Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Cartoonists Bring Comic Relief When Drawing Books In 24 Hours

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s hard enough for a cartoonist to draw a comic book in a few months, so doing it in 24 hours seems nearly impossible.

But that’s what more than 700 comic book sketchers will try to do April 23 when they each attempt to create a 24-page comic in one day during the 2nd annual 24 Hour Comics Day, .

From Serbia to Canada, artists ranging from seven to 50 years of age will take their best stab at it in more than 68 event locations.

Due to the time crunch, event spokesman Nat Gertler expects only 20 percent of the comic books will be any good, and admits most of them will probably be “horrible, awful-looking things.”

He says you can tell if a cartoonist is falling behind the clock when they do a full-page shot instead of a number of panels. Another sign: Towards the end of the book, they make their characters fall into a cavern or get lost in a snow storm, which takes less color and effort to draw.

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