A 24-hour comic is a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 hours. As I have mentioned before, I believe myself to be the World Record Holder in number of 24 Hour Comics completed, sixteen in all. My last 24 Hour Comics session was in May 2013 at Things From Another World in Portland (I’ve been busy, but I hope to draw at least one more later this year), which was recorded for posterity by documentary filmmaker Milan Erceg (who in a prior life served as assistant on my book PERSPECTIVE!), in his long-awaited documentary 24 HOUR COMIC. Three years in the editing, Milan now has a fine film ready to send out to the festival circuit, and you can have a preliminary look by viewing the trailer at the official website here.
David Chelsea is reading:
Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America
The film features an appearance by 24 Hour Comic originator Scott McCloud, who started it all back in 1990:
By the way, you can read my comic from that 2013 session, ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT, on my Patreon page, starting here. It is a slightly self-referential story about drawing a 24 Hour Comic, and it serves as the basis for the second part (that I haven’t drawn yet) of the webcomic currently serializing on Patreon and Tumblr, ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?
The other subjects of the film are worthies all: Opal Pence, Rachel Nabors, Paul Guinan, Tom Lechner, Jacob Mercy, Pete Soloway and my daughter Rebecca Celsi (she’s kind of not that much in the trailer; blink and you’ll miss her).
Paul Guinan’s thoroughly brilliant comic from the session featuring his steampunk automaton Boilerplate is available in minicomic form at his website.
I will keep you up to date on any future screenings or video release of 24 HOUR COMIC as I hear about them. Thanks for reading!