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Complete 24 comic book pages in 24 consecutive hours. Sound difficult? It is! Academy of Art University students are not only up to the task, but also host this 24-Hour Comics Challenge event! This includes completing story, finished art, lettering, paste-up, coloring, proofreading, everything! There is no prep work allowed. You are only permitted to gather your materials, reference materials, and peripherals such as food, water and music.
illustration-24-in-24-smallTake a break to use the restroom; your time is still ticking. Need a nap? There’s no stopping the clock. The second your pen hits paper, your time starts. In 24 hours, finished or otherwise, the pen is not to touch the paper again.
 Academy of Art has been hosting this world-wide event since 2004. School of Illustration student, Matt Harding, is currently the Academy’s Comics Club president and the industrious promoter of the 24-Hour Challenge event hosted on campus. Official assistance for the club is provided by faculty member Mark Simmons. Matt explains that although the event has typically been promoted to School of Illustration students, students from all majors are welcome. “We have illustrators, writers, photographers, and a number of other majors in the 155 person club,” Matt explains.
All majors are welcome, but very few students actually finish the challenge. Two years ago, the only person to finish was faculty member Mark Simmons. Last year, Mark Harding completed his comic Scrap, along with Guillem Ruiz who finished Taylord and the Imaginary World. This year, Freshman Camille Sloan completed her comic in the timeframe allotted.

illustration-24-in-24-3-smallThe 24-Hour Comic Challenge website explains that if you come upon the 24-hour mark and are not done you can stop it there ( “The Gaiman Variation”) or you can complete the comic once you have exceeded the 24 hour period (“the Eastman Variation”). Both of which are considered to be ‘noble failures’ in that you even attempted the challenge. Simmons would rather students focus on doing their best work. “I prompted the students this year to focus on making a story or short comic that they could be proud of, rather than to focus on the page count and rules of the regular 24-Hour Comics Challenge,” Matt explains. “And the result was that this year, we probably had the best body of work we’ve ever had at one of these events.”


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