Wednesday, October 11, 2006

24 Hour ComICA last weekend

spent most of the weekend at the ICA, talking comics to a combination of comics people (marshalled by Paul Gravett for international 24 Hour Comic Day) and people who wandered up from the gallery below lured by my sign that artists were drawing upstairs ;-)

I missed all of Paul's talks because I was mostly selling comics for the people who had attended to take part in the 24 Hour Comic, but I got to meet Frank Skinner who turns out to be as nice as all the other Baggies fans I know. And has been expanding his knowledge of comics that (like many of the ICA regulars) he'd left behind years ago.

The 24 Hour collective came from the spectrum of indie comics in the UK (ie not The Beano), and I currently have half a dozen of their comics waiting for scanning over the weekend ...

Contributors were:

Steven Appleby "Rejoice, this comic is the ghost of a tree"
Matt Broersma "The Black Book"
Matilda Tristram "Vikram"
Dave Simmonds (New Statesman) "Evolution" ... ?
David Baillie "Doggie"
Douglas Noble "WHat it is and what it was not"
Dan Fish "4 3 2 1"
Christian Jensen "The Harvest Has Failed" - 7 pages A2 size - ie 28 pages A4 ;-)

Umisen-Yamasen manga studio:
Chie Kutsuwada, "When I Fly"
Inko, "The Clock"
Hepi-Ichiko, "My Name is Otomeko"
Ochi-bo "Crouching Wolf & Hidden Red Riding Hood"
Yuki, "The Gift"

John from Gosh! "START" - 24 pages in one hour !

Neal Fox, Leigh Fox, Bill Bragg, Chris Bianchi, James Graham , Steph Von
Reiswitz, Alex Wright, Tobias Tak, Emma Rendel ,Cecelia Lindgren, Carl
Waters, Harry Malt, Luke Frost, James Unsworth, Echao Jiang
(We should post this as a video !)
"The Life and Death of Shit Boy and his muscular friend" - 24 large pages !

And my nephew, Carl helped me film the whole event so we can promote next years (hopefully the ICA will sanction a 24 HOUR overnighter ?)

Pictures here:
Movie to follow.

Who wants to take part next year?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

ComICA - 24 HOUR comic & Just 1 Page

Yes, you heard me !
(Well okay unless you read out loud you didn't)

I am helping out at the 24 Hour comic at the ICA on Friday Night/Saturday all day
and there's a Just 1 Page table to come and talk to people about doing comics
(If any Just 1 Page contributors want to come along and do some talking, email me NOW)

I now bring you the plagiarised email of David Baillie who has taken up the challenge.

Hi everyone

As some of you will already know, this weekend is the official global 24
Hour Comics Day.

I will be taking part in the event being held at the ICA on The Mall:


Official UK 24 Hour Comics Day Kick-off
6 October 2006
This one-day worldwide phenomenon of comics creativity, brainchild of
Amercian comics guru Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, hits
the UK. Be there when the Comica team of cartoonists including Steven
Appleby from The Guardian and Telegraph, David Baillie, Matt Broersma,
Umisen-Yamasen Studio (Chi-Tan, Inko and Hepi Ichiko) and Le Gun crew
start creating their spontaneous 24-page 24-hour comics.

In case you’re not familiar with the concept – the participants each
have 24 hours to write and draw a complete 24-page comic (minus all the
time spent eating, weeing, brushing their teeth etc.). Just to put that
in context my last 24-page comic took me just over a calendar month.

While I’m very much looking forward to the challenge, I think it would
make it much more worthwhile if I could raise some money for a good
cause in the process, so I am seeking sponsorship.

All donations will go to the comics based charity Just One Page, helmed
by the tireless Adrian Brown, which for the last four years has raised
funds for a variety of causes through comics related activities and
publications. This year the worthy recipient is Childline UK.

I’ve included a handy guide for those whose maths skills have failed
them this morning.

10p – 24 pages completed - £2.40
20p – 24 pages completed - £4.80
50p – 24 pages completed - £12.00
£1 – 24 pages completed - £24.00

So if you were to sponsor me 10p a page, your final donation (assuming I
complete the challenge) will be £2.40. Of course you can donate whatever
you want, or can afford to, and any amount at all will be very
gratefully received. All supporters will, of course, receive a copy of
the comic I finally produce after the 24 hours.

Also anyone who feels like coming down to the ICA (it’s just off
Trafalgar Square) to cheer us on is more than welcome. (I think it’s
being filmed, too – so you might get some screen time).

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think may be inclined to

Many thanks
David Baillie