Early October, BA (Hons) Illustration students took part in an annual international marathon/flashmob dedicated to creating comic strips. The idea of the event was to produce comic strips alongside thousands of participants from all over the world, given just 24 hours and staying in the same room the whole time.
ZIL Cultural Center kindly offered to host this major student event for the second year in a row. Students supervised by Cristopher Rainbow created full-scale comic strips, using any plot developed by the illustrators themselves. In result, they have come up with a series of comic strips on a variety of topics, for there were no limitations to the flight of imagination of the authors.
The idea of such marathon was introduced in 1990 by an American illustrator Scott McCloud. He made a bet with his friend that he would draw a complete comic strip within one day of 24-hour work. Since then, the annual event features artists and illustrators from many countries.
The participants of the marathon need to closely follow strict rules: they cannot draw sketches or rough drawings of the storyline in advance; during 24 hours, illustrators cannot leave the premises, but they may take breaks to eat or sleep; they can use any materials or surfaces to draw comics.
After 24-HOURS COMICS DАY is officially over, Cristopher Rainbow will host a workshop for all audiences at ZIL Cultural Center, speaking about comic books and the concept of the event. Anyone who wishes will get a chance to draw together with our expert.
BHSAD thanks ZIL Center for providing its facilities and for the opportunity to hold this unique flashmob on its premises.