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This story was a result of the Story Premise exchange.  The story premise was provided by John Peters (www.gypsygirlpress.com), but I don't know how closely I ended up following it: "Character gets a fortune cookie, opens it up and it's blank. Character writes in own fortune and it comes true."

Media used included watercolor, gouache, and ink.  This is my second time using watercolor for a 24 your comic, but the first time using gouache, and the first time using these wet media with characters that are more than stick figures ;)

The total time spent on this story, including script was 21 hours, albeit not consecutively, thus, probably better considered a "noble failure", and only the 2nd of which I've suffered in all of the tries you can see in this series.  I kept track of time spent on each page on the bottom of each page.  The first page took longer because I included scripting, penciling and lettering time, and I did watercolor washes on 6 page blocks -- thus the inconsistent page times.  I don't know if they're all accurate, since the majority of this was done during the weekend we moved our clocks back to standard time -- in my sleep-deprived stupor, I might have screwed that up, so it may be 22 hours that I spent on this.  Either way, I'm very proud of the results.

This story wasn't actually written ON 24 Hour Comic Day due to freelance obligations, but will appear in 24 Hour Comic People 5: Paper Fashion which is slated to be released in early December.

Page notes: "Gau" means dog in Cantonese.  Panels 2 and three contain speech bubbles that should have been off-panel bubbles, not a part of the character bubble chain as it appears, so it's folks at the table joking about paying for dinner, not the characters reading the fortune cookies.  I didn't realize I was already so sleep-deprived that I missed that.

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Please note that Billy, Goate & Gruff, Inc. is now available for purchase in print as a part of 24 Hour Comics People, Episode 6: Fairy Tales at https://www.createspace.com/4077863

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Please note that Regret: A Cancer Survivor's Story is now available for purchase in print as a part of 24 Hour Comics People, Episode 3: Rise of the Machines at http://www.squidworks.com/anthologies.html#24hcp3

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Please note that Nene Crossing is now available for purchase in print as a part of 24 Hour Comics People at www.squidworks.com/Anthology/2007_24HCP.  It is also available for free download at Wowio at www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=4411

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Stan Yan is a Denver-based stock broker-turned-comic creator. Sadly, he makes as little money doing this as he did as a stock broker. ... full profile