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 activities for families and kids, artwork for sale, and workshops 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.

This years rules and regulations: 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 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.

Before you commit to the Challenge, feel free to reviw the rules & regulations: 2019 Comic Book in a Day Rules & Regulations

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 workshops throughout the day. Check back here for more information and times to be posted soon!
    • Just for Kids: Super Hero University: Your young super hero in training can earn his or her official certification during Super Hero 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 super hero status. This is a chance for your super hero 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

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

10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Superhero University
Join Ignite Studio during Comic Book in a Day for a special Superhero University program for young children. Make superhero accessories, test your x-ray vision, and snap a photo of yourself soaring above a city skyline. Participants who complete all elements will earn an official Superhero ID card.

1:00—4:00 p.m.
Sewing F.A.Boo!
Working on your Halloween costume and have questions?  Ask Maker in Residence and local costume designer Brittany Kugler!

1:00 p.m.
Kenna Al-Sayed Presents – Getting Started: How do you take an idea and turn it into art on the page?

Artist Kenna Al-Sayed is known for her gorgeous, highly detailed drawings and paintings of horses and other domesticated animals, but for Comic Book in a Day, she has taught herself an entirely different style and approach to art. In this interactive workshop, Kenna will walk through ways to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper.

2:00 p.m.
Mike DeCarlo Presents – A Career in Comics: From DC & Marvel to Disney & The Simpsons

Artist Mike DeCarlo has a comics career that spans more than three decades. Draw along with Mike as he shares some tips and tricks, as well as stories, from his award-winning career!

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Ignite Drop-In Activity – Draw Your Own Comic!

Drop into Ignite Studio to create some comic book art.  Using our templates and tools, bring your graphic stories to life! Instruction and supplies are provided.

3:00 p.m.
Yuri Duncan Presents – Exploring the Intersection of Comics and Video

As we’ve seen in recent movies like Into the Spiderverse, the universes of comics and video are becoming increasingly intertwined. Learn from Yuri as he discusses this trend and how he created an award-winning short animated comic film.

4:00 p.m.
Sterling Clark Presents – How To Draw Marvelous Superheroes

Draw along with Sterling as he shares tips and tricks for making your characters look like they’re ready to leap off the page. Sterling’s work on characters, stories and artwork has led him to a career as a sought-after, prolific, professional comic artist.

8:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies
The Comic Book Challenge will wrap up around 8:00 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!

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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.

Featured Artists for 2019

Mike DeCarlo

Mike DeCarlo is an American comics artist with an extensive career both pencilling and inking. Mike’s work for DC Comics in the 1980s was primarily inking with extensive runs on such titles as: Batman, Tales of the Teen Titans, and Legion of Superheroes.

DeCarlo has worked on such diverse titles as Atari Force, Cartoon Network Block Party, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Fantastic Four, and Simpsons Comics as well as adaptations of the Warner Bros. stable of cartoons including Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and Superman & Bugs Bunny.


Sterling Clark

After working as an editorial cartoonist for the United States Air Force, Sterling Clark produced his first professional comic book in 1991 called The Renegade for underground publisher Rip-Off Press. In 1993 Sterling produced two more books, The Omar Lennyx Files: Blood Seekers and The Renegade: Night Slayer, the latter featuring the character Carl Kolchak from the Night Stalker TV series. Since then, his work has appeared in Tim Vigil’s Raw Media magazines, Jeff Rice’s 20th anniversary edition of The Night Stalker, Big Bang Comics and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, as well as numerous media magazines and fan periodicals. He has won various awards for his art showcases, most notably the 1992 California Art Expo’s Award of Excellence. Currently, his work can be seen in the pages of Richard Matheson’s Kolchak Scripts from Gauntlet Press, edited by Mark Dawidziak. Sterling lives with his wife and their children in Northern Indiana.

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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Our 2019 Sponsor for Comic Book in a Day is Comics Elite!

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