24 Hour Comic Book Stay In Staunton

By: Tim Wronka Email
By: Tim Wronka Email

A Staunton comic book store teams up with a local cafe for a 24 hour-long event to see how creating comic books can bring the community together.

It's called the "24 Hour Comic Book Stay." It's a worldwide event where people come together to produce a 24 page comic book in 24 hours.

The "Short Box" comic book store in Staunton took part in it, and store owner Heath Pecorino teamed up with the Darjeering Cafe to host it. He says it's been a great time but it's definitely making him tired.

"My smart phone is now smarter than me. Today I forgot what number came after 12," Pecorino says.

Most of the artists came in at different times through the day, with as many as 20 working Friday night when it started. It went 10PM Friday to 10PM Saturday.

The comic books are not just about superheroes. Some artists like Laura Kliner wants her comic books to help young people get involved with current events.

"If you can do it in comic books, and really talk to people through art, then they get really engaged in the political system."

For Jack Morgan, the cafe's co-owner, he's happy to host event... especially being a huge comic book fan himself.

"It's been a long couple of days. But it's totally worth it. People are interested. It's just something cool we can do with the community," Morgan says.

For Heath, he's also reminded of the Staunton Creative Community Fund, who helped get his comic business off the ground earlier this year.

"They are incredible people who always keep their doors open. For any kid of questions or resources whatsoever. And they always have creative ideas," Heath says.

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