|24 Hr Comic Marathon AAU 10/20/08 7:33 PM|
Monday, October 20, 2008
The Academy of Art University is honored to announce it will be an official host site for this year's 24 Hour Comics Day, produced by ComicsPRO. Approximately 80 Academy of Art University School of Illustration students have enthusiastically risen to the challenge of creating 24 consecutive comic book pages in 24 consecutive hours. Several top Academy of Art University alumni from across the country will also contribute groundbreaking artwork and offer encouragement at AAU's first 24 Hour Comics Day.
An energetic creativity marathon, 24 Hour Comics Day is the ideal setting for passionate illustration students to devote their talents to crafting innovative comic books in the span of just one day. All participants are challenged to craft a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours. Academy of Art University students will be producing work simultaneously with comic enthusiasts of all skill levels at sites across the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland. Complete copies of all comic books produced at 24 Hour Comics Day events worldwide will be housed at the Ohio State University Library in Columbus, OH and posted on www.24hourcomicsday.com.
ComicsPRO, the comic book retailer trade organization, recently assumed the organizational reins for 24 Hour Comics Day 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 Kevin Eastman, Neil Gaiman, Scott McCloud, Dave Sim, and many others. Since the first 24 Hour Comics Day on April 24, 2004, the event has brought together legions of participants from all over the world.
"It is a real honor for the Academy of Art University to be hosting an event of such international scope and creative endurance," says Academy of Art University instructor Daniel Cooney. "I anticipate all of the participating students, alumni, and instructors encouraging each other to stretch to the far reaches of their imagination during this artistic marathon."
Academy of Art University would like to extend a special thanks to Bawls Energy Drink for providing refreshment and Blick Art Materials and Canson for providing drawing materials at the 24 Hour Comics Day AAU site. In addition, Blick Art Materials will have a mini store with all necessary supplies available for 24 Hour Comics Day Academy of Art University participants.
We had over 40 plus students committed to drawing a comic book for 24 straight hours which began at 10am Saturday morning. The next morning at 10am, 25 students were proudly congratulating one another for working 24 straight hours and sharing their completed work. I've couldn't been more proud and honored to be of the Academy Art's inaugural first year hosting the event. Well done folks!