The Nerdiest All-Nighter: SA's 24-Hour Comics Challenge

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Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy will host 24-Hour Comic Day, an annual event that challenges artists to draw an entire comic book in 24 hours.

Like so many hilariously difficult endurance tests, 24-Hour Comic Day originated as a dare. In 1990, comic artist Scott McCloud challenged fellow artist Steve Bissette to draw a 24-page comic book in a single day. When Bisette agreed, McCloud decided to do it as well. Over time, this challenge caught the attention of other aspiring and working comic artists such as Neil Gaiman (Sandman) and Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). In 2004, what started as just a dare became an official, organized group event thanks to Nat Gertler. ComicsPRO, a professional retail organization for comics, took over all administrative duties in 2008.

Dragon’s Lair has hosted the event for the past seven years, says Bob Schaefer, co-manager at Dragon’s Lair. Though the test is tough, Schaefer believes it serves an important purpose.

“It’s a chance for artists to challenge themselves.”

Participants are encouraged to sign-up and to bring their art supplies, snacks, drinks, and even pillows for that much-needed power nap.

Just because some people cannot physically work for 24 hours straight does not exclude them from participation, says Marko Davanzo, ComicPRO’s Administrative Director. In fact, participants can even do the challenge from home.

Though there are no judges or prizes to win, participants are encouraged to submit a photocopy of their comic book to the Ohio State Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum where it will be archived.

The marathon event kicks off on October 4 at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends on October 5 at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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