Nat Gertler informs us of details and participating sites in this year’s 24 Hour Comics Day:

One month from now, comics will cause a lot of people to have sleepless nights. That’s because October 7th is 24 Hour Comics Day, the annual international festival of comics creation, when cartoonists are encouraged to try to create 24 page comic book stories – normally months of work – in 24 straight hours. With one month left before the event, 66 event sites have already signed on to host gatherings of cartoonists, so that they can work side-by-side in their battles against the clock.

The locations are in twelve countries on five continents, making the festival spectacular in its breadth. With more event locations to come, the current list is:


Alabama: Kingdom Comics in Vestavia Hills, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
California : Brave New World in Newhall, The Comic Bug in Manhattan
Beach, Comickaze in San Diego, Empire’s Comics Vault in Sacramento,
Knightly Games in El Centro, Waterfront Comics in Suisun
Connecticut: Sarge’s Comics in New London
Florida: The Acme Superstore in Longwood, Pop Comics in Sarasota
Georgia: Bunjee’s Comics in McDonough, Savannah College of Art and
Design’s Atlanta campus
Illinois: Stickney-Forest View Public Library District in Stickney
Indiana: in South Bend, Comic Quest in Evansville,
Reader Copies in Anderson
Kentucky: Coolector’$ Mall in Owensboro
Maine: Casablanca Comics in Portland
Massachusetts: Comicopia in Boston, Modern Myths in Northampton,
That’s Entertainment in Worcester
Michigan: Green Brain Comics in Deerborn
Missouri: Quinlan Keep in Columbia
New Jersey: Bad Moo in New Providence
New Mexico: True Believers Comics in Santa Fe
New York: School of the Visual Arts in Manhattan
North Carolina: Chapel Hill Comics in Chapel Hill, Silver Bullet
Comics in Winston Salem, Ssalefish Comics in Winston Salem
Oklahoma: Atomic Comics in Oklahoma City, Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman
Oregon: Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland
Pennsylvania: 517521 in Bellevue, Wade’s Comic Madness in Levittown
Tennesee: Rick’s Comic City in Nashville
Texas: Austin Books in Austin, Lone Star Comics in Arlington and in
Dallas, Midnight Comics in Houston, Super Happy Fun Land in Houston
Utah: Night Flight Comics in Salt Lake City
Wisconsin: House of Heroes in Oshkosh


Alberta: Comic-Kazi in Calgary, Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton
British Columbia: Elfsar Comics in Vancouver
New Brunswick: Strange Adventures in Fredericton
Ontario: The Artel in Kingston, Gemini Jetpack in Waterloo


Australia: Artrage in Perth
Belgium: Bries in Antwerpen, Het Besloten Land in Leuven
Finland: Bukra Bookstore in Tampere
Germany: Comicbibliothek Bei Renate in Berlin
Greece: Graduates Association of Fine Arts School in Athens
Indonesia: Pengajian Komik DKV Community in West Java
Italy: Piazza delle Culture della Casa della Conoscenza in Bologna,
Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza in Cremona, Scuola del Fumetto in
Milano, Scuola Italiana di Comix in Napoli, Centro Sociale Togliatti
in Nova Milanese, Grafimated Cartoon in Palermo, Romics in Roma
Luxembourg: Location to be announced
The Netherlands: Lambiek comicstore in Amsterdam
Portugal: Livraria Sétima Dimensão in MadeiraHead to to find full addresses,
contact information, and other information .
“If there’s a location near you, contact them now to make sure they have space for you,” advises 24 Hour Comics Day founder and organizer Nat Gertler. “And if there’s not a location near you, there’s still time to get locations to sign up. Talk to your local comic shop, your arts group, your library. And with the school year about to start, we’re hoping to hear from a lot of student groups!” Just about any pre-existing business or organization is qualified to host an event. The full details of requirements to host an event can be found on the website.

24 Hour Comics Day began as an annual event in 2004. Built around the 24hour comic challenge created by Scott McCloud, comicdom’s leading theoretician and author of the just-released book Making Comics, the Day has inspired hundreds of people to marathon creative attempts. 2005’s 24 Hour Comics Day involved more than 800 participants creating over 10,000 pages of art. The first two years of the event each generated a 24 Hour Comics Day Highlight book collecting 24 stories from the event; it has yet to be decided whether such a book will be done for the 2006 event.


  1. I tried this 24 hour comic thing back in about 1998 or so when Dave Sim and the like first started giving it a go. It’s bloody hard work so hats off to everyone who’s doing it.

    Maybe I’ll give it a go myself again this year.

  2. You might find it actually a bit easier to do it amidst a group of other people taking the same challenge – it keeps the spirits up, and there is less doom at 4 AM when you’re not alone.