You can bet your sweet word bubbles creativity will be on full display Saturday when 10 local illustrators and comic book creators vie for a chance to carry out their graphic novels from concept to completion. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Comic Book in a Day contest at Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville will give the selected artists a chance to tell their "incredible origin stories," while fans of the genre witness the process and pick up pointers along the way.
Because it is a family event, the artists can cover whatever story their hearts desire as long as it remains Rated G -- no extreme violence or content unsuitable for young audiences. Prizes include gift certificates for Comic Carnival and various art supply stores.
You also can participate in a Day in the Life of Noblesville collaborative comic activity, for $5 that lets you draw your own comic panel that will be included in Nickel Plate's own comic book, to be produced into a book and online at the end of the challenge.
Along with the 10 challengers, three featured artists will be on hand at the free event. They are Stuart Sayger, creator of Shiver in the Dark, Gavin Smith, artist for Human City and Jackie Crofts, co-creator of Nutmeg. For more information, visit the website.
One local comic book creator and illustrator, Yuri Duncan, says his approach to the 11-hour contest will look something like this:
1. Come up with the idea.
2. Sketch out "thumbnails" - a small version of the comic that no one will understand but me, since I'll be drawing and making notes in my own shorthand.
3. Write out the specific dialog.
4. Draw the individual panels on large sheets of Bristol board.
5. Create the space where the letters go.
6. Start the lettering process, including dialog "word balloons," captions and special sound effects.
7. Pencil in the actual artwork in non-photo blue.
8. Apply final inks over the pencil drawings, using a range of inking tools.
9. Collapse. YIKES!