ 2:40pm
four and twenty crows drawn in a book?

...the lesser known nursery rhymes of CLAW...

by marumaruyopparai on 10/7/2009 @ 5:17pm