In Portland Oregon, eight artists come together to participate in Scott McCloud's 24 Hour Comic Challenge, attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours.
With the smell of coffee and doughnuts lingering over a table filled with pencil shavings, director Milan Erceg delves into the personal lives of each of the participating artist to examine how and why they got into an industry that rarely rewards their passion with fame or money. 

Further exploring the business of comic art, Erceg peppers in interviews from an impressive list of nationally recognized comic book experts including, Scott McCloud, cartoonist and author of Understanding Comics, Paul Guinan creator of Boilerplate, David Chelsea, acclaimed graphic novelist, Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics and many others.

An inspiring look into the art world’s version of a marathon, 24 Hour Comic leaves the audience with a deeper appreciation for the artists who spend a life creating.


8 artists come together to participate in Scott McCloud's 24 Hour Comic Challenge, attempting to write, draw, and complete a 24 page comic, in 24 hours.



In 2013 my friend and artist David Chelsea invited me to participate in a 24 hour comic challenge.

Though the invite was tempting, more interesting to me was the idea to witness and document this test of creative endurance.

Always the curious one, I wondered, what happens when you sequester a handful of artists in a comic book store trying to accomplish a month’s worth of work in 24 hours? On a shoestring budget, a small handful of volunteers and a homemade dolly I made for $30, I decided to turn the cameras towards the artists.

Not knowing if I had anything, I started to piece the film together. I soon found myself endeared by everyone in it. I made the film because I wanted to put the viewer in that comic book store for 24 hours, just as I was.



DIRECTOR MILAN ERCEG got his start in motion graphics including time as Creative Director at BRKLY where he developed show packages for iconic shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway and The Real Housewives franchise.

As a producer and Art Director for the documentary Beauty is Embarrassing, both he and director Neil Berkeley garnered Emmy nominations for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction.


EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RYAN SAGE is an award-winning writer, producer, director. His first feature, “A Big Love Story” won Breakout Filmmaker of the year at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Manhattan Film Festival along with many other festival awards. His most recent feature, “Temps” became a #1 bestseller on the iTunes Romantic Comedy charts. 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MIKE CAMELLO is a veteran film producer and distributor. He began his career in the sound world, where from 2001-2006 he served as a sound assistant for Danetracks, on such films as I Am Sam, The Good Girl, and 8 Mile, as well as a sound editor and designer for features including Gothika and Hustle & Flow.

Camello eventually moved into the business side of things. In 2014, he became Head of Film Acquisitions for Anderson and grew release strategies for verticals including theatrical, DVD, digital, VOD and SVOD.  Currently, Mike oversees Charlie Mike Productions, which has a slate of films in production.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER NEIL BERKELEY has been working as a designer and director in film and television for over ten years. His work includes main title design for some of TV's most popular shows and he has directed several national commercials.

Since 2009, Mr. Berkeley has operated his design-based production company, BRKLY.  The company developed most of the animated sequences in Beauty Is Embarrassing including the Mimi Pond Cartoon, the Pee-wee's Playhouse sketches and the end credits.  Mr. Berkeley has continued to direct and produce notable documentaries including Harmontown and the recent Tribeca selected documentary Gilbert.

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24 Hour Comic

Directed by
Milan Erceg

Produced by
Milan Erceg
Shawna Erceg
David Chelsea

Executive Producers
Ryan Sage
Neil Berkeley
Michael Camello

Written by
Milan Erceg
David Chelsea
Ryan Sage

Milan Erceg

Director of Photography
Milan Erceg
Arlo Rodieck

Original Music Provided by
Score Keepers

Additional Camera
Jared Hobbs
Nolan Lorch

Sound Mixer
Tristan Warren

Field Audio
Shawna Erceg
Matt Erceg
Nolan Lorch

Filmed on Location
Multnomah County, Oregon
Things From Another World, Portland, Oregon
Dark Horse Comics, Milwaukie, Oregon
San Diego, California
Simi Valley, California

(in alphabetical order)

Scott  Allie
Rebecca  Celsi
David  Chelsea
SW  Conser
Paul  Guinan
Batton  Lash
Tom  Lechner
Scott  McCloud
Andrew  McIntire
Jacob  Mercy
Rachel  Nabors
Arnold  Pander
Jacob  Pander
Opal  Pence
Mike  Richardson
Brad  Smith
Pete  Soloway

Special Thanks
Things from Another World
Dark Horse Comics
Hot Pepper Studios
DeepSky Studios
Louie Schultz
Paul Daigle
AliceGray Gregory
Aaron Fjellman
MIke Camello
Paul Poste
Jerry Pilato
Anny Celsi
Steve Abrams

Music by

Additional Music
"Gymnopedie No. 1" Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

"The Path of the Goblin King" Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

"The Cannery" Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Copyright © 2017 Milan Erceg Design Inc.
all rights reserved

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VOD DISTRIBUTOR: Gravitas Ventures



VOD RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2017

DVD RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2017

DIRECTOR: Milan Erceg

RUN TIME: 71 minutes

RATING: Not rated