Saturday, March 19, 2005

THE 24 Minute Mini Comic

A World Record Attempt

A comic conceived, written and drawn .. THEN PRINTED ... during the day.
24 artists (or artist and writer teams) attending the "UK Web & Mini Comix Thing" will each spend less than half an hour during the day drawing a page of minicomic. The 24 pages will then be assembled and photocopied and be available for sale by the final hour of the event.

The finished comic will also appear as an insert in Just 1 Page 3 to be published in May 2005 - which will also feature web address & contact details for all 24 Minute Mini Comic contributors.

The approximate itinerary will be as follows
(subject to the UKW&MCT events timetable)

From opening time (10am) until noon, visitors and exhibitors are invited to fill in a form with key plot elements for the story.

Suggest a location (type of building, a room in the house, geographical place etc)
Suggest an object. If you cannot attend before noon, please email me for a "suggestions form".

These suggestions will be placed into three "hats" and drawn out so that each contributor has four random things to work into their page.

There will be a "protagonist" character to appear in every page linking the story in some way. Hopefully, we'll be getting an archetypal character design sent in.

The theme of Just 1 Page 3 is Battles or Team ups, so I reckon our character should go from page to page interacting with the "guest" characters. The contributors will be able to include a character or person of their own choice. (Any comics character, including their own.)

Noon to 12.24 - The Draw and everyone assemble.
First 24 names are drawn from hat 1 to decide who draws which hour/page, there will be 24 pages each with a rhyming couplet prepared by professionals. The rhyme will have a very open description of what our character might be doing at that time of day. It is not meant to tell you what to draw, but to be a bit more interesting than "12 noon - dinner"

NEW RULE: Other than any sound effects, the only words on each page will be the rhyming sentence describing the activities of the hour - rather like in Rupert cartoons.

Then each of the suggestions are drawn - like the game consequences - so that contributors know what two things they need to fit into their page.

Page 14: 6pm-7pm, "A sandwich full of pickled jam, what a lucky chap I am!", "SPATULA", the Moon. Roger Langridge.
Page 15: 7pm-8pm, "I'll read before I go to bed, to refill the dream stuff in my head", "POSTBOX", A tool shed in The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. David Baillie.

The layout, format, content of their page is completely up to each contributor. Perhaps the protagonist should be shown walking in at the top left and out at the bottom right of each page - unless someone can think of a better "framing device" :-)

12.24pm to 12.48pm - THE 24 MINUTE COMIC
To be started by official event starter : then everyone draws their page.

I reckon A4 size would be good enough, but if anyone insists they can do it larger or smaller.

I think this'd be good to do all sat around the central stage area, so that you can discuss events with those doing the hours either side of the one you are drawing. But it could just as easily be done at the contributors tables.
Hopefully we can get someone to film it.

I will collect all the art, run off to a quiet room to paste it up and then go to a local photocopy shop which has agreed to take part

By about three o'clock, the 24 minute mini comic should be on sale.

All put together in less than four and a half hours !

If you want to discuss any of this with the group, please go

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