24 Hour Comics Day Inspires Illustrators with Creative Marathon at Academy of Art University

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National 24 Hour Comics Day is October 18th

The Academy of Art University is honored to announce it will be an official host site for this year's 24 Hour Comics Day, produced by ComicsPRO. Approximately 80 Academy of Art University School of Illustration students have enthusiastically risen to the challenge of creating 24 consecutive comic book pages in 24 consecutive hours. Several top Academy of Art University alumni from across the country will also contribute groundbreaking artwork and offer encouragement at AAU's first 24 Hour Comics Day.

An energetic creativity marathon, 24 Hour Comics Day is the ideal setting for passionate illustration students to devote their talents to crafting innovative comic books in the span of just one day. All participants are challenged to craft a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours. Academy of Art University students will be producing work simultaneously with comic enthusiasts of all skill levels at sites across the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland. Complete copies of all comic books produced at 24 Hour Comics Day events worldwide will be housed at the Ohio State University Library in Columbus, OH and posted on http://www.24hourcomicsday.com.

ComicsPRO, the comic book retailer trade organization, recently assumed the organizational reins for 24 Hour Comics Day with the enthusiastic endorsement of the event's founder, Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics. Over the years, the 24 hour comic book challenge has thwarted and rewarded such comics luminaries as Kevin Eastman, Neil Gaiman, Scott McCloud, Dave Sim, and many others. Since the first 24 Hour Comics Day on April 24, 2004, the event has brought together legions of participants from all over the world.

"It is a real honor for the Academy of Art University to be hosting an event of such international scope and creative endurance," says Academy of Art University instructor Daniel Cooney. "I anticipate all of the participating students, alumni, and instructors encouraging each other to stretch to the far reaches of their imagination during this artistic marathon."

Academy of Art University would like to extend a special thanks to Bawls Energy Drink for providing refreshment for all participants at the 24 Hour Comics Day Academy of Art University site.

Academy of Art University students, alumni and instructors will be participating in 24 Hour Comics Day at 540 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Although 24 Hour Comics Day is not open to the public, members of the press are welcome to visit. Please call Larissa Dozier at (510) 219-3100 to arrange a site visit during 24 Hour Comics Day.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco
With over 13,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BFA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 14 different majors, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Multimedia Communications is the school's newest major, offering BA and MA degrees. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

For more information visit http://www.academyart.edu or call 1-800-544-2787.

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