The 24-Minute Comic Manifesto
by Brent Willis
- Fold a piece of A4 paper in half width-wise
- Then into three
- Then in half again
- The unfold it. There should be 12 square shapes. [Fold back up. This now approximates
the final form of the booklet. (this part is optional) ]
- Pencil in the page numbers
- The staple goes on the folded edge (a).
Page one should be at the top right of the open page (b)
- Putting the numbers in will require some tricky unfolding to get them all in. Now
unfold the paper again and use it as a template.
- Take two more pieces of paper, and trace the page outlines and the page numbers from
the template. They should end up looking something like this. It is also a good idea to
pencil in arrows to indicate which way up the pages should go.
- Then get your watch ready and DRAW, DRAW, DRAW like the wind, as fast as you can, one
panel per minute for 24 minuets. There is no time for you to fix your mistakes so keep
going. (As with 24 Hour comics, you should be making it up as you go).
- After 24 minutes stop, and erase the pencilled in page numbers if you wish.
- Photocopy the art with the two sided page option (page one should be followed by page two etc).
- Put a staple in one end and cut the joined pages so they open like a booklet
- and there it is.
Other things to remember..
- Keep text and pictures in the centre of the page frames otherwise you'll lose bits
when you cut the pages.
- There should be an attempt to have a continuous or coherent storyline and not just
a bunch of random doodles
- There should be 24 pages/panels drawn over the 24 minutes. You don't have to spent
exactly one minute on each page, put you do have to stop after 24 minutes.
- This is meant to be an exercise in spontaneity, so don't worry about technique or
spelling or technical details etc. If you make mistakes it is part of the art.
- You should probably state on the cover or the 1st page that it is a 24 minute comic
otherwise people would think your work sucks if they think it is a normal comic, but this
- It may take several attempts to get it right, you can experiment with the way you
fold up and number the pages, as long as there are 24 pages to draw on (or as much as you can in 24 minutes).
- Have fun doing it - don't stress out over it.
- Let me if you make one (optional).