EVENT: 24 Hour Comics Day


See the counter at the top of the page? That’s how long you have to get yourself ready for 24 Hour Comics Day 2015. But wait, you cry. What is 24 Hour Comics Day?

Glad you asked.

24HCD is a yearly challenge during which participants have 24 hours (duh, Trisha…) to create a 24-page comics book from scratch – pencils, inks, and lettering (colors, too, if you’re some kind of wizard). The challenge, of course, lies in making the comic on your own, but if you want to bring some friends along to help, we’re flexible.

Your 24 hours starts at 11 AM, Saturday, October 3 and ends at 11 AM, Sunday, October 4. Kids under 18 need to have a parent or guardian come in to let us know they’re not runaways. Kids under 15 can stay all 24 hours, but only if a guardian stays with them. For parents who don’t want to commit to the full 24 (and seriously, we don’t blame you), we’ll be having a kids’ session from 11 AM to 5 PM. The event happens at Box of Lights Studios’ new space at 419 State Street in downtown Erie.

Art supplies will be provided for kids (13 and under), but everyone else will have to bring their own. But “art supplies” can mean anything! Clay and a camera? Great! Legos? Even better! Printer paper and Sharpies? That’s the spirit! You prefer to draw on a laptop? We have no problem with that! Construction paper, scissors and glue? Back to basics! Your art is whatever you do to get your story told. Don’t limit yourself to what you think The GeekERIE wants you to do, because the only thing we want you to do is to make comics.

And the really cool part? Everyone who participates gets a copy of the finished comic book!

We’ll be providing food, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Our fabulous poster is by Ben Jammin. Come by Box of Light Studios on October 3 and you can meet him! If you have any questions, let us know!

UPDATE: 24 Hour Comics Day (Food!)

Tim Vickey of Next Chapters has very generously donated drinks and pizza to the event, which is amazing of him.  We’re going local, so don’t expect Li’l Caesars or any chain pizza like that.

I’m still working on the rest of the menu, but right now I’m thinking:

  • Deli meats with homemade pretzel rolls for lunch on Saturday
  • Chips
  • Peppermint Patty brownies and/or pumpkin roll for some sugar rush
  • Coffee (of course) and juices
  • And take-out from Dominick’s for Sunday breakfast

Of course, if anyone would like to donate food to feed the artist’s with, they would not be turned down.


EVENT: 24 Hour Comics Day

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The GeekERIE’s third annual 24 Hour Comics Day event is almost upon us!  We’ll be returning to our wonderful hosts with the wonderful space at Box of Light Studios (in whose honor our graphic this year is a LEGO Mona Lisa) for our day-of-nothing-to-do-except-create-comics the weekend of October 18 and 19.

If you’ve never participated before and want to know what to expect or are just curious about what happens in these 24 hours, here’s what you need to know: participants work individually (but we’re not against teams) to create his or her (or their) own 24-page comic; that’s planning, drawing, inking and lettering (coloring, too, if you’re some sort of wizard or something).  Food, drinks and snacks will be provided (though we’re not above donations) as will nap space and wifi (priorities, people!).  In essence, we’ll take care of all your needs so that you don’t have to worry about anything except your comic book.

There is no age limit for participants, but if you’re under 18, we’ll need your parents permission for you to stay (a note will be fine), and if you’re under 12, your parents will have to stay with you the whole time you’re there.  We don’t expect the younger kids to stay for the full 24 hours. however long they stay and whatever they finish, we will happily put into the annual publication.

Please RSVP to YourHost@TheGeekERIE.org and include your name (obviously) and t-shirt size (which will probably be $10 each).

Thanks and can’t wait to see you there!