Comic book fans all over the world celebrated 24 Hour Comics Day the past weekend! 24 Hour Comics Day was celebrated in Santiago in the form of Draw or Die (DIBUJA O MUERE!!) in the Juan Verdaguer Cultural Centre.
The idea of creating a comic book in 24 hours was conceived in 1990 by American cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud, who dared his friend to draw a complete 24 page comic in a single day as a way to encourage his friend to work faster and produce more in a short amount of time. Both him and his friend completed their comics in time and started a challenge that thousands of cartoonists have taken since then. You can read the first ever 24 hour comic, A day’s work by Scott McCloud here: http://scottmccloud.com/4-inventions/24hr/first/01.html
The rules for the infamous 24 hour comic challenge are as follows: everything (story, art, lettering, colour, proofreading) must be completed within 24 hours and no direct preparation (sketches, designs, plot summaries) can take place beforehand. The 24 hours are continuous and start once your pen hits the paper. You can rest, have a lunch break or take a nap, but the clock keeps ticking. Your pages can be any size and you are allowed to use any material to draw with.
The challenge of creating a comic book with 24 pages is immense, if you take into consideration that mainstream comic books deliver 24 pages a month. The comic book artists are not only physically challenged, but also on a creative level. The organizers of Dibuja o muere aimed to include amateur and professional artists alike in their ‘army’ of Chilean comic book artists and tried to make the challenge as fun and comfortable as possible for the artists by providing food, sleeping quarters and entertainment on the side.
There were 23 cartoonists that took up this difficult challenge; the more established cartoonists had stands where they sold merchandise like comic books and stickers. Each cartoonist drew a random topic written down on a slip of paper and then had to create a comic book around that topic. The photographs show the atmosphere in the ‘drawing room’ on Saturday afternoon – all the cartoonists were in high spirits and concentrating hard on their work; it was very inspiring to see so much talent and creativity together under one roof.
We met a South African (at church, no less) for the first time since we’ve been in Chile! Robin is from Johannesburg/ Durban/ Cape Town/ Columbia and accompanied us on our search for an event in a barn we heard about…
The event was organized by Dugnad (an awesome fine dining initiative – https://www.facebook.com/productodugnad) and De Raiz (https://www.facebook.com/pages/De-Raiz-Taller-de-Gastronom%C3%ADa/519603468082004) and we were blown away by the great lunch in an amazing venue!
They were not joking about roasting three pigs – the meat on the braai looked so appetizing! Together with pork meat we enjoyed roasted pumpkin and an apple salad with fantastic sauces.
We ate standing between authentic machinery and even used a stand with a table saw on one side as our makeshift dining table – not the safest idea in the world!
There was a DJ providing music, kids skateboarding around people eating, and even a furry little dog running around, enjoying the fantastic afternoon!