13th Sep 2009

24 Hour Comics Day is coming

We’re just over a month short of this years 24 Hour Comics event, held at the Central Hotel in Dublin on the 17th/18th October.  The main feature, as ever, is the 24 Hour Comic marathon, where participants have 24 hours (starting at 11am on Saturday 17th, finishing the same time on Sunday 18th) to create a 24 page comic – here’s the one I did last year, and a load of others from the last three years. If you want to take part, it’s free – just show up. You’ll need to bring your own paper and drawing utensils.

But this year there’s a difference. It’s bigger. The event is being run in conjunction with Children’s Books Ireland and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, and on the Saturday there’ll also be workshops and other activities for kids, including:

  • 11:30-12:30 – a giant comic jam where young participants (7 and under) can collectively create one huge comic
  • 12:30 – 1:30 – a pop-up book workshop (6 and over) with animator and illustrator Maeve Clancy
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – a make-your-own-mini-comic workshop (for 8-12s) with small press cartoonists Bridgeen Gillespie and Phil Barrett
  • 3:00 – 4:00 – a workshop with manga artist Tsuyoshi Ogawa (pre-teens, under 10s need to be accompanied by an adult)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – the same for teens and up
  • 5:30 – 6:30 – a workshop on creating monsters with children’s illustrator Sarah McIntyre (all ages)

Places are limited, so if you are or have a kid with artistic tendencies who’d like to take part, email Cliodhna and sign up – it’s free!

At 7pm there’ll be a panel discussion, hosted by Craig O’Connor and Liam Geraghty of The Comic Cast, on getting started in comics, focusing on self-publishing in print and on the web. Barring unforeseen circumstances I’ll be on the panel – a treat for my hordes of fans!

So if you can make it to Dublin that weekend, even if you don’t  fancy you have the stamina to create a 24 hours comic, why not put your head round the door and say hello?

All due kudos as ever to the indefatigable Cliodhna Lyons for organising the thing, and drawing the gorgeous graphics.

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