ZIL Cultural Centre hosted the 24-hour marathon dedicated to creating comic strips, with students and graduates of BA (Hons) Illustration programme among its participants. Cristopher Rainbow, lead tutor of BA (Hons) Illustration, was the ideologist and the organizer of the event. He invited students and graduates to create 24 pages of a comic strip in 24 hours, even though usually it takes months.
The idea of such marathon was introduced in 1990 by an American cartoonist Scott McCloud. Soon, the challenge gained support of other illustrators, and the tradition to hold 24-hour Comics Day in October each year has emerged. Anyone can host the event or participate in it. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is the official guardian of the tradition.
The rules for participation in the marathon are the following:
1. The marathon lasts 24 hours straight
2. Each comic strip is created by the author alone
3. The comic strip should be 24 pages long
4. You may not develop the structure and the contents of the comic strip in advance
5. You may eat and sleep during the marathon, but this time will also count.
International challenge at Britanka started at noon on November 10 and ended at noon on November 11. All students successfully completed the task! We thank our partner ZIL Cultural Center for providing space and organizational assistance!