This Saturday, October 5, is the 2013 edition of 24-Hour Comic Book Day. The challenge is to make a 24-page comic book in 24 hours. Write, draw, color, and letter an entire comic at an average of a page an hour. The event started in 1990 when Scott McCloud dared Steve Bissette to make an entire comic in a single day. The event has taken on great significance and has an annual date of the first Saturday of October every year. Thousands of artists and writers take part every year.
The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach is hosting their annual 24-Hour Comic Book Day event beginning October 5 at Noon and going 24 consecutive hours until Noon on October 6. Willing participants should sign up now through The Comic Bug’s Facebook event page to reserve a space. Then collect their ideas, pencils, paper, ink, and a pillow and plan on hunkering down for the most creative 24 hours of their life.
The comics can cover any subject matter across all genres. There are no limitations other than what is inside your head.
The event is fun and free and open to all ages. What you get at the end is the satisfaction of making an entire comic book. What the Comic Bug will provide is an energetic environment full of fellow likeminded comic creators to keep you fueled up and going for the 24 straight hours. There will be a Del Taco taco run, pizzas and Ralph’s Fried Chicken to help keep you fed and productive for the event.
You don’t even need to be a comic book creator to take part in the event. The Comic Bug is having a sale that is even better than Black Friday. The kick is you need to get there between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday morning to take part. But it is worth it to get 50% off every graphic novel, trade paperback, and back issue in the store as well as $1 for new comics in the special $1 new comics section. Not only will you be lifting the spirits of the weary comic creators but you’ll be getting an amazing deal on comics.