(R; SciFi/Action) A lone agent brings important information through enemy territory, fights an army, rescues a damsel in distress and saves the world. Not bad for a day's work.

Story Notes

Possibly Kenmore Square's most creative act since the days of The Rat. You think Michael Cerullo and Mr. Butch could've been the neighborhood's I-Spy?

I was the only one who worked digitally. The only electrical outlet was behind some heavy bookshelves, which were blocked off by more bookshelves. Since the folks at Gentle Giant don't work for free, it took Matt Lehman (Comicopia's owner) and I about 30 minutes to move everything around. Thanks to him, I was able to work!

There was some Geek Speak — strong opinions about science fiction shows and comic books. Nothing surprising here ...

I'm the oldest one here, but is that a newsflash? Who at my age is (a) willing to work 24 straight hours for an intangible gain and (b) would want to be away from social or family life that long? Then again, trying this on my own 3 years ago was a failure. I need to be in this group, and to remember that I'm the odd man out.

I thumbnailed the first and last 4 pages, leaving the middle 16 for improvisation. The planned workflow was to pencil and ink each page as a went along. That structure interrupted me from the "stream of consciousness" I needed to plot the middle section. Therefore, I pencilled the rest of the book after page 5, then backtracked for inking. The final page was inked at 9:45 AM on Sunday. This left little more than 2 hours for my digital comics production.

photo of six-year-old Sam Marshall drawing on my Wacom
Helping Dad during a baño break

Game 6 of the ALCS was at Fenway that night, approximately 8:00 PM. Until that point we were listening to music, but some of us wanted to hear the game. Things got heated enough for our host to take a vote. Surprisingly, the majority wanted to hear music. Without our support, Boston struggled for a slim 12-2 victory.

I honestly thought I was well-prepared, but time's still running out. When I thought it was 5:00 PM, it was really 7:30 PM. My sense of time time was increasingly off as the night became day. Kenmore Square daylight gave me a vampire's jolt of fear.

The Boston Globe: Gathering Draws Group of 24-hour Comics People

"By 2 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, they had been drawing for 14 hours straight. As the city darkened, the small group of local artists were visible in the window of a Kenmore Square comic book shop, hunched over tables. Most days, Comicopia closes at 7 p.m., but on Saturday, after the staff locked the door and left the register, the lights inside stayed on." Click here for the entire article

Dave M!, drilling a USB input into his head

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