ComicsPRO announces this year's date for 24 Hour Comics Day (24HCD) will be Saturday October 18. Additionally, registration is now open to become an official host site for 24HCD. For information and registration, please visit the brand-new website at http://www.24hourcomicsday.com.
24 Hour Comics Day is an annual challenge for cartoonists to produce a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours. ComicsPRO, the comic book specialty retailer trade organization, recently assumed the organizational reins for 24HCD with the enthusiastic endorsement of the event's founder, Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics.
Over the years, the 24 Hour comic book challenge has thwarted and rewarded such comics luminaries as Scott McCloud, Dave Sim, Neil Gaiman, Kevin Eastman and many others. On 24 Hour Comics Day, creators of all ages and levels of skill and experience gather at one of the participating sites to encourage each other in completing this creative comics marathon.
On August 31st, 1990, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), originator of the 24 Hour comic concept, completed his first creative marathon. On April 24th, 2004 Nat Gertler organized the first 24HCD bringing together legions of participants all over the world in this annual event. In the years since, thousands have tried and many have succeeded in creating their own 24 hour comics.
"Organizing 24 Hour Comics Day furthers the mission of ComicsPRO," said Rick Lowell of Casablanca Comics in Portland Maine, who is also a ComicsPRO board member. "By opening our stores to this 24HCD marathon, we're attracting attention to the amazing comics medium while also providing spaces for cartoonists to show their works in progress to all interested viewers. We hope you'll sharpen your pencils for all the action on October 18 for 24 Hour Comics Day!"
ComicsPRO will continue to add resources to the 24 Hour Comics Day website. Participating artists, host sites, and all other interested parties are asked to bookmark the site and check it regularly!