Art For Art’s Sake – 24 Hour Comic Special

Published On February 5, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Animation, Comics

Last week was the annual self-inflicted idiocy/torture that is 24-hour comics day. The day when a LOT of comic artists around the world decide, like the insane people they are, that the thing they would most like to do is draw a full 24-page comic in 24-hours.

Obviously this is madness. But it’s bloody good looking madness in many case. So this week, instead of the usual selection of art from around the Internet, I thought I’d post a few choice examples of the 24-hour comics 2012 here….. most of them I’ve grabbed from 10centticker, which is hosting/collating a lot. Bless them for putting them altogether – but if you have one you’d like a mention for – hit the comments.

First up, and simply amazing is Darkness by Boulet. 24 Hours. 24 HOURS. Bloody hell, that’s just incredible, polished, beautiful stuff…

Likewise, equally amazing… Dan Berry with Cat Island. Although, like he says, his hand paid the price. (Worth it though.)

Now for a few familiar names… Philippa Rice:

Lizz Lunney:

Raina Telgemeier (whose Smile is a huge, huge success at the school library – onto our 4th copy now -by far the most borrowed graphic novel we have – yet STILL it hasn’t been officially released by Scholastic in the UK. Madness):

Joe Decie:

Vera Brosgol:

John Allison:


Madeleine Flores:

Timothy Winchester:

Hugh Shug Raine:

And finally, Stuart Immonen, possibly the only sane one amongst them all:

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

4 Responses to Art For Art’s Sake – 24 Hour Comic Special

  1. Ohmanohmanohman.
    I always forget when this is happening. Despite probably being the slowest illustrator in the country I’d give this a go. (and probably get half a panel done. My usual rate)

  2. Shug says:

    Don’t forget: it’s Hourly Comic Day, which is much less of an endurance test than 24 Hour Comic Day!

  3. Cliodhna says:

    Hourly comics day is a very different kettle of fish to 24 hour comics….the “official” 24 hour comics day isn’t till October while in France they have a different 24 hour comic set up – the Angouleme festival has one for the artists in residence just before the festival starts which is what the first few are. That one is different to the standard 24 hour comics day in that they have certain items they have to feature in the comic unlike a typical 24 hour comic which is just draw whatever you want for the 24 hours.