Kazmierczak to combat cancer with 24-hour comic challenge

Comic creator Russ Kazmierczak in Drawn to Comic window (courtesy Susan Brown, Drawn to Comics.)
Amazing Arizona Comics’ creator, Russ Kazmierczak, takes 24-Hour Comic challenge in Drawn to Comic window (photo courtesy Susan Brown, Drawn to Comics.)

Superhero comics are known for their fantastic fights and amazing adventures, but this weekend (June 25 – 26) you can witness local comic creator, Russ Kazmierczak, combat the deadliest menace of all while he earns donations for the American Cancer Society though his 24-Hour Comic Challenge.

The “24-hour Comic” was originally created by cartoonist, Scott McCloud, in 1990; and the event has morphed into a creative challenge that thousands of artists have attempted over the years. The “Screw Cancer 24-Hour Comic” will mark Kazmierczak’s second go at the endeavor, with his first successful attempt taking place last summer in the window of C-MOD in Phoenix.

For this event, Kazmierczak (who also hosts Arizona’s live, local talk show, Phoenix Tonight) will be in the display window of Glendale’s Drawn to Comics shop from 2 p.m. Saturday thru 2 p.m. Sunday, creating the 24 full-pages that will make up his July August issue of Amazing Arizona Comics, which features incredible Arizona-centric superheroes and southwestern culture.

“This year, after artist Darwyn Cooke passed away from cancer, I decided to use the event as an opportunity to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” said Kazmierczak. “Ken (Brown) at Drawn to Comics kindly agreed to be the host – I’m especially fond of his big storefront window display. I’ll be like a human zoo exhibit!”

Each hour of the event has been sponsored by a local artist, business or organization, which will in turn be noted at the bottom of the page created during their 1-hour block of the comic challenge. Onlookers and comic fans are also encouraged to get involved by contributing donations during the event.

“My goal was $250, and as of this writing I’ve reached that goal.  The Valley boasts a wide variety of artists, from cartoonists to comedians to podcasters and more, and our donation to ACS is on behalf of that community.  I’m honored to be a part of it!”


UPDATED: 10:50 a.m. – 6/23/2016

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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