PRESS RELEASE: 24 Hours Later

APRIL 7, 2005

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Spicyricecracker Productions is proud to announce that their inaugural film, *24 Hours Later*, will soon be released to DVD and the big screen!

*24 Hours Later* is the definitive film on Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comics Challenge. The movie follows 4 artists as they attempt the Mt. Everest of comics, capturing the blood, sweat, ink, bad jokes, and tears (at the jokes) in startling intimacy and unrelenting detail.

The film also features interviews from the broad spectrum of people who have attempted The Challenge, from young children to struggling artists to seasoned professionals. It’s as close to the 24 Hour Comics Challenge that you can get without doing it yourself!

– May 1st, 2005: *24 Hours Later* will be screened as part of the prestigious New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. The screening will take place at 2:10 pm at the Village East Cinema. Screening information and location can be found at nyfilmvideo.com. Come support independent cinema and comics creation by being at the screening! Besides – where else can you see Scott McCloud and Scott Kurtz on the big screen in the same movie? Tickets can be reserved through www.ticketweb.com (keyword: 24 Hours Later).

– April 23, 2005 (24 Hour Comics Day): DVDs of *24 Hours Later* will be made available for sale to the public through the website www.24hourslater.com and at the Pittsburgh Comicon. The DVDs will include interview footage not in the movie, links to the artists’ websites and webcomics, and a commentary track from the directors and artists featured in the film. A discount is available to retailers.

Film Synopsis:

Imagine that, in the space of a single day, you had to create a 24-page comic book from scratch. Start to finish. No preparation allowed – no scripting, layouts, character sketches, etc. The whole kit ‘n’ kaboodle must spring up from nowhere and be done twenty-four hours later. This is the idea behind Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comics Challenge, and this is what the film *24 Hours Later* seeks to capture.

Four artists – armed only with their talent, determination, art supplies, and wit (such as it was) – locked themselves in a comic book store in central New Jersey for the space of a single day. What happens when creative individuals are forced to improvise a full-length comic book in a midnight-to-midnight timeframe? Beauty, drama, big walls, cuteness, philosophy, arcane references, and a lot of bad jokes. *24 Hours Later* captures it all with the grace, sensitivity, and cinematography expected of a nature documentary about the mating habits of walruses.

The film was conceived and directed by James Hatton and Jimmy Lin. The duo also star as two of the artists, along with Bill Ellis and Danielle Corsetto. Ellis, Corsetto, and Hatton all have regularly published web-comics. Corsetto’s 24 Hour Comic was selected by Nat Gertler (About Comics) for inclusion in the 2004 anthology of submitted works.

Also featured are interviews with Scott McCloud (author of *Understanding Comics*), Nat Gertler (organizer of 24 Hour Comics Day), Christian Gossett (*The Red Star*), Scott Kurtz (www.PvPonline.com), Tone’ Rodriguez (*Violent Messiahs*), and many others – some established professionals, some up-and-coming artists, and some who just wanted to push themselves to the limits. (Some of them never came back, but that’s okay. They’re more entertaining that way.)

Please send all inquiries to:

Jimmy Lin
31C Cherry Hill Lane
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
crunch@spicyricecracker.com