Since 2019, the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB) has been organising the comic marathon “24-Hour Comic at Wannsee”. From 18 February, the resulting works will be presented in the presence of the artists at Galerie neurotitan and provide an unusual insight into the world of comics: comic pages will be exhibited that were created during the marathon and have not been changed since. More than 40 artists will each show a selection of four original pages that belong to a 24-page comic. Via a QR code, visitors are invited to read the complete comic online on the LCB website. In addition to the exhibited originals, there will be a reading corner with copies of the reworked comics in the form of booklets, zines and books, as well as videos and images of the four editions of the event, which the LCB has been organising at Wannsee for four years.
Fig. above: 4 Jahre 24-Stunden-Comics am Wannsee Ohne Details RICHTIG © Bruno Giannori
Rarely is the artistic creative process experienced so closely, rarely is the comic represented in such a multi-layered way: From 18 February 2023, the neurotitan gallery in Haus Schwarzenberg will offer an extraordinary insight into the world of comics. Comic pages will be exhibited that were created during a 24-hour comic marathon and have not been changed since. More than 40 artists will each show a selection of four original pages that belong to a 24-page comic. Via a QR code, visitors are invited to read the complete comic online on the LCB website (lcb.de/skizzenblog). In addition to the originals on display, there will also be a cosy reading corner with display copies of the reworked comics in the form of booklets, zines and books. In addition, there will be videos and photo recordings of the four editions of this unique event, which the LCB has been organising for four years now, always at the beginning of autumn at Wannsee.
24-hour comic events have existed for a long time, not only in Berlin. But they are usually organised by the artists themselves, usually on a small scale. In 2019, the LCB made its villa available to the comics scene. Already at the first edition of the “24-hour comic at Wannsee”, more than 35 artists were represented, who took up the challenge of developing an individual 24-page comic within 24 hours. Without preparation, because the theme at the time, “Mate”, was only announced at the beginning of the marathon; and without post-processing, because the comics remained at the LCB for scanning even after the event ended.
24-hour comic events promote creativity and perseverance, they are “a mixture of jazz and endurance sport!”, says Peter Auge Lorenz of the Comic Library Renate. Together with Annette Köhn (Jaja Verlag), Alex Chauvel (Éditions Polystyrène) and journalist and then LCB staff member Augusto Paim, he was a member of the organising committee.
The first edition was a great success, the comics were exhibited on the LCB website at lcb.de/skizzenblog, and a selection was published as a book by Jaja Verlag. The second edition was supposed to take place in October 2020, but had to be cancelled shortly before because of the pandemic and another lockdown. This did not demotivate some, however: Noémie Fantôme and Zora Sauerteig got a small group together and organised the event in their WG in Wedding in a small group. The inspiration theme this time was “LIMIT”, with the adjectives “unforgettable” and “flawed” as secondary themes.
In 2022, on the other hand, the “24-hour Comic at Wannsee” could finally take place only at the LCB again. Almost 40 participants devoted themselves to the theme of “my kindergarten”, including a group from Lisbon who participated from afar.
Artists with exhibited originals:
Franz Suess, Jennifer Wünnecke, Victoria Krisai, Nina Pagalies, Noémie Fantôme, Jost Althoff, Friedrich Stockmeier, Alexandra Rügler, Stefanie Fiebrig, Moni Hoffmann, Lea Weigert, Sissi Koller, Robert Günther, Shiwen Sven Wang, Conny Röser, Paul Winck, CHRIMAROART, Marina Anken, Annette Köhn, Federico Cacciapaglia, Leonard Ermel, Jenny Dam, Eli Moshpit, Esther Grüne, Clairikine, Lisa Sinram, Julia Kleinbeck, alea rodriguez, Zora Sauerteig, Maki Shimizu, Lara Swiontek, Smirk, Leonie Ott, Yuka Masuko, Peter Auge Lorenz, Montie K., Bruno Giannori, Marvin Backes, Alex Chauvel, Marianne Delaforge, Nicola Lonzi, Alex Baladi.
Other artists with works in the exhibition:
Bernadette Schweihoff, Cornelia Eichner, Annamaria Balov, Emmanuelle Hermet, Jennifer Hicks, Kai Pfeiffer, Lolo Shilling, Marcello Quintanilha, Michael Beyer (Mic), Philipp Deines, Sophia Stephani, Vacon Sartirani, Sushi, Valentin Krayl, Vincent Zurwesten, Franz Himmighofen, Rebecca, Ingo Ksieben, Emmanuel Murzeau, Phine Wolff, HOM, jacoon, Mawil, Utku Yavasca, Anne Reibold, João Rui Gonçalves, Jolanda Obleser, Helena Casquilho, Marius Schmidt, Łukasz Majcher, Animo Chen, Tine Steen, Valerio Giovannini, Lucie Langston.
Galerie Neurotitan at the Schwarzenberg House
2nd courtyard, 1st floor
Rosenthaler Str. 39
Saturday, 18. February (from 6:00 pm) to Saturday, 11. March 2023
Mon-Sat, noon – 8:00 pm