PCA&D to participate in the annual, global 24-hour Comics Day in October

September 9, 2013

The 24-hour Comics Day began twenty years ago as a dare waged by artist Scott McCloud among his fellow comic artists. Since then, thousands of artists from across the globe participate in creating – from scratch – a completed 24-page graphic novel or comic book from beginning to end, all within twenty-four hours.  Participants over the years include well-known artists such as Kevin Eastman, creator of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” A brief history of how and why this 24-hour dare began is on Scott’s website.
This year, the global event will begin on October 5. The faculty and students of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Illustration department, and students from our Fine Art department, comprise the only group in the region that has taken the dare. In fact, PCA&D’s participation is sponsored by its Illustration department and student chapter of the Society of Illustrators.

PCA&D’s 24-hour event will begin on Saturday, October 5 at 3 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 6.

Prior to the kick-off on October 5, PCA&D will host Mike Manley as guest artist and speaker from 2 – 2:30 p.m.  A panel discussion about the comics industry and the 24-hour Comics Day event will follow; speakers include Manley and PCA&D faculty members and industry artists Bob McLeod, Mike Hawthorne, and Bob Hochgertel

At 3 p.m., PCA&D’s version of the 24-hour Comics Day begins. Several faculty members and several dozen students – along with guest artist Mike Manley -- will comprise PCA&D’s participation for the second year.  Faculty members include Charlie Beyl, Bill Dussinger, Mike Hawthorne, Bob Hochgertel, Bob McLeod, and Jon Yeager.Their challenge: create full-length (24 pages) comics in 24 hours, from front cover to “The End.”

From 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, work created during the 24 hours will be presented. Saturday’s guest speaker and panel discussion, and Sunday’s presentation of completed graphic novels are free and open to the public.

About our speakers

Mike Manley is an American comic artist who has worked for the major comic publishers Marvel, DC and Dark Horse. He is best known for co-creating the Marvel character “Darkhawk” in 1991. He has also contributed to titles such as “Batman,” “Captain America” and “The Power of Shazam!”  Manley also works in animation as a storyboard and background artist and helped to produce the WB shows “The New Batman/Superman Adventures” and “Batman Beyond.”  Other projects included “Spy Groove” for MTV, “Spawn” for HBO, and ABC's “One Saturday Morning” and “Clerks: The Animated Series,” based on the Kevin Smith movie. Manley then moved to Warner Brothers, working as a character designer.

Bob Hochgertel is an associate professor and Illustration department chairman at PCA&D. Bob has been an illustrator and storyboard artist for over 25 years, working for national and international clients in the publishing, advertising, and entertainment industries. His most recent project was the children’s book, “The ABCs of Philadelphia,” published by Camino Books. Bob McLeod is a comic book artist for Marvel and DC, and a children’s book author and illustrator. His picture book “Superhero ABC” was published by HarperCollins. Bob is also an adjunct faculty member in the Illustration department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Michael Hawthorne is a comic book artist for Marvel, DC and Dark Horse Comics. He is the creator of the comic book series “Hysteria” and has provided the artwork for various other comics, including “Deadpool,” “The Un-men,” “Fear Agent,” “Umbra,” “G.I. JOE: Origins,” “Whiskey Dickel,” “Three Days in Europe,” one story arc of “Queen & Country,” and “Conan: Road of Kings.” He also writes and draws a web comic titled "Raising Crazy" about his experiences raising his son. Mike is also an adjunct faculty member in the Illustration department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

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