Two years ago I participated in the first Spawns of Insomnia, an event where Cartoonists Northwest members each attempted to meet Scott McCloud's 24-hour challenge: write and draw a full 24-page comic in 24 hours. The result was Whippersnappers, a surprisingly good effort that proved to me that I could make a whole comic book.
This year CNW is bringing Spawns back at the Cascadia Con, a science fiction convention at the Seattle Airport Hilton, Sept. 1-5. The participants are raising money through sponsor donations. The donations will be used to buy graphic novels for The Seattle Public Library. I won't be one of them - I'm low enough on sleep as it is, and I have less to prove than I did last time. But I hope you'll join me in wishing them the best and, if you have time, dropping by and egging them on. The results will be fascinating and the process itself is worth watching. Where else will you get to see artists writing and drawing comics in real time?