24-Hour Comics Day Singapore
Singapore 24-Hour Comics Day
Saturday, 1 October 2016
The challenge: Create 24 pages of comics in 24 hours!
Singapore chapter of www.24hourcomicsday.com
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Survival Guide

The international 24-Hour Comics Day website has provided some useful resources for participants:

Tips for doing the challenge

Alfonsus at Singapore 24 Hour Comics Day 2010
Alfonsus was well-prepared for his deadly mission in October 2010.

Power nap at Singapore 24 Hour Comics Day 2010
Paul hatches a plan for global domination while Ariel takes a much-needed power nap.

Here are some time-tested suggestions we have figured out over the years.

  • Plot beforehand. Some hardcore challengers like to come in cold with nothing planned. However, based on past experience, we recommend that you start thinking of a good story beforehand. You can even cheat by writing down notes. That way, you can hit the floor running at the event and enjoy the drawing process, instead of wasting time pacing around and stressing yourself out.
  • Come up with simple character designs which are fast to draw.
  • Draw in multiple passes.
    1st pass: Do all 24 pages in pencil only, so that if you run out of time, you at least have all your pages in pencil. If you ink and colour immediately, you may be too slow and not have time to finish all your pages.
    2nd pass: If you still have time after pencilling, you can do inking.
    3rd pass: If you are fast enough, you can colour your pages. Most people only finish the first or second pass. You can always ink and colour after the event at your leisure.
  • Thinking hours: During the first 12 hours, your brain will be the most awake. Do all your thinking and plotting when you are awake. After midnight, your brain will be half asleep, so use this time to do the non-thinking auto-pilot stuff like inking and shading.
  • Pace yourself. Allow time for meal breaks. That means you should aim to pencil at least 3 pages every 2 hours.
  • Cheat. Do lots of splash pages with only one panel. Use a small page size -- there's no rule which says you can't draw on A6 paper or postage stamp size pages.
  • Zombie hour. At around 3 or 4 am every year, we have observed that the zombie pattern will emerge. Everyone will be so tired that you either have to take a one-hour nap, or you stop drawing and start eating noodles, singing songs, chit-chatting and disturbing people. Factor that break into your schedule.