They did it last year, and had some success (I’ve only heard rumors… B&N doesn’t give out attendance figures), so Barnes & Noble once again are hosting “Get Pop-Cultured”, a month-long series of pop culture events turning your local B&N into a mini comic con!
The landing page is here, but let’s make a nice calendar, so you’ll know when to line up when for what. (Like any good comic con, there’s a Starbucks, pretzels, and the restrooms will probably have a line.) If you’d like to download an event, find your friendly neighborhood B&N by using this link. You’ll be able to download each item to your favorite calendar app.
Like last year, B&N is anchoring the month-long event to Comic-Con International, using the media buzz to ignite
So, what’s the cool stuff? Vinyl. Exclusives. Strict-on-sale dates for Dr. Seuss and Harper Lee! Freebies. In addition to the events, there will also be lots of merchandising going on in the store, so check those displays! (And something new and exciting in the graphic novel aisle!)
This July, join us in stores for a monthlong celebration of pop culture!
All month: Throwback Thursdays
Join us every Thursday for a nostalgic journey as we relive the most iconic moments in pop culture from the 1950s through the 1990s. Come explore the dynamic influence that books, toys, games, music, movies, TV, and fashion had on society. On July 2, it’s a throwback to the 1950s; on July 9, it’s the 1960s; we’ll celebrate the 1970s on July 16, the 1980s on July 23, and the 1990s on July 30.
July 3–5: Time Travel Weekend
On July 3 at 7pm, we’re celebrating Doctor Who! Enjoy trivia, giveaways, a special offer, and more. Come dressed as your favorite character and join the fun. On July 4 at 10am, we’re traveling back millions of years with Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark. Young paleontologists are invited to explore the age of dinosaurs with fun activities, giveaways, and a special offer. On July 5 at 2pm, be transported to the intriguing world of Outlander with trivia, giveaways, and more.
July 8–12: DC Comics™ Days
Come in for a special offer on all DC Comics graphic novels and get a free “Young Gotham” comic collection and poster while supplies last. Also enjoy other giveaways and activities. Cosplay is welcomed!
July 9–12: Comic Convention Collectibles
While supplies last, pick up shared exclusive collectibles from Diamond Select Toys, Funko, and Titans.
July 13 and 14: Harper Lee Celebration
On July 13, all stores nationwide will read To Kill a Mockingbird from start to finish. The read-a-thon will feature a variety of special guest readers, including authors and local celebrities. On July 14, Go Set a Watchman goes on sale! Visit our Cafe stores from 7am to 10am and get a free tall coffee with your purchase of Go Set a Watchman. Plus, the first 20 customers to buy the book will receive a free exclusive To Kill a Mockingbird reusable tote.
July 17, 7pm: Minions Fun
“Bello!” (That’s how Minions say, “Hello!”) Sign up now for our Minions Fun event. Become a certified Minion and attend Villain-Con in our stores to help search for the most despicable villain to follow. Activities and giveaways round out the fun. Contact your local store to sign up.
July 18: Star Wars™ Saturday
Fans of all ages join us for exclusive products, activities, cosplay, trivia, and a chance to win a Star Wars character standee (no purchase necessary. Must be 13 or older). See a bookseller for complete details.
July 19: Manga Mania
Discover this popular style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Enjoy a special offer, activities, and giveaways.
July 24, 7pm: Fangirl Friday
Fangirls unite and celebrate fandom. Get introduced to the Women of Marvel, enjoy cosplay, giveaways, and much more. And while supplies last, pick up the Vinyl Vixen Metallic Wonder Woman, available only at Barnes & Noble.
July 25: Vinyl Day
Explore our assortment of vinyl records with events celebrating vinyl culture, including giveaways, special offers, and exclusives.
July 26: James Patterson Day
Celebrate America’s bestselling author with a special one-day-only offer on all adult, kids’, and teen books by James Patterson.
July 28, 7pm, and July 31, 7pm: Dr. Seuss Spectacular
What pet should we get? In celebration of the newly discovered Dr. Seuss book What Pet Should I Get?, kids of all ages are invited to help us decide what pet we should get at a special Storytime event on July 28 at 7pm. On July 31 at 7pm, join us for the Dr. Seuss Spectacular, a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. There’s fun to be done!
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist.
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