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!

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

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!

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 http://comicsgrinder.com/


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 www.4colorfantasies.com 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!!!


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 www.comicpanel.net.