A simple challenge to prove oneself, has now become a huge event across the globe. We are talking about the 24-hour Comics Day which takes place every year across the globe over the last decade. This creative exercise was originally conceived back in 1990 by Scott McCloud and Stephen B. Bisette to prove one can pen a complete comic within 24 hours and both of them managed to pull it off.
In 2004, Nat Gertler was the one organizing the 24 Hour Comics Day where in comic creators around the world were invited to spend the day making a 24-hour comic. All the participants were requested to send their completed comic to McCloud, who keeps an archive of all completed 24-hour comics on the official website. The event was supported by comic book stores and it attracted many writers and artists, working both in print and web media.
This year, probably for the first time in India, Studio Kokaachi, a publishing house-cum-storytelling studio, based in Kochi, will celebrate 24-Hour Comics Day that’s happening tomorrow, 3 October, 2015 at 10.00 am.
We got in touch with Pratheek from the studio to know more details about this event, to which he commented, “We’ve invited creators-storytellers we know and have collaborated with and some of them answered our call and we’re coming together at our new studio over the weekend of 3-4 October to take part in the challenge.”
The idea behind this is to make (or try to) a 24-page-comic from story to script to thumbnails/layouts to pencilled artwork to inked (and maybe) coloured final pages within 24 hours. The 24 hours includes everything;eating, sleeping, breaks. Since the rules of the challenge specify that it can only be a single-person undertaking the herculean task, so there could be no team effort. Till now 7-8 creators-storytellers have already approached the studio in Kochi to participate alongside 5-6 creators participating virtually.
Coming up with a complete comic, right from the scratch which includes storyboarding, sketching and coloring, everything in just a matter of 24 hours is in itself a challenge and deems a reward of self pride and satisfaction. Since this would be the first time Studio Kokaachi will be hosting the event, Pratheek nervously exclaimed, “None of us have done this before… There’s no past stories that we can share from our history. But, what we can share is our favourite 24-hour comic: Darkness by Boulet. So it’s a huge challenge that is equally thrilling and terrifying! :)”