of Insomnia was Cartoonists Northwest's answer to the Scott McCloud 24
hour comic book challenge.
Cartoonists Northwest's event took place on June 28th 2003 and was a huge
success. H-U-G-E! Spawns received plenty of publicity. Two articles in
the Seattle Post Intelligencer covered Spawns as well as an article in
the neighborhood Seattle Sun. Also a 10 minute movie
was produced which will air on Bellevue Community College's channel 28.
of people (who weren't our relatives) showed up to see cartoonists in
the wild. About a dozen people joined CNW because of Spawns; and, best
of all, most of the participating artists had a great time! How great?
Many of the cartoonists at Spawns, dripping with the heat, punch drunk
and on the verge of complete exhaustion as the end of the marathon drew
near, were already talking about wanting to do it again next year. Even
allowing for a certain amount of hallucinating, that' s still pretty remarkable.
In 1990 as a creative exercise Scott McCloud (author of UNDERSTANDING
COMICS) asked comic creators to single-handedly write and draw a comic
in 24 hours. McCloud and Steve BissetteIt created their own 24 comics
in a one 24 hour period in August of 1990. Since then over 300 links to
24 hour comics have been posted online at McCloud's
are in awe of the people who actually completed all 24 pages in 24 (or
less!) hours at the Spawn's event: John Aquino, Bill Barnes, Donna Barr,
Phil Foglio, Lillian Ripley, Dan McConnell, Mark Monlux, Bill Morse, and
Edi Zaniduche. If you're counting, that is nine people out of the 26 participants
who crossed the finish line.
Other brave souls who participated were: Scott Alan, Anne Catharine Blake,
Mark Campos, Brett Cantrell, Te-Jui Darren Chiu, Jonathan Cotton, Ellen
Exacto, Ray Feighery, Jonah Gilbert, James Greer, Roberta Gregory, Mike
Kloepfer, Larry Lewis, John McColloch, John Shirkey, Rich Werner, and
Cartoonists Northwest President John Lustig.