Mark your calendars for Minneapolis’ fifth annual “24 Hour Comics Day” event. The details are as follows:
Saturday October 18, 2008 – Sunday October 19, 2008
10am – 10am

Bring food to share, and art materials for yourself (but know that Wet Paint will have a booth set up so you can buy all your stuff there if you want!)

For all the latest info, check out 24-hourcomic.blogspot.com

To register, email your name, email address and phone number to us at mpls24hourcomicday at yahoo.com. You can also ask questions there, but we would prefer if you did it in the comments for this post, as it will hopefully answer other people with the same question!

We will be making another box set collecting comics from this year’s event. We hope all event participants will want to participate in this as well. Everyone contributing a mini-comic to the box will get a copy of the box. In previous years we have made 100 of these… this year there will be less… the number is tbd, based on the number of participants.

Help spread the word by posting/printing/emailing the fantastic poster by Kevin Cannon (who may hold the world record for most 24 hour comics drawn)! Choose from:

400 px wide (blog-friendly)
800 px wide
1600 px wide (cartoon is readable at this size)
hi-res black (good for printing)

Thanks much to our sponsors at Big Brain Comics, Big Time Attic, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Wet Paint!

Here is an icon you can use on your blog sidebar, social networking site, etc. to link to the 24 hour Mpls blog:

Here is a link to the official 24 Hour Comics Day website for the international event. Here is Scott McCloud’s dare which defines what a 24 hour comic is.

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  1. david t August 20th, 2008 10:26 am

    that is one hilarious poster if i’ve ever seen one.

  2. Nat Gertler August 20th, 2008 10:56 am

    Prime posterage! Can I come?

    Oh, wait, Minnesota is too far to walk. Can I wave “hi” in your general direction from wherever I’m doing my 24 hour comic that day?

  3. admin August 20th, 2008 11:53 am

    We’ll be waving back, Nat! Thanks again for our favorite holiday! Congratulations on being able to participate this year.

  4. Torsten Adair August 22nd, 2008 5:55 am

    Cool poster! Where can I buy one? Was it done in 24-hours?

    And how about a 1-Hour comicbook challenge for kids k-12? The younger kids (K-3) can workshop the story, and a cartoonist does the “chalk talk” on one of those big sketch pads! Or do it all day long, like an open house, where kids can come and go, the crowd keeps changing, but the cartoonist, he’s gotta stay up there! Or a group of cartoonists is on stage, so the group can “script” a page in 15 minutes, and each cartoonist gets an hour to finish the page. Then they “leap frog” to the end of the line and start with a blank page! At the end, you’ve got the world’s largest (and longest?) 24-hour comicbook! Older teens can team up as a collective, with the goal being one page for each hour they’ve signed up for.

    Nat? Scott? Can I get your validation on these variations? One is “group think”, an adaptation of Peter David’s grade school talks. The other is “the Co-Option” where first-time 24-hour cartoonists can lessen the strain and pressure.

    Oooh! Third option! Single cartoonist, first timer, 24-panel cartoon. Once the 24-panels are finished, the cartoonist has the option of a) continuing the story for another 24 panels, b) stopping, or c) starting another 24-panel story.

    Oooh! Fourth variation! The narrative corpse series! One cartoonist completes a 24-hour comic. At some later date, another cartoonist starts a 24-hour comic, reading the first comic and continuing the story. (Reading the comic counts as part of the 24 hours, as this is part of the brainstorming.) This second issue is then given to another cartoonist (which can be the first cartoonist) who has not read the story, who continues the narrative corpse. The three “classic” variations can be used (24 pages in 24 hours, draw as many pages as possible in 24 hours, 24 pages until finished).

    Sorry… got carried away. I blame caffeine.

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