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The following article appeared in the New Statesman on 23 October 2006 and was written by Sam Alexandroni who attended the 24 Hour Comic event at the ICA.

On 6 October, some of the UK’s sharpest cartoonists gathered at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London for a unique test of creativity and endurance: a 24-hour comic marathon, during which each artist was challenged to create a spontaneous 24-page story.

Among the participants were David Simonds representing the New Statesman, Steven Appleby, the crew from Le Gun magazine, Matilda Tristram from Bad Idea magazine and four or five Japanese manga artists.

While some of the participants opted for tales of rapacious landlords, sci-fi adventure or, in the case of Steven Appleby, a story about a mind-reading evangelical murderer, our David embraced the big picture. “I’m charting the history of evolution from the Big Bang to George Bush,” he said, explaining: “It begins and ends in darkness.”

The event, which was part of a season at the ICA celebrating comic art, took place simultaneously in 58 locations across 17 countries, with participants from as far afield as Indonesia, Serbia and Brazil, who contributed by blog on www.24hourcomics.com.

Six hours in, David was bearing up well: “Just got to keep going,” he told me between brisk pen strokes. “If I get RCI - repetitive comic injury - I shall send the bill to the New Statesman.”

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"Comica normally comes up with some great talks and panels, but this was particularly memorable..."
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"The ICA treats comics the way they should be: as contemporary art."
Sci Fi London

"Featuring some of the most critically-acclaimed international comic book creators..."
Tripwire

"I went in a casual fan, and came out an undisputed Kirbyphile."
Comic Book Resources

"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

"I was about to fall off my chair from overstimulation."
Sarah McIntyre

"...another very successful event providing a wonderful voyage into the world of graphic literature."
Dominique Le Duc

"...the Talking With Gods documentary didn't disappoint."
The Guardian

"PHEW! I just met Matt Groening!"
Jim Medway

"This event showcased some of the great variety of manga art styles and artists working across languages, continents and cultures in the world today."
Karl Pell