Overview

Nickel Plate Arts is celebrating the 8th year of our annual Comic Book in a Day Challenge! Create a comic book from scratch in just 8 hours with the help of our Featured Artists and staff!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. as a virtual event via Zoom. Our Featured Artists will be creating along side you all day and will be available for questions and coaching.  We are excited to partner once again with Hamilton East Public Library for this event: they will be provide all of the tech support! Mark your calendar! Check out the event features below.

Ready to sign up for the Challenge now?  Click here!

You can also sign up for a free one-hour workshop (links coming soon) or follow along with the challenge on our Facebook page!

Event Summary: Comic Book in a Day, Sat., January 23rd, 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.

  • 2021 Comic Book Challenge: Participating Challenge Artists will create their own comic book over the course of one action-packed day.  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 support our Challenge Artists, but providing expert advice, demonstrations, and stories from he comic book industry. They will be creating artwork throughout the day and will serve as judges for the Comic Book Challenge. They will also host free workshops in the days leading up to the Challenge! See below for more details on these workshops
  • 2021 Comic Book Challenge Presentations: Each Challenge Artist will present their finished artwork int he last hour of the day. This is always the most fun part of the day!
  • The Awards Ceremony: We will hold a virtual awards ceremony a few days after the event (date forthcoming)! Tune in on our Facebook. Who will take home cash, art supplies and the all-important championship belt this year?

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The 2021 Challenge

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

Showcase your drawing skills, on 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.

Check out all of the Rules & Regulations: 2021 Comic Book in a Day Rules & Regulations

Ready to sign up for the challenge?  CLICK HERE.

You can also follow along with the Challenge Artists’ progress by tuning into our Facebook Page.  The Schedule of Events appears below!

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

2021 Schedule of Events- Saturday, January 23

Follow along with the Challenge Artists’ progress by tuning into our Facebook Page.  Here’s our schedule of events for the day:

9:00 am: The Challenge Begins! Meet all of our Artists and get a review of the plans for the day!

10:30 am: We’ll check in on the Challenge and share any finished artwork!

Time TBD: Check in with our Returning Champion

2:00 pm (tentative): The State Of Comics: A panel discussion.

4:00 pm: The Challenge Ends! Each Challenge Artist will present their work, tell their story, and celebrate! Our Featured Artists will share insights and remind everyone to tune into the Awards Ceremony on September 4th at 6 pm.

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

2021 Workshops-January 19-21

If you want to prep for your Comic Book in a Day experience, or if you are just curious about learning more about comics and comic art, check out these VIRTUAL workshops hosted by Ignite Studio at Hamilton East Public Library:

Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m.:
Lettering tips and tricks with Stuart Sayger
via Zoom
Free
Stuart Sayger is an internationally-known comic book artist who has worked on dozens of high-profile publications, including Lego: Bionicle  and Kiss Zombies. He broke into the industry by writing and drawing his own comic Shiver In The Dark in 2001. On that project, one of his biggest challenges was lettering: where should the text go? Which fonts are best? When should you create the text by hand and when should you type it?  Stuart will address these questions and many more! This session will be a great opportunity for seasoned comic artists and newbies alike, as well as anyone with an interest in lettering projects!

(registration link coming soon)

Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.:
Yuri Duncan Presents: How to Get Unstuck – Working through creative blocks in comics (and other types of art!)
via Zoom
Free
Yuri Duncan has loved comics and comic art his entire life. He nurtured his creative life as an artist, even while working for a Fortune 500 company, and now has devoted his career to artwork, animation, and other comics-inspired ventures. He has encountered many creative blocks during his career and has developed some great strategies for how to get unstuck when you don’t know where to head next! This session will be a great opportunity for comic artists AND artists of all kinds and experience-levels.

(registration link coming soon)

Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m.:
A Comics-Themed Creative Warm-Up with Victor Dandridge
via Zoom
Free

Victor Dandridge is an accomplished and energetic writer, storyteller and comics creator.  He knows how to find great inspiration in comics and how to use the basics of comics art to get your creative juices flowing!  Join Victor to get ready for your Comic Book in a Day project, or just to get some creative tips & tricks that you can apply to any kind of artwork. This session will be a great opportunity for comic artists AND artists of all kinds and experience-levels.

(registration link coming soon)

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: 2021 Comic Book in a Day Rules & Regulations

Previous Years' Info:
2020 Comic Book in a Day Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 winners:

Best-Overall: Sarah Butler – “I Wish I Could Have a Kitten”
People’s Choice: Carson Springer & Ethan Leunemannn – “Attack of the 50’ Taco”
Best Story: Greg Clack – “Paradise Tales”
Best Art: Sarah Butler – “I Wish I Could Have a Kitten”
Best Emerging Artist: Kevin Bixby – “Uni-Bro”
Most Ambitious: Meghan Snyder – “The Sacrifice”
Most Innovative: Jason Funk – “The Hatmaker”
Best page: Savannah Lawson – “Broken”
Best Panel/Next Year’s Cover: Joseph Haas
Best Panel/Next Year’s Cover: Carson Springer & Ethan Leunemannn
Honorable Mention (The ‘Do Something that Terrifies You’ award): Angela Spires – “One of a Kind”

These stories will be published in a printed book that will be available at Nickel Plate Arts for $15 by Jan 15th, 2021.

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.

Previous Winners

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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 create the self-produced award-winning animated short “The Outcast” based on his 2017 Comic Book in a Day submission!  Yuri’s latest creative project is The Far-Out Mind Warp Variety Show on YouTube.

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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