Official Press Release
Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics and founder of 24 Hour Comics
Day, has announced the date for the next event: April 23rd, 2005. On
this day, cartoonists around the world will take the 24 hour comics
challenge, each trying to write and draw a 24 page comics story in 24
“The event really needs to be on a Saturday, so that people can spend
their 24 hours and still have time to recover before work or school on
Monday,” explains Gertler. “Because of that, we couldn’t keep the April
24th date we used for this year’s inaugural event. But by having the 24
hours starting on the twenty-third, it actually ends on the 24th.”
Once again, comic book stores, comic clubs, and educational institutions
will be hosting 24 Hour Comics Day events where cartoonists will work
side by side in a spirit of camaraderie. “The early indications are that
most but not all of the locations that hosted events this year will do
it again next time, and there’s a fair number of additional retailers
showing interest. Between that and the on-going enthusiasm from both
amateur and professional cartoonists, it looks like 2005 will be even
bigger than 2004,” says Gertler. Announcement of the initial list of
event locations is still months away.
In other 24-hour-comics-related news:
· Sponsors for 24 Hour Comics Day are being sought. “We’re not
looking for money,” explains Gertler, “but for products that will make
the day more enjoyable for those participating at event sites. Snacks,
meals, soft drinks, energy drinks, art supplies, and photocopying
services are the obvious examples.” Sponsors will not only get exposure
at the event sites, but will also be mentioned in press materials and on
the website. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org
· The book 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004, collecting 24
interesting stories from this year’s celebration, is now in stores. The
print run on the book is about 1700 copies and is not likely to see a
second printing, so folks who are fans of the work of Josh Howard,
Christian Gossett, Eric Wolfe Hanson, Ken Lashley, Joel Priddy, and the
other pro and amateur cartoonists represented within should ask their
comics retailer for one now.
· Due to a production error, 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004
reproduces one page of Michael Connor’s story twice, leaving one page
out. Go to http://www.24hourcomics.com/24HCD2004missingpage.html to read
the missing page. About Comics apologizes to the readers and to Michael
Connor for the error.
Found in 1997, About Comics is a small publisher whose select list of
titles are not limited by the usual categorization of the comics field.
Working with some of the most respected names in comics, About Comics
publishes titles ranging from traditional superhero material to all-ages
humorous graphic novels to adult-themed prose material aimed at comics
fans. For more information, go to www.AboutComics.com
24 Hour Comics Day is an international celebration of comics creation.
Based on the 24 hour comics dare created by leading comics theoretician
Scott McCloud, cartoonists try to each create a full 24 page comic book,
normally months of work, in 24 straight hours. Other cartoonists take
this day to join in comics creation in ways that are in the spirit of
the challenge, if not strictly to the letter of it. In 2004, more than
500 cartoonists participated at over 50 international event locations,
and untold others celebrated in private. For more info on the 24 hour
comics challenge and 24 Hour Comics Day, go to www.24HourComics.com
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