Official Press Release
The organizers of 24 Hour Comics Day have announced the initial list of sites for this year's marathon of comics creation. With more than fifty locations already signed on, the April 23rd-24th event promises to be much larger than even 2004's unexpectedly huge celebration.
The idea behind the day is simple: cartoonists take the 24 hour comics challenge, each trying to completely create a 24 page comics story in 24 consecutive hours. While some creators take the challenge working alone at home, others gather at official event sites to work side by side, in an atmosphere of shared energy and camaraderie. Comic shops, comic clubs, schools, and cultural organizations all host events, making sure that cartoonists are all fed and taken care of. Most of the sites are open for the public to come watch the creativity take place, and many of the comic shops stay open for shopping all night during the event.
There are already event locations signed up in the US, Canada, France, and South Korea, and more are expected. "Last year, we didn't have this many sites signed up until the week before the event," explains Nat Gertler, founder of 24 Hour Comics Day, "By the time of the event, we had fifty-seven sites, hosting over 500 cartoonists, ranging from a ten year old boy to popular comic book and comic strip artists. With a full three months left to go before the event, we're expecting more sites and possibly more countries to sign up."
Interested cartoonists should check www.24HourComics.com for a list of event sites. If there's a nearby event site, call ahead to reserve a spot, as sites will need to plan in advance for the number of cartoonists who are coming. "If there isn't an event site near you," suggests Gertler, "talk to your local comic book shop. The website has all the information about what it takes to host an event, and we're still willing and eager to sign on more sites. But if you cannot participate at an official event site, you can still celebrate 24 Hour Comics Day alone or with friends. The website has the full details of the 24 hour comics challenge; you just need some art supplies, some time, and some imagination."
The 24 hour comics challenge was invented by Scott McCloud, comics leading theoretician and author of the acclaimed book Understanding Comics. Individuals were taking the challenge for more than a decade before the first 24 Hour Comics Day in 2004. Several books of 24 hour comics exist, including the 24 Hour Comics (edited by McCloud himself), 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004 (featuring solely stories created during last year's 24 Hour Comics Day), and the forthcoming 24 Hours Comics All-Stars (featuring only creators who work in the commercial comics business.) More information on these books and the details of the 24 hour comics challenge can be found at the www.24HourComics.com website.