At 9pm on this semi-cold February evening, I left my warm house after a warm dinner to come and join the assembled collective of artists, writers and getters-of-sugar-and-all-things-sustaining,
all conspiring together in Aras na MacLeinn to produce a many paged behemoth of great importance to the comic book world: The ComicSoc/ArtSoc 24 hour comic. Expecting a wholely collaborative effort, I was greeted by not one, not two or even three, but four separate stories. The workhorses of Giorgio and Matteo Franzoni,
Leigh Ashmore, Donal Fallon and Gerard Coady all stuck together in the warmest room of the building, burning pages and pencils like it were going out of fashion. Hanging in there keeping them all company was an assemblage of girlfriends, committee members and plain ‘ol ComicSoc members, all here to bear witness to one of the most awesome undertakings
ever undertaken by a group of non-undertakers. I look around and on the splayed pages I can witness artworks containing Batman, H.P. Lovecraft, ballet dancers and Dungeons & Dragons, not to mention an elephant or two. The smell of freshly created comic books is fetid in the air. It overpowers the nostrils, in a particularly fantastical way.
So why are a good portion of ComicSoc spending their night in the Aras Na MacLeinn? Why, simply to partake in one of the greatest challenges a comic book fan can be a party to: Create a 24 page comic book in 24 hours or under. For those of you who aren’t sure, here are the rules:
- The comic must be 24 pages long.
- The comic must be completed in 24 continuous hours or less.
- Proof-reading will also need to take place within the 24 hours.
- No sketches, designs or plot summaries or any other form of direct planning can precede the chosen 24-hr comic creation period.
- Indirect planning such as reference materials, assembling tools and refreshments are fine.
- Any page, no matter the size or material, is fine.
- The 24 hours are continuous. You can take a break, but the clock will keep on ticking.
So there you have it. 5 creators. 15 hours remaining. Go go ComicSoc Rangers….(yes I did)
See you back here for the results.
Til next time, do-gooders!
Also, this year’s Lunatic Fringe is on sale! Available now for the princely sum of €3 from the Socs Box or your local friendly neighbourhood ArtSoc member….