PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia cartoonists draw into the night during 24 Hour Comics Day

Sunday, October 4, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 3:05 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 4, 2009
Dustin Hoffmann works on a comic book adaptation of Peter Gabriel's song "Mercy Street" as part of the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. The song was inspired by poet laureate Anne Sexton's work of the same name. Hoffmann used it and several of Sexton's works as his inspiration for the comic.

COLUMBIA — Aspiring artists met at Artlandish Gallery in downtown Columbia on Saturday in a 24-hour push to create a 24-page comic book from scratch.

The event, called 24-Hour Comics Day, was one of several dozen similar undertakings that took place nationwide Saturday. The creative marathon went through the night Saturday and was scheduled to end Sunday at noon.

John Fortman concentrates as he draws the story of a man who makes up and is then attacked by a monster in his hallway during the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. Fortman's wife, who goes by the pen name Lady Darke, and his sister, Jennifer Fortman, also participated in the event.
Aspiring writers, from left, Eric Yearwood, Robyn Seale, and Noah Medling pen and draw their tales as part of the 24-Hour Comics Day on Saturday. Participants aimed at a page per hour in this 24-hour event. Their diverse stories included time travel and the public education system, a robot falling through the sky, and a bear who encounters a ritual in the woods.

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