Wednesday, April 26, 2006

COMICS JAM: GOLD!!!

As some of you may know, there is an annual event called "24 Hour Comics Day" wherein comics creators of all stripes -- young and old, pro and amateur -- converge on official sites all over the world and spend a solid 24-hour-block writing and drawing an original 24-page comic book from scratch. Erica and I participated last year: her comic was lovely but unfinished; mine was finished but awful.

Anyway, this year they moved 24 Hour Comics Day to the fall (to avoid hitting too close to Free Comic Book Day), and filled the gaping hole with a special event called the Comics Jam War. Over 100 teams of comics creators across North America each made an eight-page story to go with the cover (above).

All of which is the roundabout way of saying that I saw the list of winners and said, "Hey! I know those guys!"

GOLD went to Ben Avery and team Gloom Patrol, and BRONZE went to Tom Hall and Joe Endres and the rest of the Megazeen team. Big congratulations all around guys! See the results of the competition here. All seven chosen stories will be in the book Comics Jam War, which hits comic shops July with a cover price of $6.99.

Related links:
Q&A: BEN AVERY (The Imaginaries)
THE MILLER SISTERS
SINISTER SIX: ARE YOU IN OR OUT?
COMPETITION: MORE THAN A COMIC BOOK
CSI HITS THE COMIC CON
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