Overview

Nickel Plate Arts’ fourth annual Comic Book in a Day event is back with expanded attractions, more artwork for sale, and more activities for artists, comic book fans, adults and kids. Mark your calendar for October 7, 2017, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Check out event features below.

2017 Details

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!

Event Summary: Comic Book in a Day, Sat., Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Calling all sequential art and superhero fans for our fourth annual comic book event! Admission to this event is FREE! Participation in related activities costs $5/person.

  • 2017 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.
  • 2017 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?
  • 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! One-hour sessions will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Cost is just $5 for NPArts members/$10 for non-members. See below for more information. Click here to register!
  • And More!: Create hands-on comic book-inspired crafts ($5), take home free comic books, purchase comic book artwork and prints, get autographs from artists, and more!

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2017 Comic Book Challenge and Awards

2017 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 9 p.m. on Oct. 7th. Registration (see “Artists: Register Here” on this page) and a $20 fee are required to be a Challenge Artist.

2017 Comic Book Challenge Awards — At 9 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!

Artists: 2017 Comic Book Challenge is SOLD OUT

2017 spots are SOLD OUT – consider joining us in 2018!

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. 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 might learn a thing or two!

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 previous work, characters

Click here to read the rules and regulations!

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

Just for Kids: Superhero University

Superhero University is back for a second year with NEW superheroes, challenges, games, and crafts! 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!

Reserve your spot for Superhero University. Cost is just $5 for NPArts members/$10 for non-members. Members must call to register with the discount: 317-452-3690. (Become a member today to receive your discount.) See below for registration info:

Register here for one of three sessions:

11am-12pm

1-2pm

3-4pm

Only 20 superheroes-in-training per session. Costumes are encouraged!

Superhero University will begin at Nickel Plate Arts (107 S. 8th Street, Noblesville) and then head to our Top-Secret Superhero Headquarters (only a block away)! Parents are required to stay on site with their child during the program or participate. Parents are the ultimate superheroes in our eyes, so we encourage parents to sign-up and participate with their child. Grab a cape and join the fun!

Don’t forget to stop by Nickel Plate Arts’ campus before and after your session for hands-on comic book crafts, free comic books, and more!

Questions? Contact Us: 317-452-3690 or email us.

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2016 Comic Book in a Day - Publication Release Party: May 21, 2017, 12-2 p.m.

The wait is finally over!  Our latest edition of Comic Book in Day is finally here, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Join us for a comic book-themed outdoor party held in conjunction with the painting of a downtown Noblesville crosswalk – a public art project spearheaded by Nickel Plate Arts and one of our very own comic book artists, Noah Laramore.

Our Comic Book in a Day Release Party will celebrate our recent publication, with food, drinks, and contributing artists on hand. Check out the 2016 edition of our Comic Book in a Day publication, with original artwork and stories created by professional and amateur comic book artists over the course of 12 hours during our annual Comic Book in a Day event last October. Meet some of the artists that created the original artwork for the 2016 edition of Comic Book in a Day, and get your copies of the books signed!

The 2016 Comic Book in a Day Publication Release Party will take place in Downtown Noblesville at the corner of 9th and Maple Streets near Caravan Classes (98 S. 9th Street, Noblesville, Indiana, 46060).

Family, friends, and fans! To reserve your copies in advance, visit our online shop here.

Contributing comic book artists include:

FEATURED ARTISTS:

  • Stuart Sayger
  • Jackie Crofts
  • Sterling Clark
  • Gavin Smith

CHALLENGE ARTISTS:

  • Ron Braun
  • Mike Trent
  • Beth Zyglowicz
  • Charles Jordan
  • Noah Laramore
  • Kathryn A Silver
  • Brittany (brat) Conway
  • Joan Seig
  • Andie Zelaya
  • Adam Fields
  • Miranda Luttrell
  • Katherine “Kez” Laczin
  • Kenna Al-Sayed

2016 Details

Event Summary: Comic Book in a Day

Calling all sequential art and superhero fans for our third annual comic book event! Admission to this event is FREE!

  • 2016 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 or participate! (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • 2016 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? (8:30 p.m.)
  • 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. (10 a.m.-9 p.m.)
  • Just for Kids: Superhero University: Your young superhero in training can earn his or her official certification during Superhero University. Cost is just $5 for NPArts members/$10 for non-members.
  • More Fun Activities: Superhero face painting with local artist, Jan Snyder (12-4 p.m.). Superhero origin stories, superpower bracelets, and more crafts with the Hamilton East Public Library (2-4 p.m.). 1st Maker Space Global Cardboard Challenge designing & creating superhero actionware (11 a.m.-6 p.m.).
  • Event Sponsor Meyer Najem Construction: Thank you for your support.

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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!

Artists: Register Here for Comic Book 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. 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 might learn a thing or two!

Are you up for the challenge? To sign-up as a Challenge Artist, please register and pay your $20 registration fee online by clicking here (or call us to pay over the phone: 317-452-3690). Your registration fee will pay for food and drinks throughout the day. Register by midnight Sept. 29.

Click here to read the rules and regulations!

If you have any issues registering or have any questions, please contact Kavita. We look forward to an awesome Comic Book in a Day event this year!

(Challenge Artists are also invited to submit their artwork to our September exhibit: Heroes and Horrors. More info here.)

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.

Just for Kids: Superhero University & More

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!

Reserve your spot for Superhero University. Cost is just $5 for NPArts members/$10 for non-members. Members must call to register with the discount: 317-452-3690. (Become a member today to receive your discount.) See below for registration info:

Register here for one of four sessions:

11am-12pm

1-2pm

3-4pm

5-6pm

Only 15 superheroes-in-training per session. Costumes are encouraged!

Superhero University will begin at Nickel Plate Arts (107 S. 8th Street, Noblesville) and then head to our Top-Secret Superhero Headquarters! Parents are required to stay on site with their child during the program or participate. Parents are the ultimate superheroes in our eyes, so we encourage parents to sign-up and participate with their child. Grab a cape and join the fun

More Fun Activities for Super Kids: 

  • Superhero face painting with local artist, Jan Snyder (12-4 p.m.).
  • Superhero origin stories, superpower bracelets, and more crafts with the Hamilton East Public Library (2-4 p.m.).
  • 1st Maker Space Global Cardboard Challenge making superhero shields and arm cuffs to complete your superhero costume (11 a.m.-6 p.m.).

 

Questions? Contact Kavita.

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Event Sponsor Meyer Najem

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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. 7 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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Our 2017 Sponsor for Comic Book in a Day is Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf!

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Special thanks to the 2016 Comic Book in a Day Event Sponsor: Meyer Najem!

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