24 Hour Comics Day 2005 Announced

Official Press Release

Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics and founder of 24 Hour ComicsDay, has announced the date for the next event: April 23rd, 2005. Onthis day, cartoonists around the world will take the 24 hour comicschallenge, each trying to write and draw a 24 page comics story in 24straight hours.

"The event really needs to be on a Saturday, so that people can spendtheir 24 hours and still have time to recover before work or school onMonday," explains Gertler. "Because of that, we couldn't keep the April24th date we used for this year's inaugural event. But by having the 24hours starting on the twenty-third, it actually ends on the 24th."

Once again, comic book stores, comic clubs, and educational institutionswill be hosting 24 Hour Comics Day events where cartoonists will workside by side in a spirit of camaraderie. "The early indications are thatmost but not all of the locations that hosted events this year will doit again next time, and there's a fair number of additional retailersshowing interest. Between that and the on-going enthusiasm from bothamateur and professional cartoonists, it looks like 2005 will be evenbigger than 2004," says Gertler. Announcement of the initial list ofevent locations is still months away.

In other 24-hour-comics-related news:

· Sponsors for 24 Hour Comics Day are being sought. "We're notlooking for money," explains Gertler, "but for products that will makethe day more enjoyable for those participating at event sites. Snacks,meals, soft drinks, energy drinks, art supplies, and photocopyingservices are the obvious examples." Sponsors will not only get exposureat the event sites, but will also be mentioned in press materials and onthe website. Interested parties should email sponsors@24hourcomics.com

· The book 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004, collecting 24interesting stories from this year's celebration, is now in stores. Theprint run on the book is about 1700 copies and is not likely to see asecond printing, so folks who are fans of the work of Josh Howard,Christian Gossett, Eric Wolfe Hanson, Ken Lashley, Joel Priddy, and theother pro and amateur cartoonists represented within should ask theircomics retailer for one now.

· Due to a production error, 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004reproduces one page of Michael Connor's story twice, leaving one pageout. Go to http://www.24hourcomics.com/24HCD2004missingpage.html to readthe missing page. About Comics apologizes to the readers and to MichaelConnor for the error.

Found in 1997, About Comics is a small publisher whose select list oftitles are not limited by the usual categorization of the comics field.Working with some of the most respected names in comics, About Comicspublishes titles ranging from traditional superhero material to all-ageshumorous graphic novels to adult-themed prose material aimed at comicsfans. 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 theoreticianScott McCloud, cartoonists try to each create a full 24 page comic book,normally months of work, in 24 straight hours. Other cartoonists takethis day to join in comics creation in ways that are in the spirit ofthe challenge, if not strictly to the letter of it. In 2004, more than500 cartoonists participated at over 50 international event locations,and untold others celebrated in private. For more info on the 24 hourcomics challenge and 24 Hour Comics Day, go to www.24HourComics.com

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