Notes: 24 hour comics

[Links for UWE 2nd year Drawing & Print students, following my visit on 2nd Oct.]

If you want to read the 12 hour comic I talked about, it’s in another post on this site.

Scott McCloud’s original 24 hour comic can be read in its entirety at

Information about last weekend’s International 24 Hour Comics Day.

Les 24 heures de la bande dessinée – the Angoulême BD Festival 24 hour comic event.

Dan Berry has provided a great deal of useful information about the LICAF 2014 24 hour comics marathon: Aims, preparation and a report of the event.

VIDEO: Alfred Hitchcock explains the Kuleshov Effect.

If you want to complete one page per hour you might consider using a timer to stay on track. Frequent short breaks can be helpful, especially late at night. The Pomodoro Technique is a simple method for scheduling breaks.

Other time-restricted comics exercises:
Hourly Comics. Some examples:
John Campbell’s Hourly Comics (done every January day, 2006-2010).
Kristina Baczynski’s 2015 hourly comic.
A selection of Hourly Comics Day 2014.

A 24 Minute Comics manifesto.

IDENTITY: Coincidentally, the theme of the new anthology from One Beat Zines.

Finally, a short list of completed 24 hour comics:
Huma Am by Ricky Lima
Alloy by Studio Octan
Legacies by CuteJuice
Holle a Finnish 24 hour comic
Untitled by Jorge Santiago Jr
Untitled by Tony Smerek.


Star Wars: British Empire

In December I set myself a daily draw project inspired by the number of British actors cast as members of the Star Wars Empire. I don’t think I ever posted a link to all 24 drawings, they are collected on a tumblr here.

John Boyega in stormtrooper armour

John Boyega in stormtrooper armour

12-hour comic half marathon

Inspired by the star-studded 24-hour comics marathon which Dan Berry is running for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, I wanted to try making a 24-hour comic myself. However, domestic and professional time pressures meant that was impossible this month, so I decided to do a 12-hour ‘half marathon’ instead.

I started at 7PM on 11th Feb (with only a vague idea of what I was going to do) and finished at 7 this morning.

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140 CHARACTERS notes: 2009

140 CHARACTERS is a small sketchbook of some of the drawings I‘ve posted on Twitter. In the previous post I talked about the images from 2008 which make up the first chapter of the book. Here are the drawings from 2009.

Brush & marker pen on paper
Sketchbook drawing of Pete Postlethwaite, done for my own enjoyment.

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140 CHARACTERS notes: 2008

is a small sketchbook of some of the drawings I ‘ve posted on Twitter. This is the first of a series of posts showing what’s in the book and giving some extra information about each drawing.
When I joined Twitter in 2008 I was doing a lot of comic workshops in schools around Bristol, following the publication earlier in the year of The Bristol Story, a 200-page comic book history of the city written by Eugene Byrne and drawn and lettered by me. It was also the year of a couple of Italian-set comics, Caravaggio and Romeo & Juliet.

The Sphinx
Pencil on paper, digitally coloured.
This drawing started life in 2006 as one of a set of illustrations for a book of short stories about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. My favourite in the series, I came back to it and altered it to make a limited edition giclée print.

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Postcards from an island

I’ve just found some postcards I sent to my children when I was working away from home a couple of years ago.


I was storyboarding some episodes of The Adventures of Abney & Teal for Ragdoll Productions in Stratford-upon-Avon, and it was the first time I’d been away from my family since my younger son was born. When I got back to my B&B room I would sometimes write (or rather draw, as they were then aged 1 and 3) to my kids. It was for my own enjoyment as much as theirs. Continue reading

BD & Comics Passion 2013

Last week, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni put on their third grand celebration of comics from France and beyond: the BD & Comics Passion Festival. I was only present for two of the four days, so I’m not in a position to review the event (there is already Andy Oliver’s excellent review on Broken Frontier). Instead I just want to thank curator Hélène Fiamma and all the staff at IFRU who worked so hard to make the festival what it was; a joyous, inspiring success.

Penelope Bagieu's banner for BD and Comics Passion

I was unable to attend last year, but my mind was made up this time by among other things, the clear, attractive website (not all comic festivals achieve this!) and a glittering guest list which included François Boucq, Etienne Davodeau, Posy Simmonds & Hunt Emerson. I could afford to stay in London for one day and booked the Saturday, which had most events that appealed to me. Then came the big announcement, Comica would be bringing Jaime Hernandez to the festival! Realising that one of the greatest cartoonists of my lifetime would be interviewed by someone as smart and erudite as Woodrow Phoenix, I immediately filed this under ‘Once In A Lifetime’ and made arrangements to attend on Thursday as well. My fragmented and last-minute bookings were dealt with brilliantly by the Institut’s Morgane Mervin, who was just as friendly and helpful during the busy festival days.

I arrived in South Kensington a couple of hours early for Thursday evening’s sold-out event, just in time to be engulfed by a river of French schoolchildren pouring out of the Lycée français Charles de Gaulle. The festival was overflowing with kid-friendly events including workshops and competitions, and some of the amazing artwork the children created over the long weekend can be seen on the BD&CP Facebook page. I had some work to do, so made straight for the Institut’s ground-floor Bistrot. (To be honest, I could have spent the whole weekend in that one room; croissants, pain au chocolat, croque monsieur were all delicious.)

Jaime Hernandez and Woodrow Phoenix

The Hernandez talk attracted a lot of talented artists and writers; Joe Decie, Elliot Elam, Mo Ali, Leah Moore, Craig Conlan to name just a few. We all filed in to the Ciné Lumière, palpably excited to be in the company of one of the greats. Woodrow Phoenix was the perfect choice of interviewer. His questions, informed by a vast appreciation of Hernandez’ work, brought out a fascinating conversation which didn’t require the audience to have read every issue of Love & Rockets. Hernandez was honest, modest and wise and treated the full house to a live drawing at the end. I spent a lot of the following day thinking about what he’d said, a fascinating and inspirational evening.

I returned on Saturday having bought a ‘Pass Fan’ for the whole day. I attended four events but there was a lot more going on, including signings, film screenings and more workshops. I was pleased to see the friendly faces of Cinebook behind one of the tables in the lobby, as well as Soaring Penguin Press, Gosh! comics and The French Bookshop. It was a very well-attended day and business seemed to be good for the booksellers. In the Salon, I saw Marc-Antoine Mathieu present his extraordinary book/digital comic 3″ (trois secondes) which had me literally open-mouthed at its originality and technical ambition.

Brushpen sketch of Marc-Antoine Mathieu

After lunch, another once-in-a-lifetime event: Posy Simmonds and Etienne Davodeau creating a comic before our eyes. This was followed by Hunt Emerson and François Boucq collaborating on their own ‘Drawing Duo’ live event.


The final event on Saturday was Drink & Draw, the first event of its kind, where wine expert Tim Atkin guided the audience through five glasses of French wine, each glass accompanied by a live drawing from Davodeau, Boucq, Emerson, Regis loisel and Penelope Bagieu. It was an intoxicating combination!

Etienne Davodeau's wine drawing for Drink & Draw

I was sorry to be leaving London when another whole day remained of BC & Comics Passion. Next year I intend to be there for the whole festival, from start to finish.

Thank you, Institut Francais, for an absolutely brilliant time. A friend on Twitter compared the gleeful nature of my #BDComicsPassion tweets to “a dog with its head out the car window on the motorway ” and that isn’t far from the truth. I really did enjoy every minute of it.