On October 15th, the students of BA (Hons) Illustration programme took part in the International artistic flashmob marathon on creation of comics. Students were among thousands of illustrators from around the globe simultaneously drawing comic books without leaving the room for 24 hours.
Students, accommodated in one of the roomy halls of ZIL cultural centre, set to work under supervision by Christopher Rainbow. The aim of the marathon was to create of a complete 24-page comic book with any plot, however complicated it might be, devised by the illustrators themselves. That resulted in a compilation of comic strips on various subjects: stories about a hitchhiking journey, a stay on a space station, and even an attack of a crab on a courageous scuba diver.
The 24-Hour Comics Day initiative was introduced in 1990 by an American illustrator Scott McCloud as a result of an ordinary bet: McCloud made a bet with his friend that he would draw a complete comic book in 24 hours, not being distracted by any other tasks.
Since then, artists and illustrators from various countries participate in the annual marathon. The rules of the marathon are pretty strict: you are not allowed to do neither rough drawings, nor outline of the story before the official launch. Illustrators are not allowed to leave the room, but they can make breaks for food or sleep. You can use any material for your comics: "carve them in stone, print them with rubber stamps, draw them on your kitchen walls with a magic marker. Whatever makes you happy", says the official website of the 24-Hours Comics Day.