24 Hour Comics Day 2005 Announced

Tue, August 3rd, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

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

straight hours.

"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 sponsors@24hourcomics.com

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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