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Total. Fucking. Chaos.

Total. Fucking. Chaos.

Clara Crowley by MagiciansHouse

Clara Crowley by MagiciansHouse

 

The Comic Jam smashes together writers and artists who aren't afraid to have their weaknesses exposed, aren't afraid to create under new pressures, and aren't afriad to have the rules switched around. It's a weekly fast-moving high wire act with no net.  Who in the world is crazy enough to try this?  

Casey Allen, the social media voice for the Jam, told me more. ..

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MagiciansHouse: The Comic Jam is one of the weirdest things out there right now. What is it and how did such a nice young man like you get mixed up with such a promiscuous platform?

Casey Allen: The Comic Jam is a collective of writers and artists that pair up each week to make one page comics based on a theme that we all vote on. The writers get a week to script the page and then the artists get a week (with wiggle room) to illustrate the page.  We then post the pages to our site (thecomicjam.com).  It's a great way for us to work on our craft and share techniques as well as (and I hate this word but it's so flippin necessary in Web and indie comics) network with other indie creators. I just kind of lucked into it.  I wanted to write and had a basic knowledge of scripting but didn't have a platform. The Comic Jam had already been around for a few months by the time I came along. I was immediately blown away by the level of talent I was seeing and was really kind of intimidated. When I had my first page illustrated I felt like a rockstar. I knew early on that I had found a creative home and I wanted to do what I could to make it flourish.

 There's all these moving parts, creators coming and going, a revolving door of abilities... Give us a view from the inside of that machine.

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Total. Fucking. Chaos. (Ha!) Yeah, we have a ton of new faces and revolving artists and writers. It can get chaotic, especially when dealing with different time zones as we are all over the place.  My goal when I started becoming more involved with the administration side was to take a hands-on approach to make the group super easy to work with (extending deadlines for artists was a big help, I think), and letting the contributors know that they are always welcome. I want our contributors getting their ideas and stories out there and into bigger and better platforms. We've had folks do their own comics and projects, and then come back to us to collaborate because they enjoy the process (and it doesn't hurt that we have some good folks on our slack boards). We like to keep things fresh and I really want a broad mix of people making comics with us. Except assholes. We have a no asshole policy.

 When I was introduced to the site I would stupidly try clicking the Jam pieces to access more of the story. I'm guessing a lot of people misunderstand what's happening when they first arrive. Is the concept well received?

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It can be frustrating for the contributors as well. It's hard AF to write a concise story in one page. When we first started we were restricted to four panels. THAT was a challenge. That said it was a good learning experience as we are having to self edit and rethink how we want the story to work... and then the artists come along and make us look like we know what we are doing by illustrating a badass page. Occasionally we have someone turn in a script that doesn't work with our one page maximum, but they catch on quickly.

You're taking creators of all styles and skill levels, putting them into a pile and shuffling the deck. Have you found that there's a general "type" of contributor who's crazy enough to try this?

I try to be upfront with all of our contributors and let them know how we operate. I've had a few folks nope out right away, but most folks are good for at least one page. It can take some getting used to because any time that you create something you're putting yourself out there. The ones that stay are usually pretty involved from the start. The weekly challenges are kind of sink or swim, so I guess you have to be stubborn enough to see it through.

 

 

Visit the Comic Jam website to see the experiments in action: https://thecomicjam.com/

Find the Comic Jam on Twitterhttps://mobile.twitter.com/thecomicjam

Reach Casey Allen on Twitter:  https://mobile.twitter.com/robotseatguitar

I always thought that having a banned book would be cool.

I always thought that having a banned book would be cool.

They say that I've ruined their childhood.

They say that I've ruined their childhood.

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