24 Hour Comics Day Countdown: One Month To Go

Thu, September 7th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

One month from now, comics will cause a lot of people to have sleepless nights. That's because October 7th is 24 Hour Comics Day, the annual international festival of comics creation, when cartoonists are encouraged to try to create 24 page comic book stories – normally months of work – in 24 straight hours. With one month left before the event, 66 event sites have already signed on to host gatherings of cartoonists, so that they can work side-by-side in their battles against the clock.

The locations are in twelve countries on five continents, making the festival spectacular in its breadth. With more event locations to come, the current list is:

US:

Alabama: Kingdom Comics in Vestavia Hills, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

California : Brave New World in Newhall, The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, Comickaze in San Diego, Empire's Comics Vault in Sacramento, Knightly Games in El Centro, Waterfront Comics in Suisun

Connecticut: Sarge's Comics in New London

Florida: The Acme Superstore in Longwood, Pop Comics in Sarasota

Georgia: Bunjee's Comics in McDonough, Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta campus

Illinois: Stickney-Forest View Public Library District in Stickney

Indiana: BuyMeToys.com in South Bend, Comic Quest in Evansville, Reader Copies in Anderson

Kentucky: Coolector'$ Mall in Owensboro

Maine: Casablanca Comics in Portland

Massachusetts: Comicopia in Boston, Modern Myths in Northampton, That's Entertainment in Worcester

Michigan: Green Brain Comics in Deerborn

Missouri: Quinlan Keep in Columbia

New Jersey: Bad Moo in New Providence

New Mexico: True Believers Comics in Santa Fe

New York: School of the Visual Arts in Manhattan

North Carolina: Chapel Hill Comics in Chapel Hill, Silver Bullet Comics in Winston Salem, Ssalefish Comics in Winston Salem

Oklahoma: Atomic Comics in Oklahoma City, Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman

Oregon: Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland

Pennsylvania: 517521 in Bellevue, Wade's Comic Madness in Levittown

Tennesee: Rick's Comic City in Nashville

Texas: Austin Books in Austin, Lone Star Comics in Arlington and in

Dallas, Midnight Comics in Houston, Super Happy Fun Land in Houston

Utah: Night Flight Comics in Salt Lake City

Wisconsin: House of Heroes in Oshkosh

Canada:

Alberta: Comic-Kazi in Calgary, Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton

British Columbia: Elfsar Comics in Vancouver

New Brunswick: Strange Adventures in Fredericton

Ontario: The Artel in Kingston, Gemini Jetpack in Waterloo

Beyond:

Australia: Artrage in Perth

Belgium: Bries in Antwerpen, Het Besloten Land in Leuven

Finland: Bukra Bookstore in Tampere

Germany: Comicbibliothek Bei Renate in Berlin

Greece: Graduates Association of Fine Arts School in Athens

Indonesia: Pengajian Komik DKV Community in West Java

Italy: Piazza delle Culture della Casa della Conoscenza in Bologna, Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza in Cremona, Scuola del Fumetto in Milano, Scuola Italiana di Comix in Napoli, Centro Sociale Togliatti in Nova Milanese, Grafimated Cartoon in Palermo, Romics in Roma

Luxembourg: Location to be announced

The Netherlands: Lambiek comicstore in Amsterdam

Portugal: Livraria Stima Dimenso in Madeira

Head to www.24HourComics.com/2006/locations.html to find full addresses, contact information, and other information. "If there's a location near you, contact them now to make sure they have space for you," advises 24 Hour Comics Day founder and organizer Nat Gertler. "And if there's not a location near you, there's still time to get locations to sign up. Talk to your local comic shop, your arts group, your library. And with the school year about to start, we're hoping to hear from a lot of student groups!" Just about any pre-existing business or organization is qualified to host an event. The full details of requirements to host an event can be found on the 24HourComics.com website.

24 Hour Comics Day began as an annual event in 2004. Built around the 24hour comic challenge created by Scott McCloud, comicdom's leading theoretician and author of the just-released book Making Comics, the Day has inspired hundreds of people to marathon creative attempts. 2005's 24 Hour Comics Day involved more than 800 participants creating over 10,000 pages of art. The first two years of the event each generated a 24 Hour Comics Day Highlight book collecting 24 stories from the event; it has yet to be decided whether such a book will be done for the 2006 event.

 
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