is a 24 hour comic?
a challenge: one cartoonist tries to create a full 24 page comic, normally
months of work, in 24 straight hours.more info
is 24 Hour Comics Day?
an international celebration of comics creation. Cartoonists all over
take the challenge of trying to create a 24 page comic story in 24 straight
hours. Many gather at special events in comic book shops,
schools, and other locations.
Hour Comics FAQ
of 24 Hour Comics
Sending in your comic
Random story seeds
a 24 Hour Comics Day event
About Comics offers several anthologies
of 24 hour comics:
24 Hour Comics, edited by Scott McCloud, with stories by Neil Gaiman,
Steve Bissette, and more.
24 Hour Comics Day
Highlights 2004, including Josh Howard, Christian
Gossett, and over 20 more.
Hour Comics All-Stars, with tales by Scott
McCloud, Paul Smith, Sean McKeever, Tone Rodriguez, and more.
24 Hour Comics
Day Highlights 2005, including Svetlana Chmakova, Zander
Cannon, and over 20 more.
24 Hour Comics
Day Highlights 2006, including Frazer Irving, Steve Troop, Rob Osborne, and more.
24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2006
About Comics has announced the creative line-up for 24 Hour
Comics Day Highlights 2006, listed in the January edition
of Previews which hits stores this week.
- Frazer Irving, Britain’s National Comics Award-winning
artist currently working on Marvel’s new Inhumans miniseries Silent
War, depicts the violent mayhem involved in 24 Hour Comics Day,
which he participated in at Comic-Kazi in Alberta.
- Jeremy Bear, who participated at home in California,
brings us “Cubicle". It’s a dramatic tale of a man
struggling with an odd conspiracy – or is he?
- Tita Larasati lets us in on her life as a foreign
student in The Netherlands in “Transition”, drawn at the
Lambiek comicstore in Amsterdam.
- Spooky Doll Kids creator Roseline Lau, working at
the Artrage event in Fremantle, Australia, offers the delightful anthropomorphic
tale “Caterpillar Crawler”.
- Edward J. Grug III, also at the Artrage event, lets
us know why “It’s Hard Out Here for a Sea Monster”.
- Chilean-born Rodrigo Bravo displays an action tale
in “Ruins”, crafted at Hairy Tarantula West in Toronto.
- Steve Troop brings the characters from his Melonpool
series back to the page after a too-long absence with a tale drawn
at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, California.
- Alam Muammar, taking part in the Pengajian Komik
DKV Community event in West Java, Indonesia, spins a dark and nearly-silent
fairy tale parody with swordplay, dragons, and a handsome prince.
- Rob Osborne, the graphic novelist behind 1000
Steps to World Domination and Sunset City for Active Senior
Living, introduces the star of his next graphic novel in “The
Old Man and the Pants”, drawn at Austin Books in Austin, Texas.
- And if you don’t want to wade through all thousand pages of Ju
Hui Judy Han’s PhD thesis in cultural geography, you
can read her 24 page comics version of it, created at Elfsar Comics & Toys
All of these stories were created on October 7th as part of 24 Hour
Comics Day, an annual event where cartoonists all over the globe try
to create a complete 24 page story in just 24 hours. The event is based
on a challenge created by Scott McCloud, author of the classic Understanding
Comics and the new how-to book Making Comics.
Over 1200 cartoonists took part this year,” explained Nat Gertler,
founder of 24 Hour Comic Day and editor of 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights
2006. “I read a lot of fine work and had a hard time paring
it down to the stories listed. These stories aren’t just good,
they also capture the diversity of what was created on the day. Many
books filled with worthwhile stories could be made from all the fine
material that was submitted.”
To make editing harder, this year’s book is 256 pages, instead
of the 496 pages of the books from the last two years. “While it’s
a shame to have to say ‘no’ to so many good stories, keeping
the page count down means the book can be priced at less than half the
price of last year’s. The hope is that bringing the price down
to $11.99 will entice more readers than the thicker, more expensive books
of the past.
In addition to the ten 24 page stories, this 256 book will have art
examples and excerpts from other stories, plus text about the 24 Hour
Comics Day events.
24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2006 (ISBN:
0-9790750-0-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-9790750-0-1) is a 256 page digest-sized
black and white book priced at an affordable $11.99. It’s listed
on page 208 of the January Previews, order code JAN07 3296.