In 2003, I heard about the show “24″, in which each season has 24 episodes, each being the next consecutive hour of a day. It inspired me with an idea… what if there was a 24-hour comic strip? No, not a traditional 24-hour comic (although I greatly respect any who completes one of those). No… a comic where each new strip is the next minute of a day, making 1440 comics in total by the time that day is done.
So, I started the comic. And here it is, with all the strips that I actually finished:
And… that was all I wrote. Want to know how the rest of the comic would have gone?
Well, the main character was indeed going to be Narrator, a strange grey floating character. Question Mark gave Narrator someone to talk to, as well as answering Narrator’s questions about how the world that he lives in works. Narrator learns that his job is to tell the story of a particular man’s life. He likes his job, until he finds out that it is the man’s last day on earth before he dies. Narrator is understandably horrified that the man is going to die, but as the unseen narrator, he can’t do anything directly to stop it. However, he learns that there are other beings (besides Question Mark) that he CAN talk to, and he begins a race against time to save the man before the comic strip ends at 11:59 PM that evening.
Why didn’t I finish the comic? Well, I couldn’t figure out good details of the storyline, for starters. How is the man supposed to die? What does the man do on his last day on earth? I also realized that, even if I did figure out a good story, I wouldn’t really have the time to pull it off.
Still, if someone else out there wants to try making a comic that goes through the consecutive minutes of a day, I’d love to see it. (And, if you would, credit me for helping give you the idea. )