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24-Hour Comics Day Challenge: 24 Pages in 24 Hours

I survived the 24-Hour Comics Day challenge. It's an event held around the world that challenges writers and artists to create a full 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours. This had to be one of the most stress-inducing things I've done.

Luckily, I partnered up with a close friend and talented illustrator, Matt Pichette, to take on the challenge. Together, we were on lockdown in a comic book shop overnight, with others who were taking on the challenge. Much junk food was consumed and many hair-pulling moments were had. We trucked through the hand cramps and the heavy eyelids to finish the comic with minutes to spare. Despite my frustration at the time, I don't regret it. It was a great experience, and Matt and I have something awesome to show for it. Those 24 hours flew by fast, and taught me a good lesson: it doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be done.

Our concept for the comic was to utilize our two different drawing styles to tell two different sides of a story. We're releasing the comic online, so keep an eye out for it.

Learn more about 24-Hour Comics Day here.

Steal the Wheel Challenge: Behind the Scenes

Some behind-the-scenes pictures me and my friends took of my Nimbus Steal-the-Wheel Challenge. A BIG shout-out and hugs to all my friends who showed up and volunteered for the event. It really showed me who my real friends were: someone who willingly attempts (and fails) to ride a unicycle on-camera. That's true friendship.

Despite my volunteers who appeared on-camera, most of the shots shown in the final video were of regular Austinites who wanted to take a stab at the challenge. Gotta love how weird Austin is.

Woah!

A fellow designer in Spain tattooed an ampersand I designed on his forearm. It wasn't something I expected when I first started doodling the ampersand (it was a personal project), so it was an awesome surprise.

Writers’ League of Texas Conference

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I'm happy to share photos from the first client I worked on at The Austin Creative Department, the Writers' League of Texas Agents Conference. The WLT provides writers an opportunity to pitch their books to prospective agents and to meet editors. Their annual Agents Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Austin, assists writers at any stage in their career in learning the latest about the publishing industry so that they can better position themselves to succeed as writers.

See the finished cover design here.

You can learn more about the Writers' League of Texas here.

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