Monday, October 25, 2010

When is the next 24-Hour Comics Day?

As hosts plan their 24HCD event for the upcoming year, this is the first question they ask us! Here's how it works:

ComicsPRO is a trade association for comic book retailers. The organization focuses on providing member benefits which help lower the operating costs of comic book stores as well as providing services to raise the profile of comic books around the world. ComicsPRO provides administration and promotion for the 24-Hour Comics Day event each year.

The next official 24HCD date is announced at the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting which is usually held near the beginning of each calendar year. The next ComicsPRO AMM will be held February 10-13, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.

When the new date is announced by the 24HCD Committee at the Annual Membership Meeting, we will post it here at the blog and on the main 24HCD website.

Registration for the event usually goes live in June or July, and for the past few years the event has been held in the late 3rd quarter or the early 4th quarther of the year.

Thank you for participating in 24-Hour Comics Day or hosting an event. We'll be back in a few months with more information about 24HCD 2011!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Photos from 24 Hour Comics Day in New Mexico

Created with flickrSLiDR.

And you can read about it all at the 24 Hour Comics Day from 7000 BC blog, where the whole day was documented.

All participants — and all those who want to see what was produced that day, or are interested in producing comics — are invited to the 24 Hour Comics Day Follow-Up Meeting.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

One week later - 24HCD reports Newcastle upon Tyne

It's almost exactly one week since we staggered out of 24 hour comics day and onto the trains to find our way to what each of us laughingly calls civilization.

Ten members of the Newcastle based Paper Jam Comics Collective, plus friends, took part in the event, mostly at our venue (a methodist church, complete with a choir rehersal to keep us company for a few hours), and a couple of folks working on their comics and keeping in touch during the dark hours.

You can read about how we did, our suffering, despair, elation and epiphanies on our newcastle 24 hour comics blog, which we'll be updating as we do more of these. We will.

I think everyone really appreciates the creative benefits of an event like this, success or fail, you always learn something, and we had a fantastic time.

This is what it looked like to us:

Notice on the Door

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Congratulations on another successful 24HCD!

Congratulations to all of the venues around the world who hosted a 24-Hour Comics Day event! And congratulations to all of the creators who took the 24-Hour Comics Day challenge--even if you didn't finish your comic this year. Great work!

24HCD Venues
: if you HOSTED a 24HCD event this year, don't forget to email your total participation count. Just send the number of people who tried the challenge; you don't need to send individual names and you can count them even if they didn't finish their comics.

24HCD Participants
: if you COMPLETED all 24 pages in 24 hours and your venue isn't sending in a copy of your comic to the main 24-Hour Comics Day collection (not all venues do), please send in a copy of your completed comic!

You can use the form on this web page marked "Cover Letter to Submit Your Comics to the Official 24-Hour Comics Day Collection." Mail that cover letter, along with a copy of your completed 24-page comic to the address on the form.

Thank you!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

24 Hours Later in Seattle

There is nothing quite like a 24 Hour Comics Day. We did it right, here in Seattle, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. I coordinated this event from the ground up and made every effort to bring together as many cartoonists as I felt would make a great mix and not exceed too big a number. I even left some wiggle room for the unexpected. We ended up having some last minute additions to our crew and it all worked out great. Now, the next step will be to put together a book. I want to edit a book that captures the spirit of what we experienced. We may excerpt here and there and see where our page count takes us.

Our gang of cartoonists: Henry Chamberlain, Jennifer Daydreamer, David Lasky, Sean Robinson, Chyna Frey, Xochitl Briones, Marc Palm, Eroyn Franklin, Tiphoni, Stefan Gruber, Tom Doughery, Breanne Boland, Randy Wood, Andrew Davis and Sean Poppe.

I want to thank Comics Dungeon, Peaks Frozen Custard and the Seattle Folklore Society for their friendly support. We have certainly made a lot of friends along the way. As you'll see in the photos, we had quite a nice spot of our event. I mean this is a schoolhouse with a real old school feel, dating back to 1904. We cartoonists, with a soft spot for retro, really digged our location.

And, yes, we did start to feel the chill of sleep deprivation and people did worry if they would be able to complete the challenge. But we had a great time and created some very interesting results. Out of our group, Sean Robinson carried away the honors of completing every last bit of his comic down to the last ink stroke.

I had a great time allowing my story to take on a life of its own. I highly recommend coming into this with at least an idea of what you want to do. Better yet, create something tangible you can hook into: set up a premise, prepare a layout. You could even go much further and come in with a script. For me, I set up a premise about a week or so before the event and let that roll around in my head. As the days past, I'd notice this or that, something in the news or something that happened to me, and I'd see if I could add to my emerging story. I kept that up all the way into the event. I also had a layout of where I wanted the story to go. Maybe I should have had a preliminary set of thumbnails. I like to keep something to chance so I went with a rough Plan A and the option for a Plan B. It worked out, at least this time!

For more info and to keep up with details on our upcoming book, visit


Well.. the final lines have been inked... out of 15 starting artist 9 survived to finish their creations...

It has been an extremely long 24 hours with a gambit of emotions running throughout the course of the day... anticipation to get it going.... determination to finish the job... agony of defeat for some... and the thrill of accomplishment for others!!

They came ready to go.. full of energy...the laughs kept going until the wee hours of the morning and then the silence hit.. when everyone decided it was time to work hard on getting the books done... when the sun started to rise, the atmosphere in the shop became fun and light due to the fact that they knew they would be going home soon. One by one the projects completed and weary artist after weary artist bid farewell as they carefully drove to their beds putting this years 24 Hour Comics Day Challenge behind them.

Here is a small sample of this years books, but check our web site at on Monday October 11, 2010 to see the complete books!!!

This is Chris Brady from 4 Color Fantasies saying thanks to everyone that watched on our Ustream and read the blogs.. stop by and say hi sometime!!!

1st one done!!

Ok.. only 4 hours past his self imposed deadline, Julian Aguilera just finished here at 4am. His Vampire & Werewolf comic called Tooth & Nail will be posted on our website later this week. Congrats to Julian and Alan for participating for the third year in a row!!
And with the late hours setting in the wackiness starts


Ayodele Elegba, CEO of COMICPANEL and organiser of the 24 Hour Comics Day is so happy at the success of the 24 Hour event that began almost 4 months ago. "The turn out was very encouraging. Next Year is going to be BIGGER and BETTER" he says. Watch out for more about the Nigerian Comic Industry on


Its a time for bonding among comic lovers in Lagos, Nigeria as COMICPANEL hosts the 24 Hour Comic Book Day for the first time in Nigeria. Particpants that decided to stay and finish up at the close of the event (24 Hours later) came together to take a group picture. Those that survived the 24 Hours with Ayodele Elegba include Alade Olatunji, Ehon Joseph, Segun Oluwayomi, Imuse Osaze, Muhammed Mustafa, Olusanya Babajide, Obende Stanley, Ibrahim Ganiyu and Veta Salubi who helped out in the planning and organisation of the event.
They mentioned that they enjoyed themselves and arealready getting ready for next years edition. till next year. See ya all. For more information about the Nigerian Comic Industry please visit


Just after Midnight!!!

And only 10 hours left. Everyone is still going strong..although some are behind. They still think they can catch up... Oh that Julian I still see there.. I guess he didn't make his Midnight deadline....

Saturday, October 2, 2010

And then there was John

Three years ago a small publishing company approached me about doing our 24 Hour Comics Challenge and had their two artists come on down. This is where I met John Narcomey who at the time was the Creative Director. He and I hit it off from the moment we met, but he is a person that you have to meet to understand. The book he did the first year at our store was Cholo Libre and this year he decide to follow it up with the sequel Cholo Libre in To Hell and Back. No matter what I say about this book it can't be enough so here is John!!

First Timer

This year we are seeing a few new participants here at 4 Color. Most of them are recruits from previous year participants, which is how Chris Baird found out about us and decided to get it a try.

His book he is working on is about a prisoner who is a witness to nothing. The main character is a prisoner who sees a his new neighbor being brought in. Sometime in the night the new guy breaks out and murders his guards and the main character is questioned by the warden, but when he doesn't have the answers they want....

The thing that is making this book most ambisious is the fact that he is watercoloring his book too!!

Hope he has time to finish it.....

it's 4.30am here. 7 hours to go

With the night moving along.. the artists and others are enjoying the best part of the night....FOOD!!

Pizza, hot dogs, chips and sodas...everything that you need to keep the energy up for 24 hours

We are up on Ustream!!!

Come join us via the interwebs!!

Past the half-way point in VT....

Henry's work says it all...

Bridget finished her 24 pages an hour ago!
Rick isn't sure if he's going to finish at all, but he's having a great time...

Brittany is plugging away (little distracts her!)
Kira hard at work before she had to call it a night

here are more pix

24 Hours Comic Book Day: NIGERIA

The 24 Hours Comic Book Day is on here in Lagos and we've done 13 hours already. COMICPANEL is hosting this years event at the African Artist Foundation premises. So far 8 artist are left standing. some cool art are showing up in here

Just Starting In Seattle

I am the coordinator for the 24HCD taking place at the Phinney Center. I had prior commitment but now I am ready to go to it. Here is a rough of what I plan to base my comic on. I believe it has everything I need to jump in. I will post group photos as soon as I can.

WOOT!! First page done for First Timer!!

Congrats to one of first timers who completely finished her first page!!!

Trisha Cameron

We asked Trisha where she got the inspiration for her 24 Hour Comic from, "Its about getting revenge against a teacher", she said. I asked "Is this from a real life experience?" Her answer, "Oh Yeah!" When asked if she had the book more or less planned out she said that she was winging it as she goes. She's been drawing since she was 6 years old but this is her first attempt at a comic book and her first 24 Hour Comics Book!! Good luck to her and we'll keep everyone posted!

The Pro

Whew!! we've been working away here in Rancho Cucamonga with our artists!!!

Julian Aguilera

We asked Julian what he was working on this year. He explained that he was working off one of the pages in his book from last year, Winging It. In the page it was a story of the odd couple of a vampire and a werewolf. This year he and his brother Alan have expanded upon the story and are feverishly working it all out! He brags that he plans on being done by Midnight!!! We'll see... we'll see....

4 hours down....20 to go

After 4 hours of hard work, we are starting to see some early results. Here are a few sample images.

Heroic Adventures Kicks of 24 Hour Comics Day

We're of to a great start today! For our first event we have 9 participants and boy are they working hard. Everyone is in the zone and really focused on getting as much done as possible. You can see the determination on each of their faces. I'm not sure what to expect from these creative minds. I know one participant asked if exploding puppies are ok....I can't wait to see what that's all about.

The VERMONT 24 Hour Comic event is BEGUN!

We're here at: Artists' Mediums Inc. In Williston Vermont USA.
Artists' Mediums Inc.

The artists have begun,
Everyone has coffe, snacks and Chocolate!
With a flurry of paper and pens they begin drawing.

Many Thanks already to our sponsors:
Sweet Clover Market
Rocky's N.Y Pizza
Phoenix Books

We are finished!

In Rovaniemi the 24hcd -event has finished. Over 20 ready 24-pages comics has been drawn, participants are tired but extremely happy. Now we are just waiting the next year...

The 24 Hour Comic Event

The 24 Hour Comic Event is about to start here at Artists' Mediums Inc. in Williston Vermont (USA)!

If you're in the nieghborhood anytime between 9 a.m. this morning, and 9:00 a.m. Sunday, stop by and show support for your local comic artists, and watch them draw.
After 21 hours there are 16 drawers who have finished their slog: each of them have drawed 24 comicpages! The staff has busy time to scan all works - within one week they will be published in this website
Of course we'll have also an exhibition in the library where all the works can be seen.

Still here are some enthusiastic drawers left - the athmosphere is warm and concentrated.

Liminka School of Arts in Finland started

This is Impivaara, the house of comics students. The house looks silent but inside there are 52 artistis drawing, talking, cooking, laughing, eating, cutting each others hair and making noise.

Friday, October 1, 2010

4.30 a.m. in Rovaniemi, Lapland

Participants are still awake and drawing and drawing... Lots of coffee and juices are needed. Participants are stretching (and some yawning). These are the hard hours, how to stay awake and be perky.
Wow!! The excitement is building here at 4 Color... Cleaning and scrubbing, planning the food orders and picking up the MONSTER!!!

Lots of people calling to see if we have space.. YES!!! we will make room.. 15 people signed up already...

Trying to set up a Ustream for tomorrow so we can broadcast all day and night..(gotta watch what I say hahaha)

Come on down and check out all the artists tomorrow from 10am on into Sunday!!!
We are here still very much awake and drawing diligently. The weather is fine, at the moment
4 degrees above zero.

The event has started in Rovaniemi, Lapland (Finland)!

Hi, here we are again after one year. The long-awaited 24HCD has begun in our library. We have 42 eager drawers - many of them have participated in this event every year. But naturally we have also fresh forces among drawers!

In Rovaniemi is today a sunny autumnal day. The temperature has been roughly 10 degrees. It is friday evening and townspeople are preparing to spend weekend.