Comic Relief

Come down to Enchanted Grounds, 8800 South Colorado Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, for the fifth annual Denver 24-Hour Comics Challenge, where comic art-ists will create a 24-page comic from scratch in 24 hours. It’s a feat that tests the limits of both endurance and imagination. Organizer Stan Yan of Squid Works, who’s participated in or organized every one of the Colorado events, says it’s always a growth experience.

“You don’t really have time, especially if you’re doing the full-blown 24-page comic book, to worry about the things that normally we, as artists, get hung up on,” he explains. “A lot of times you just inadvertently work yourself through things you don’t realize that you’re working yourself through, and then, lo and behold, every time I finish the challenge, it seems that I am a lot better at something I didn’t feel like I could do before.”

The challenge is limited to 32 participants, and spectators are welcome; there’s a $25 fee to participate, but watching is free. The challenge started yester-day at 2 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m. today. For more information, call Yan at 303-452-9046 before the event or Enchanted Grounds at 303-470-1010 the day of — or visit www.squidworks.com/events.html.
Oct. 18-19, 2 p.m., 2008

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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