Nickel Plate Arts is celebrating the 7th year of our annual Comic Book in a Day Challenge! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. as a virtual event via Zoom. This year’s event will feature the best that Nickel Plate Arts and Ignite have to offer, including workshops for artists and comic book fans of all ages. We are excited to partner once again with Hamilton East Public Library for this event. Mark your calendar! Check out the event features below.

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2020 Details

Calling comic book artists of all skill levels! Become a Challenge Artist, and create a comic book from scratch in just 8 hours during our annual signature event.

Showcase your drawing skills, on pen and paper or digitally, and compete to win prizes, including art supplies, comic books and even CASH! Gain exposure as an artist by engaging with local community members and fellow comic book enthusiasts. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by both professional and amateur comic book artists, so you’ll build a network of peers who can help cheer you along in your artistic efforts!

All work must be new and created during the event; no working ahead or using previously created characters or scenarios allowed.

This year’s rules and regulations are still under construction as we confirm our online processes, but you can refer to last year’s regulations for now: 2019 Comic Book in a Day Rules & Regulations

Ready to sign up for the challenge?  CLICK HERE.

We look forward to an awesome Comic Book in a Day event this year!

Rules and Regulations for The Challenge

The Comic Book in a Day Challenge is a unique endurance tests for artists of all ages and skill levels. Can you create a comic book from scratch in 8 hours? We guarantee that it is both easier AND harder than you think, but we can also guarantee that you will have fun meeting other artists, challenging yourself, and being a part of this one-of-a-kind event.

Before you commit to the Challenge, feel free to review the rules & regulations (our 2020 rules are still under construction as we finalize our plans): 2019 Comic Book in a Day Rules & Regulations

Event Summary: Comic Book in a Day, Sat., August 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Zoom

Calling all sequential art and superhero fans for our fifth annual comic book event! Admission to this event is FREE! Participation in the Comic Book Challenge costs $25 and requires advance registration.

    • 2019 Comic Book Challenge: Participating Challenge Artists will complete a portion of a comic book over the course of one action-packed day.  Come watch them in action (free admission) or participate for $25! ARTISTS! Sign-up for the Challenge by filling out the form below and pay your registration fee by clicking here.
    • Featured Comic Book Artists: Three nationally recognized, professional comic book artists will attend with artwork on display and for sale. They will be creating artwork throughout the day and will serve as judges for the Comic Book Challenge. They will also host presentations on various comic book-related topics and host workshops throughout the day. Check back here for more information and times to be posted soon!
    • 2020 Comic Book Challenge Awards: Each Challenge Artist will talk about their artwork, the judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced! Who will take home the championship belt this year?
  • And More!: Create hands-on comic book-inspired crafts,  purchase comic book artwork and prints, get autographs from artists, and more!

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2020 Schedule of Events- Saturday, August 29

9:00 a.m.
Comic Book in a Day Challenge Begins


4:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies
The Comic Book Challenge will wrap up around 4:00 p.m., when each artist will present their story and artwork. This is always the most fun part of the evening as we celebrate everyone’s accomplishments, marvel at their talents, and learn about their journey. You do not want to miss out on all the stories, plus, you’ll get to see who our judges select as this year’s Champion!

Check back often for the latest details and stay up-to-date on Facebook!

2020 Workshops- August 24–26

Previous Winners

2019 Comic Book in a Day Award Winners

Here are the award winners for our 2018 Comic Book in a Day:

Best Overall: Raquel & Gabrielle Zacherl
Best Art: Lina Carter
Best Story: Christina Erin
Most Creative: Andi Overman
Most Ambitious: Jason Funk
Best Panel: Miranda Luttrell, Sarah Butler
Emerging Artist: Aaron Boggs

Congratulations to the award recipients. We’re proud of the incredible artwork that everyone produced!

Special thanks to Hamilton East Public Library’s Ignite Studio for letting us use your phenomenal space.

Special thanks to our featured comic book artists and judges for the event: Sterling Clark, Stuart Sayger, and Victor Dandridge.

2018 Comic Book in a Day Award Winners

Here are the award winners for our 2018 Comic Book in a Day:

Best Overall: Kenna Al-Sayed
Best Art: Erik Lundorf
Best Story: Gabrielle & Raquel Zacheri
Most Creative: Yuri Duncan
Most Ambitious: Mason Yeater
Best Panel: Alyse McMiller, Joey Haas
Rising Star: Jason Funk

Congratulations to the award recipients. We’re proud of the incredible artwork that everyone produced!

Special thanks to Hamilton East Public Library’s Ignite Studio for letting us use your phenomenal space.

Special thanks to our featured comic book artists and judges for the event: Sterling Clark, Stuart Sayger, and Victor Dandridge.


We have opportunities for sponsorships for our 2020 challenge! Contact Aili or fill out the form below to find out how to sponsor this amazing event!

Featured Artists for 2020

Stuart Sayger

Stuart Sayger is a professional illustrator who works primarily in the comic book industry. Known for his moody atmospheric art Sayger first broke into the industry as the creator of SHIVER IN THE DARK, producing the comic independently from start to finish.

Sayger’s most recent published projects include: “Kiss”, “Vampirella vs Reanimator”, “Jeepers Creepers”, and “G.I.Joe”. Sayger has also produced covers for “Xena Warrior Princess” and “Dejah Thoris” for Dynamite Entertainment, as well as”Rom” and “Micronauts” for IDW. Past projects include a commemorative issue of “The Walking Dead”, graphic novels of “Trick R Treat” and “Krampus” based on the films of the same names from Legendary Pictures. Other well-known projects include the “Superman: Man of Steel” movie, and a video game adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s “Thief of Thieves”. Sayger has drawn many other IDW projects including:”The X-Files”, “30-Days of Night,” “Robert Rodriguez’s Machete”, and “Bram Stoker’s Death Ship”.

Toy fans will remember Stuart’s work from a 2-year run drawing the “Bionicle” comic book based on the popular Lego toy line of the same name. The series was translated to 8 different languages and distributed internationally boasting the largest circulation of any comic book in the world!

Victor Dandridge

Writer of The Samaritan, The Trouble w/Love, the Origins Unknown series and the anthology novel, 8 Mins, Victor Dandridge is a leading, new voice for innovation and production within the self-publishing market. He’s found acclaim with his own imprint, Vantage:Inhouse Productions, spearheading the release of more than 10 projects, both in print and digital formats, in it’s first year of publication. Wanting not only to entertain, but also to educate, Victor launched his U Cre-8 Comics line — a unique bridge between comics and classroom fundamentals.

Yuri Duncan

Yuri Duncan spent the first 30 years of his career helping a Fortune 500 company develop and grow their business while nurturing a career as an artist, animator, and designer. His work has appeared in Billboard Magazine, Mann’s Chinese Theater, NUVO and InTake magazines. He recently completed a 15-month effort to complete the self-produced award-winning animated short “The Outcast”.

Get Involved

We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread during Comic Book in a Day by becoming an event sponsor or attending! If you’re into comic books or simply interested in sequential art, we’ve got something for you.

We’re Blushing

“I loved the community aspect of working with other artists. It was great kicking around various ideas with other artists, as well as just watching them create in their own space. The creativity of the environment really helped feed my creativity and artistic energy.”

– Chris Dunn –

Epic Comic Book Prize

You’re invited to the Challenge Artist Awards ceremony on the evening of October 5 to see the sum total of all of the artists’ hard work, celebrate with those who stood up to the challenge, and find out who will take home the official Championship Belt (yes, it’s a real belt with lots of shiny “gold”). Join us for the fun — for free!

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