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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: About Comics; First Edition edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971633843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971633841
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Vermont, I've been drawing comics and illustrating books professionally since the mid-1970s. My latest book is TEEN ANGELS & NEW MUTANTS, which is available here and now on amazon.com--check it out! Here's my "official" biography, for what it's worth:

Stephen R. Bissette won many industry awards as cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher. A pioneer graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, he currently teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies and is renowned for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo (from which From Hell, Lost Girls, and Throat Sprockets came), '1963,' Tyrant, co-creating John Constantine (inspiring the film Constantine), and creating the world's second 24- Hour Comic, invented by Scott McCloud as a challenge for Bissette. He illustrates books and has authored fiction (including the Stoker Award-winning Aliens: Tribes) and non-fiction (co-authoring Comic Book Rebels, The Monster Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and solo articles/essays for books and magazines). His papers reside in HUIE Library's Special Collections, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He recently contributed the short story "Copper" to The New Dead (St. Martin's Press, 2010), co-authored The Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman (with Christopher Golden and Hank Wagner; St. Martin's Press, 2008) and illustrated The Vermont Monster Guide (University Press of New England, 2009), and is currently packaging and co-editing (with Tim Stout) Tales of the Uncanny: A Naut Comics History, Volume 1 (About Comics, 2011). Visit his daily blog at http://srbissette.com.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Lin on September 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
So here's the challenge (read more about it at 24hourcomics dot com): you have blank pages and nothing prepared; the clock starts; 24 hours later, the clock stops and you have a 24-page comic - scripted, laid out, penciled, inked, and lettered. That's it.

Considering that the average professional comic team takes 320+ hours an average to get that far, it's a hell of challenge. To put in other terms - the challenge is to do 320 hours of work in 7.5% of the time normally needed.

It should be no surprise that the 24 Hour Comics Challenge is the brainchild of Scott McCloud, the author of "Understanding Comics" and "Reinventing Comics." McCloud is clearly a man of ideas, but don't let that fool ya - he is no dusty academic. McCloud has a love for comics, a passion for the stories and the way they're told, and this collection shows it.

McCloud did the first 24 Hour Comic in 1990. In the fourteen years since, he's received thousands upon thousands of pages from others who have taken the challenge. In this collection, McCloud has brought together his nine favorite stories.

The anthology's breadth and variety is phenomenal - from established artists like Steve Bissette to respected author Neil Gaiman to unknown amateur Paul Winkler, the stories here show just what the human imagination is capable of. There's a comic about Zen; the day in the life of a cat; meditations on a Roman emporer; and tragic life which is also bizarrely comical.

Remember - these stories were conceived at the start of each 24 hour period. None of these were outlined and planned before the clock started ticking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim Pallister on October 1, 2006
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Not to be confused with Scott McCloud's fantastic Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics books, this a compilation of the best 24-hour comics done as part of his initial 24 hour comics challenge (in which artists are given 24 hours to create a full 24 page strip).

This is an extremely fast read (I finished it in an hour), it's fun if you like dark and different kind of stuff. Some of the authors have some pretty twisted imaginations.

As comics, they are rough and unpolished. However, if you have an appreciation for the form, they are interesting in the context of the 24-hour challenge.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2006
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I'm not into comics much nowdays, but I enjoy Scott McCloud's
work, so I thought I'd give the "24 Hour Comics" a try.

I think I expected a larger format ... the art is cramped,
the lettering sometimes hard to read. For my tastes, the
selection includes far too much horror and/or despair.
All in all, I'm disappointed in it.
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