Dare2Draw, formerly known as Big City Drink and Draw, has its roots in one of New York City’s oldest comic book shops, Backdate Magazine, also known as Manhattan Comics and Cards, or Backdate, located in the Historic Chelsea Hotel, circa the 1980’s.
The Dare2Draw program, founded in late 2009 by Charles D. Chenet, is the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping new and aspiring comic book creators, writers and artists develop.
Dare2Draw: providing networking, mentoring & promoting opportunities, for cartoonists of all levels, encouraging good health & business practices; monthly, professionals, hopeful artists & fans draw together & participate in Quick Draw Contests, w/art by pros donated to raise funds for artists in need.
The Dare2Draw provides a mentoring environment, with art demos, live model instruction, Quick Draw Contests and prizes provided by sponsors. At the Dare2Draw events, seasoned professionals present lectures, demonstrations and Q&A’s, on all aspects of sequential art, from ‘acting’ for the comic book panels, to breaking down a script, figure drawing, anatomy, painting, gesture drawings and using different drawing techniques and mediums.
Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization
The Dare2Draw is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating mentoring and networking opportunities for cartoonists of all levels, cultivating awareness of, and appreciation for the study of the sequential arts and the furthering and preserving of the medium’s contribution to literacy, art and culture, through outreach programs, events and projects.
Dare2Draw is a non-profit organization, where established artists and arts organizations meet in a supportive setting.
The organization was operating since 2009 and received its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designation, in December 2015, having previously worked under the fiscal sponsorship umbrella of another organization.