Overview

Nickel Plate Arts is celebrating the 5th year of our annual Comic Book in a Day Challenge by bringing the event to a new home! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Ignite Studio at the Fishers Library!  This year’s event will feature the best that Nickel Plate Arts AND Ignite have to offer, included expanded activities for families and kids, more artwork for sale, and more activities for artists and comic book fans of all ages. Mark your calendar! Check out event features below.

2018 Details

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.

Artists: Sign up for the Challenge!

Calling comic book artists of all skill levels! Become a Challenge Artist, and create a comic book from scratch in just 12 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!

Nickel Plate Arts will provide materials, but artists are welcome to bring additional materials if they wish. All work must be new and created on site during the event; no working ahead or using previously created characters or scenarios allowed.

Click here to read the rules and 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 12 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.

If you would like to review the Rules & Regulations before you commit to the Challenge, CLICK HERE.

Event Summary: Comic Book in a Day, Sat., Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ignite!

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 $20 and requires advance registration.

  • 2018 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 $20! 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 “how to draw” sessions throughout the day. Check back here for more information and times to be posted soon!
  • Just for Kids: Superhero University: Your young superhero in training can earn his or her official certification during Superhero University, a dynamic gathering of Super Experts who, through fun activities, will put young heroes through their paces and, if they prove worthy, will grant them official superhero status. This is a chance for your superhero fan to dress up, meet other aspiring heroes, learn some heroic tips and tricks, and enjoy comics-inspired treats and prizes. Let’s hope no villains show up to crash the party! Details on this years’ event and how to register are coming soon: contact us at info@nickelplatearts.org if you want to be added to the registration list!
  • 2018 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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2018 Schedule of Events

Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of Comic Book in a Day (note: this schedule may grow or change as we get closer to the event – check back for updates!):

9 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.: The Comic Book in a Day Challenge: Up to 20 artists will each be creating comic books from scratch all day long.  Stop in throughout the day to see their progress, which will be displayed throughout the Ignite Studio.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Jamie Follis Presents: Superhero Sculpting: An award-winning sculptor and HSE High School Teacher, Mr. Follis will bring some of his best examples of clay sculptures and share tips.

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Superhero University: A chance for young, aspiring heroes to flex their super muscles and test their abilities, this is a fun drop-in program that includes crafts, challenges and surprises!

Mid-Morning – Live Update From the New York Comic Con: Veteran Challenge Artist Katie Silver couldn’t be with us this year because she has a table at the New York Comic Con! She’ll be chatting with us live online about her experience!

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Will Jones Presents: 3-d Printing Your Own Heroes –  Maker Will Jones is a stickler for detail. He was frustrated that some of his favorite toys didn’t match up with their comic book counterparts, so he decided to print his own versions! See how he creates his art and and get tips for creating your own 3-d masterpieces.

12 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Hands-on Art Activities: It’s impossible to be around all this creativity and NOT want to try this yourself!  Ignite staff will be facilitating a rotating schedule of FREE hands-on activities throughout the day. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • 12-2 p.m. – Make Your Own Superhero Cuffs
  • 2-4 p.m. – Make Your Own Superhero Mask
  • 4-6 p.m. – X-Ray Vision Challenge
  • 6-8 p.m. – Feats of Strength!

1:30-2 p.m. – Featured Artist Victor Dandridge Presents the Raconteur’s Challenge: Design your own character from start to finish!  Establish powers, design costume ideas, craft an origin story and more!  The PERFECT tool to jumpstart YOUR comic universe.

2 – 2:30 p.m. – Returning Champion Artist Adam Fields Presents: Draw a Headshot & Make it Look Like ANY Superhero: Adam is an expert at capturing that special something that makes each hero and villain so special. Draw with him and learn his secrets!

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Featured Artist Sterling Clark Presents: Drawing Superheroes: Sterling Clark has drawn them all and now he’ll help you learn what details will make your heroes look especially super.

3 – 3:30 p.m. Featured Artist Stuart Sayger Presents: Creating Great Comics Pages Step-by-Step: All comics pages are not created equal! Some use layout and design tricks more effectively than others. If you are curious about what it takes to make an especially effective page of a comic book, Stuart will share great tips & tricks!

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Jamie Follis Presents: Superhero Sculpting Workshop: Drop in to learn hands-on techniques for sculpting the way the pros like Jamie do! To see an example of Jamie’s work, click here.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Artist Aili McGill Presents: Drawing with Expression: Excitement, joy, fear, anger, anguish: how do you get your characters to look the way they are supposed to feel? Ms. McGill will guide you through an emotional rollercoaster and provide tips for helping your characters show their true feelings.

8:30 – Awards: Each participating artist will share what they accomplished and talk through their stories.  Then, join us as we gather for refreshments and Q&As with our Challenge Artists as our Judges deliberate! The awards ceremony will begin when the judges have made their final decisions  around 9 p.m. . . . unless they just can’t choose a winner . . . ! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet all of the participating artists, marvel at all the artworks that was made during the day, and celebrate our love for comics & sequential art!

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Previous Years In Review

2017 Schedule of events

Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of Comic Book in a Day (note: this schedule may grow or change as we get closer to the event – check back for updates!):

10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.: The Comic Book in a Day Challenge: Up to 15 artists will each be creating comic books from scratch all day long.  Stop in throughout the day to see their progress!

10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Art Lab Activities: It’s impossible to be around all this creativity and NOT want to try this yourself!  In our Art Lab, you can channel that creative energy!  Create your own comic panels, hammer out your own Superhero String Art project, make a wallet out of comics & tape, or build your own Superhero accessories out of cardboard. Most projects cost $5 to cover supplies, but some will be FREE!

11 a.m – Superhero University: A chance for young, aspiring heroes to flex their super muscles and test their abilities, this is a fun, hour-long program that includes crafts, snacks and surprises! Preregistration requited: click here.

12 p.m. – Learn to Draw with Featured Artist Stuart Sayger: Drawing has been part of Stuart’s daily life since he was old enough to hold a pencil! Don’t miss this chance to learn how to draw one of Stuart’s favorite characters. This family-friendly art lesson will last up to an hour. 

1 p.m. – Superhero University: A chance for young, aspiring heroes to flex their super muscles and test their abilities, this is a fun, hour-long program that includes crafts, snacks and surprises! Preregistration requited: click here.

2 p.m – Learn to Draw with Featured Artist Jackie Crofts: Jackie is a master of drawing by hand AND digitally. She will teach you how to draw one of her favorite creatures! This family-friendly art lesson will last up to an hour. 

3 p.m. – Superhero University: A chance for young, aspiring heroes to flex their super muscles and test their abilities, this is a fun, hour-long program that includes crafts, snacks and surprises! Preregistration requited: click here.

4 p.m.: Learn to Draw: One of our Featured Artists will teach you how to draw one of their favorite creatures! This family-friendly art lesson will last up to an hour.

6 p.m.: Featured Artist Stuart Sayger presents “Collecting Comic Art”: Stuart will share insights into the world of collecting original comic art.  This presentation is sure to be filled with interesting tidbits and funny stories! Great for experts and newbies alike!

7 p.m.: Jackie Croft’s presents “A Career in Comics”: Jackie has made a career for herself in an industry that in notoriously tough to break into. This presentation will be great for anyone who is interested in pursuing work in the comic and graphic novel industry!

8-8:30 p.m.: The Final Countdown!: Our Comic Book in a Day Challenge ends at 8:30.  Who will be panicked?  Who finished with plenty of time to spare?  Who’s just relieved that they made it through?!

8:30: AfterParty and Awards: Each participating artist will share what they accomplished and talk through their stories.  Then, join us as we gather for refreshments and Q&As with our Challenge Artists as our Judges deliberate! The awards ceremony will begin when the judges have made their final decisions  around 9 p.m. . . . unless they just can’t choose a winner . . . ! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet all of the participating artists, marvel at all the artworks that was made during the day, and celebrate our love for comics & sequential art!

2016 Comic Book Challenge & Awards

2016 Comic Book Challenge — If you’re a comic book fan, you might be familiar with the 24-hour concept founded by comic book artist and scholar Scott McCloud. McCloud’s event encourages artists to spend an entire day making a comic book, with a goal of creating one page per hour. Nickel Plate Arts’ version will take place over the course of 12 hours, and we’re encouraging participating Challenge Artists of all ages and skill levels to complete about six pages of sequential art during that time. Finished work will be judged at the end of the event, with an awards ceremony around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 1. Registration (see “Artists: Register Here” on this page) and a $20 fee are required to be a Challenge Artist.

2016 Comic Book Challenge Awards — At 8:30 p.m., following the close of the Comic Book Challenge, each artist will have the chance to talk about their artwork, the judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced! Who will take home the championship belt this year? This will be a fun, celebratory party and you’re invited!

Featured Comic Book Artists

Four 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. Our four Featured Artists will be:

Sterling Clark: NEW THIS YEAR! Indiana native Sterling Clark, who is a regular at comic shows throughout the Midwest, is joining us this year. His classic comic book style is sure to please even the toughest comic critics!

Stuart Sayger: Creator of Shiver in the Dark, the always-engaging Stuart Sayger is known for Lego’s Bionicle comic book, among many other popular titles. Most recently, Stuart has published special-edition covers of Micronauts and Rom, and has more exciting projects due out in 2016.

Gavin Smith: Creator of Human City, Gavin currently is the artist for the series Accelerators and tours the country participating in comic book conventions of all kinds.

Jackie Crofts: A mild-mannered developer for the game company Bottom Line Performance by day, Jackie Crofts is also a powerhouse artist, currently drawing the comic Nutmeg.

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 Oct. 6 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!

Visit our calendar to find and register for the event you want to attend.

Our 2018 Sponsor for Comic Book in a Day is Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf!

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Drawing Supplies and Prizes have been provided by:

Prizes and free comic books have been provided by:

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