Happy 10th Anniversary, 24 Hour Comics Day!

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According to this detailed interview with Nat Gertler, founder of 24 Hour Comics Day, today is the 10th anniversary of the event (now held in October).

I liked several observations in this piece by Tim O’Shea. First is capturing how much of a “let’s put on a show in the barn!” attitude there still is in comics, and how it often works to make things happen. Also, there’s a neat synchronicity in how working to solve problems — Nat was only one guy — created positive results — more of a community approach. I hadn’t realized until now that 24-hour comics used to be kind of depressing, when they were one person working alone, and how turning it into a shared event gave the creators, and thus the material, more support and hope. That’s a fascinating example of how methods of creation affect content, sometimes unexpectedly.

I still have the 24-Hour Comics Highlights books around here somewhere, and now I want to read them again. I’m sure there are some hidden gems in there.

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