24-Hour Comics Day Rousing Success
At its peak, more than 40 Academy of Art University
students were cranking out comic pages for the 24 Hour Comics Day event hosted by the Academy of
School of Illustration. Twenty-five illustration
students rose to the challenge of creating 24 consecutive comic book pages in 24 consecutive hours.
“We had an amazing turnout for our first year hosting the event. I couldn’t be more proud and
excited for having been a part of what these students accomplished,” said Academy of Art University
Instructor Daniel Cooney. “The atmosphere was electric with creativity and enthusiasm for what I’m
sure is going to be an even bigger event next year.”
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. Academy of Art University students
produced 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 the event's website.
Students were inspired by the pace and energy of the event. Mars Elliot “welcomed the chance
to plow past any timidity or mental blocks” and “escape to an evening of experimentation of style
and form, free of pressure or expectation.”
Others used the opportunity to experience the pressure of real world deadlines in an academic
setting. And all students enjoyed the experience saying that they look forward to taking part in it
again next year.
“It was a total blast! Our school should host this event every year,” said Mutia Terian. “The
creative atmosphere really kept all of us motivated, especially when everyone cheered for anyone
who finished their page and put it up on the wall.”
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.
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 had a mini store with all necessary
supplies available for 24 Hour Comics Day Academy of Art University participants.