Overview

Nickel Plate Arts is celebrating the 6th year of our annual Comic Book in a Day Challenge! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m.–9:00 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, including 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.

2019 Details

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. 5, from 9:00 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 $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 “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!
    • 2019 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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2019 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!):

Comic Book in a Day
Saturday, Oct 5th 9 am – 9 pm

Comic Book in a Day is BACK! Join Ignite and Nickel Plate Arts as we challenge artists of all ages and skill levels to create comic books from SCRATCH in 12 hours. There are four ways for you to get in on all the action:
1). Join the Comic Book Challenge to create a comic book in 12 hours and compete for prizes by registering at nickelplatearts.org.
2). Drop by Ignite throughout the day to meet the artists, see their work, learn about comics, and connect with other comic-book-lovers.
3). Participate in one of the many hands-on crafts and activities coordinated by Ignite staff throughout the day
4). Bring your aspiring young superheroes to Superhero University, our drop-in workshop for young children to flex their super skills

Features of this event will include:
The Comic Book Challenge: Join other artists of all ages and skill levels in a one-of-a-kind competition. Your mission: create a comic book from scratch in 12 hours. Professional artists will be on hand to advise and inspire you. Prizes will include cash, art supplies, art, comics, and more. For complete rules and to register, visit nickelplatearts.org
Superhero University: Aspiring young superheroes are invited to test their super skills with us. Drop in between 10 am and 12 pm to see how you stack up. [your staff probably want to tweak or add specifics here]
Comic-themed hands-on activities: Ignite staff will feature projects inspired by Comic Book in a Day throughout the day
Comic Art: Enjoy an exhibit of art inspired by comics or made by comic art professionals, as well as a display of all of the art made during the Comic Book Challenge. Many of the artists joining us for the event will have art for sale.
Artist-led Workshops: Throughout the day, our Featured Artists will take a break from their projects to share their expertise with you!
1pm: Master raconteur Victor Dandridge will guide you through the process of story development: how do you grab your audience and keep them on the edge of their seat? How do you create memorable characters that can drive the action? Victor will show you during this engaging, unique, participatory workshop for all ages!
2 pm: Our Featured Artist knows how to make his character look super, and he can help you, too! Follow along as he demonstrates techniques for making your comics pop.
3 pm: Are you curious about how comic books are made? Come meet our featured artists and learn more about the secrets of comic books and graphic novels! The exact details of this workshop will evolve as our program develops, but you can be sure that you’ll learn something new and get inspired.
4 pm: Are you curious about how comic books are made? Come meet our featured artists and learn more about the secrets of comic books and graphic novels! The exact details of this workshop will evolve as our program develops, but you can be sure that you’ll learn something new and get inspired.
5 pm: Are you curious about how comic books are made? Come meet our featured artists and learn more about the secrets of comic books and graphic novels! The exact details of this workshop will evolve as our program develops, but you can be sure that you’ll learn something new and get inspired.
6 pm: Are you curious about how comic books are made? Come meet our featured artists and learn more about the secrets of comic books and graphic novels! The exact details of this workshop will evolve as our program develops, but you can be sure that you’ll learn something new and get inspired.
The Closing Ceremonies: The Comic Book Challenge will wrap up around 8 pm and 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!
And more! We’ll add more features as the event evolves. Be sure to check back for the latest details.MORE SPECIAL CONTENT AND ACTIVITIES ARE IN DEVELOPMENT! Check back often for the latest details or follow us on Facebook!

Previous Winners

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.

Comic Book in a Day 2019 will feature special guest artists Mike DeCarlo and Sterling Clark.

 

Mike DeCarlo

 

Sterling Clark

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!

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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You know the value of a picture, so instead of reading 1,000 words, check out photos from past Comic Book in a Day events.