24 Hour Comics Day 2011 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center
Your Host: Henry Chamberlain, aka “Hank”
Chances are you, or someone you know, is a fan of comics, whether it is Superman, The Simpsons, or maybe The Power Puff Girls. Here, in Seattle, you may even know an actual cartoonist. We are home to more than the national average. With that in mind, consider this: one thing familiar to most cartoonists is the annual challenge known as 24 Hour Comics Day on the first weekend in October, a worldwide dare to stay up all night and create a whole comic book.
I have taken the challenge and have organized a 24HCD to take place at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. 2011 marks the second year that the center has provided a venue for this event. This year finds a twist. There will be a connection to the Experience Music Project’s exhibition, “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.” Each 24HCD cartoonist will work on their own horror themed comic. I will then edit a book of that night’s work. It’s great to be able to work with EMP and have a connection to such an awesome exhibition.
24 Hour Comics Day will run from 1 PM on October 1 to 1 PM on October 2. The event is sponsored by Comics Dungeon, a leader among comic shops in Seattle and beyond. It is also sponsored by Peaks Frozen Custard. The event will take place in the Brick Building, on Dayton Avenue, just down from the main Blue Building which is located at 6532 Phinney Avenue North. A common mistake is to go to the main Blue Building but it won’t be there. Better to think of it like this: The Brick Building on Dayton Avenue N, between N 67th St and N 66th St.
If you go to the main middle doors of the Brick Building, you’ll see a sign with instructions on how to access the event if you want to view it. There is a core group of cartoonists so there is no guarantee that you’ll also participate but drop me an email and that will help to sort it out.
The concept of staying up all night to create a 24 page comic within 24 hours was created by the comics historian and cartoonist, Scott McCloud, known for his groundbreaking book on the comics medium, “Understanding Comics.” In 1990, McCloud created his first 24 Hour comic. By 2004, Nat Gertler organized the first 24HCD bringing together thousands of participants to the annual event. Since then, thousands have taken the challenge and many have succeeded in creating their own 24 hour comics.