Nickel Plate Arts is celebrating the 9th year of our annual Comic Book in a Day Challenge! Create a comic book from scratch in just 7.5 hours with the help of our Featured Artists and staff!

Due to the rising Covid-19 case numbers and the Fishers Health Department’s update to Code Red, this event and the workshops preceding it will now take place virtually. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, January 22 from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 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. 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!

Here's what to expect from Comic Book In a Day:

Event Summary: Comic Book in a Day, Sat., January 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Calling all sequential art and superhero fans for our ninth annual comic book event! Admission to this event is FREE! Participation in the Comic Book Challenge costs $25 and requires advance registration. Scholarships are available for anyone who cannot afford the registration fee: just contact us!

  • 2022 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: Two 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
  • Presentations and Awards Ceremony: Each Challenge Artist will present their finished artwork in the last hour of the day. This is always the most fun part of the day! Who will take home cash, art supplies and the all-important championship belt this year?

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The 2022 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!

2022 Schedule of Events- Saturday, January 22

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

9:00 a.m: The Challenge Begins! All of our Challenge Artist will log into Zoom to review the rules and regulations

9:30 a.m: Introductions: Meet each off our Challenge Artists and Featured Artist Coaches Live on Facebook

11:00 a.m.: Challenge Update: The Featured Artist Coaches – Stuart Sayger, Victor Dandridge, Aaron Boggs and Kevin Bixby – will discuss how the Challenge is unfolding and share tips and tricks that may come in handy throughout the day!

12:00 p.m.: Meet Returning Champion Kevin Bixby: We’ll interview Kevin Bixby, our reigning winner, about his experience, what the contestants might be feeling right now, and making mini comics (his speciality!).

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS: 12:30 p.m.: Welcome to Funk World: Meet past Comic Book in a Day competitors turned collaborators. Learn how Yuri Duncan and Jason Funk’s unique partnership came about and a get a peek at their “Funk World” web comic.

1:00 p.m.: Comics are Cute: Former Champion Sarah Butler is an expert in making comics cute. Hear some tricks and tips to make your illustrations extra adorable.

1:30 p.m.: Meet Adam Fields: Join our former Champion as he shares his three favorite tips for bringing illustrations to life with ink and color and talks about his latest professional projects!

2:00 p.m.: Telling Episodic Stories: Ever looked forward to the latest issue of your favorite comic hitting the stands? Sterling Clark breaks down the process of transforming your characters into the stars of their own comic series.

2:30 p.m.: Erik Lundorf’s Expressive Faces: Facial expressions are key to giving your characters emotional depth that moves your story forward. Join Erik Lundorf for a crash course on using facial expressions to further your story.

3:00 p.m.: The Final Countdown: Our Challenge Artists will enter the final hour of the challenge!

4:00 p.m.: The Celebration: Tune in to hear 2-minute presentations from our Challenge Artists. This is always the most fun part of the day, when we get to see the amazing things each person created.

Voting on Facebook: We’ll post everyone’s work in a Facebook album and you can vote for your favorite! The artist who gets the most likes will win the People’s Choice Award!

The Awards Ceremony: Join us Feb 4th during First Friday to learn who won this year’s Challenge. We’ll have a hybrid gathering to share the good news!

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

2022 Workshops-January 13, 18, 20

Gear up for Comic Book In A Day by participating in one of our Creative Warm-Up Workshops in January. You can attend these workshops even if you don’t plan to attend the Challenge. 

Thursday, January 13:
Storyteller extraordinaire Victor Dandridge will take you on a journey that is sure to help you build bigger and better stories. This all-ages workshop will get your creative juices flowing, whether you are 8 or 80!

Tuesday, January 18:
A picture can tell a thousand words, but are they the right words? Acclaimed comic book artist Stuart Sayger will share some tips and tricks for making your comic book layouts and lettering communicate exactly what you want them to. Whether you are a hand-lettering enthusiast, a comic book lover, or someone who is just starting to be curious about graphic design, this workshop is sure to inspire.

Thursday, January 20:
We all loved to color when we were little, but some of us never give it up! Colors can make all the difference to a comic book or other types of graphic art and there is a wide array of approaches to this process. Join in as we explore the world of color and experiment with different media, styles and approaches to using color to tell a story. No artistic skills required: you don’t even have to be able to color inside the lines.


These workshops will be offered in a virtual format. Participants may sign up to attend in-person at the Ignite Studio or online via Zoom. Schedules and formats are subject to change.

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: 2022 Comic Book in a Day Rules & Regulations

Previous Years' Info:
2021 Comic Book in a Day Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 winners:

Best-Overall: Kevin Bixby
People’s Choice: Ella Satterfield
Best Story: Joseph Haas
Best Art: Kenna Al-Sayed
Best Emerging Artist: Ella Satterfield
Most Ambitious: Dexter Tudor
Most Fearless: Eve Eggleston
Most Creative: Thaddeus Shipley
Best Panel/Next Year’s Cover:
Gabrielle Zacherl and Raquel DiGregory
Best Panel/Next Year’s Cover: Angela Spires

Judge’s Favorites:
Stuart Sayger: Mia Noel
Victor Dandridge: Kelsey Simpson
Yuri Duncan: Jason Funk
Sarah Butler: Albert Cheung

These stories will be published in a printed book that will be available at Nickel Plate Arts for $15 by Jan 22nd, 2022. In the meantime, you can view challenge artist pages by clicking here.

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



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 2022

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.

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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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.