A collective known as 757 Comic & Cartoon Creators will be looking not for the quickest draw Saturday, but the longest.
The group is challenging local artists to draw 24 pages of comics in as many hours Friday and Saturday at its fifth annual 24-Hour Comic Day. The challenge is long established in comic circles but is new to the city’s museum department, which is housing the free event at the Francis Land House.
It’s one of the more challenging – and animated – events scheduled in the city’s DRAWtoberfest campaign.
Kevin Copeland, organizer of the challenge and the comic-based group behind it, said drawing 24 hours consecutively isn’t impossible. He did it in 2013. The experience teaches artists and writers a lot about themselves and leads to some great ideas along the way.
“At some point you just go a little loopy,” Copeland said, “And sometimes in those loopy moments is when the greatest things come out of your mind.”
Completed comics can be scanned into the group’s database for preservation.
Challengers can come and go as they please and nap and eat anytime during the event.
There will be shorter timed challenges as well, including four pages in four hours, eight pages in eight hours, and 12 pages in 12 hours. Copeland people can show up and make their own challenge, too.
Basic materials, including paper, pencils and pens, will be provided, but organizers encourage participants to bring some of their own.
To register, arrive by 5 p.m. Friday at the Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd. The event ends 5 p.m. Saturday.
Anne Miller, a city museum curator, said she hopes someone draws a historical cartoon that can be displayed. But she’s unsure how someone can stay awake for 24 hours to do so.
“There must be a lot of coffee involved,” she said.