Comic in a Day

creating issue-based contemporary art in just 24-hours


We will also feature a selection of gourmet dogs from New Brunswick's own neighborhood eatery and watering hole Destination Dogs.

We will also feature a selection of gourmet dogs from New Brunswick's own neighborhood eatery and watering hole Destination Dogs.

november 22, 2015–Public Showcase: 6-8 pm

Join us for a special gallery exhibition and reading of the completed comic books.

You will get a chance to check out the work and vote for your favorite!

Court Tavern, 124 Church Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Tickets available in advance for $10 and at the door for $12.


THis event Presented With Special Support by:

Comic Sanctuary

One Stop Shop For All Your Comic Needs





Team 1: Carl Schulz / Christina Figueroa

Team 2: Vivian Aladren / Riley Stein

Team 3: Ryan Smith / James English

Team 4: Adam Uzialko / Doug Rizio


Rufus Dayglo (comic artist, Tank Girl)

Jackie Fellin (co-owner, Comic Sanctuary)

Erin Hawley

What is it?

Comic in a Day is a new competition held by coLAB Arts where artistic teams of illustrators and writers work together to create a standard American size comic book of 24 pages, all within the span of 24 hours. The entrants’ comics will be read live by a group of actors at a showcase that will close the event, and adjudicated by a panel of judges from the industry and community. The winning comic book will receive a first place prize and online distribution.

Why are we doing it?

Comic books are more than entertainment. They are modern day mythology and are able to respond immediately to contemporary social issues. However, readers and creators have all acknowledged that comic book publishers can do better at projecting strong female characters and themes. This event is a platform to create and celebrate works that do.

For October - December, coLAB Arts is focusing on programs that spotlight conversations on women in society and the media, under the theme "#LikeAGirl" (You can check out the inspiration for this title here).

There is only one rule for participants. Writer/Illustrator teams have to create a story that features a strong female lead and embodies positive female themes. Illustrators will have to work by hand, which means computers and mobile devices will only be allowed for research and writing.



how the whole thing works

Saturday, November 21, 2015

10:00 am: Artist Orientation and initial brainstorming. 

12:00 pm:  The four teams will convene at the workspace, where they will create the comic books.  They will have 24 hours to complete their work

Sunday, November 22, 2015

12:00 pm:  A hard stop will be enacted. All work must be finished at this time, no matter what state it’s in.

Event Showcase:

6:00 pm: The showcase event will be at 6 pm.  Here, all the comic books will be displayed both on overhead projector and as a hanging exhibit. The event will culminate in a staged reading of the book by an ensemble of actors.  Judges will announce winners and prizes.

Become an Event Sponsor

coLAB Arts is proud of its role in the community as a nonprofit organization, and we achieve our mission by promoting local artists while engaging the community in productive dialogue. Our organization offers different types of artistic programming, such as theater, dance, film, and literature on a monthly basis, much of which is free to the general public. All proceeds and donations from this event go to support both coLAB Arts programming as well as partner social advocacy organizations. Check out our YOU page to find out how you can be more involved.

One important aspect of our community engagement is building relationships with local businesses in the greater New Brunswick area who have a positive effect on the neighborhoods as much as other community based and political organizations.

Please consider sponsoring the event in any capacity. We will be able to promote you across all of our social media and email distribution, as well as at our summer events leading up to the November 22 showcase. We will also be able to include you on all print and graphic promotion for the Comic Book Day event.