Please note this is not a comprehensive listing of Free Comic Book Events –it’s just info that people sent me. To find an event near you, go here. But it is indicative of some of the amazing things happening tomorrow, from an Eastman/Laird joint appearance to just about every other creator under the sun. It won’t be boring. And the comics are awesome.Rochester, NH
Eastman and Laird together at Jetpack Comics!
(Lots of rules on this one — check the link)
That’s right, the NH creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be the guests of honor for this years Rochester, NH Free Comic Book Day Festival! People are flying in from all over the country to meet these superstars, so we expect the lines to be long. With this in mind, we are going to have to place limits on how many things you can get signed. If you have more than the limit please feel free to jump back in line and do it all over again. We want to be fair to everyone that wants to visit Kevin and Peter.
PLEASE NOTE: Sketches will not be available that day. Please don’t embarrass yourself or the creators by asking for a sketch. If you do we just may have to eject you from the line! There’s simply not enough time (see the Eastman & Laird Guidelines below for more information). Of course there will be a vendor table of great Eastman and Laird works!
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is happy to be participating in Free Comic Book Day 2014 on Saturday, May 3!
As always, we’ll be giving out specially created comic books, free, all day!
Drawn & Quarterly’s special comic this year comes from Shigeru Mizuki – it features an excerpt from his second volume of Showa: A History of Japan, covering the period from 1939 to 1944. Pretty exciting!
This is a kid-friendly event! There will be snacks!
New York, NY
Free comics for everyone who attends, while they last! There is a specific assortment to choose from and we’ll also have our anniversary sale still going on, with Buy 2 get 1 Free on all graphic novels and back issues (bagged and boarded) for all JHU Members, which is free to join if you haven’t already!
On top of that, we will be having some guests there to sign for us!
10am – Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Halloween Eve)
11 am – Reilly Brown (Deadpool: The Gauntlet, Incredible Hercules, DHP: St. George)
12pm – Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer)
3pm – Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle)
Brooklyn, New York
Bergen street Comics
A 7PM Book Release Party with LUKE PEARSON!
That’s right! Starting at 7PM, Luke Pearson, the cartoonist responsible for Hildafolk, Hilda and the Midnight Giant and Hilda and the Bird Parade will be stopping by to help us celebrate. And yes, he’ll be bringing a stack of early copies of Hilda and the Black Hound, her latest adventure!
While we’re giving away the final free comics, Luke will be signing copies of Hilda and the Black Hound and regaling us with tales of life in Sherwood Forest (that’s where he lives! seriously!) while we all have drinks and begin the recovery process.
Free Comic Book Day with Top Cow
On Saturday, May 3rd, Southern California comic fans have not one, but two opportunities to meet the Head of the Herd himself – Marc Silvestri! Marc will be signing books and promoting his new miniseries, Rise of the Magi, the zero issue of which is Top Cow’s Free Comic Book this year!
First, catch him from 12 – 2 PM at Golden Apple Comics on Melrose in Los Angeles.
Then, at 3:30, Marc will be zooming up to Earth 2 Comics in Sherman Oaks.
Check out this interview that Marc did for Free Comic Book Day’s official website to learn more!
Also making an FCBD appearance is Top Cow’s President and C.O.O, Matt Hawkins! Matt will be at 4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, starting at 11:00 AM, signing issues of his many books, including Think Tank and Aphrodite IX, as well as giving out posters and discussing his new series, Tales of Honor!
WATSON AND HOLMES #1 Simonson Etching Variant
Copies of this will be given away at various shops around the country as found here.
Archie Comics writers and artists will be visiting comic shops around the globe! They will be on hand to sign books discuss their work. Here’s a rundown of where they’ll be and how you can find out more:
- Dawn Best (Sonic the Hedgehog) – Packrat Comics in Hilliard, OH
- Craig Boldman (Jughead) – University of Akron’s Quaker Square General Store & Newsstand Comics in Akron, OH (10am-4pm)
- Steven Butler (Sonic the Hedgehog) – 3 Alarm Comics in St. Martin, MS (11am-6pm Saturday)
- Steven Butler (Sonic the Hedgehog) – 99 Issues in Mobile, AL (2pm-6pm Sunday)
- Bill Galvan (Betty & Veronica) – Dragons Keep in Lehi, UT in the morning and Provo, UT in the afternoon
- Jerry Gaylord (Sonic the Hedgehog) – Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark, DE (10am-5pm)
- Dean Haspiel (The Fox) – Carmine Street Comics in New York, NY (1pm-4pm)
- Ben Hunzeker (Sonic the Hedgehog) – Challenger Comics in Chicago, IL
- Rich Koslowski (Archie) – Art Supplies, Ink. in Aptos, CA (2pm-5pm)
- Gary Martin (Mega Man) – Odyssey Comics in Vancouver, WA (9am-5pm)
- Alice Meichi Li (Mega Man) – “Women in Comics” panel at the Bronx Heroes Comic Con in Bronx, NY (3:30pm-4:30pm)
- Dan Parent (Archie) – Main Street Comics in Middletown, NY (2pm-4pm)
- Fernando Ruiz (Archie) – Dewey’s Comic City in Madison, NJ (1pm-4pm)
- Jeff Shultz (Betty & Veronica) – That’s Entertainment in Worcester, MA
- Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog) – Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA (11am-3pm)
- J. Torres (Jinx) – Stadium Comics in Brampton, Ontario (10am-2pm)
- Stephanie Vozzo (Betty & Veronica) – Granite City Comics in Saint Cloud, MN (10am-12pm)
- Mark Waid (The Fox) – Alter Ego Comics in Muncie, IN (12pm-4pm)
New York, NY
Midtown Comics is excited to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with two days this year – in-store on Saturday, May 3rd, and online on Monday, May 5th. This is one of the largest events in the comic book industry, and Midtown is ready to celebrate!
Midtown will offer free new comics including every title from every publisher participating in this event. Some of the hottest titles from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Image Comics will be available with no purchase required, while supplies last. Over two million comic books for readers of all ages will be given away by participating stores nationwide, introducing as many people as possible to the excitement of comic books!
SATURDAY, MAY 3rd IN-STORE:
Midtown Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day in-store on Saturday, May 3rd, Please note: some titles will be in very limited quantities and are not expected to last all day, and we recommend that you arrive early.
FCBD starts at 8:00AM at Midtown Times Square, and 11:00AM at Grand Central and Downtown.
MONDAY MAY 5TH ONLINE:
All FCBD titles will be posted online at MidtownComics.com at approximately 11:00AM EST on Monday, May 05th and will be offered while supplies last. We recommend that you order early.
What’s special only at Midtown: This year, we are thrilled to present our very own Midtown Comics exclusives of the FCBD book Future’s End from DC Comics, and the Armor Hunters Special from Valiant Entertainment! Both releases feature the Midtown Comics logo and are ONLY available through Midtown Comics!
Future’s End is a great issue to jump on board DC Comics’ epic weekly series, featuring tomorrow’s Dark Knight, Batman Beyond (making his first appearance in The New 52). Watch as he battles an army of cyborgs to avert an Apocalypse in the future, which could destroy the present DC Universe!
Armor Hunters features a group of the universe’s fiercest warriors that are eager to destroy the X-O Manowar for the good of all. What horrible secrets does the armor hold? And how many armors have they destroyed before this one? These answers and more are revealed in the Valiant Universe events of 2014 – and it all starts right here with exclusive previews, character designs, and interviews from the biggest guns the Valiant Universe has to offer!
Quimby’s and CAKE
Join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s Bookstore [1854 W North Ave] on Saturday May 3rd 7pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club!
This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as they collaboratively reveal your inner self by interpreting psychic signals from their magical photobooth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by CAKE, and free comic books will be available for pick up (while supplies last).
Trubble Club started as a group of Chicago-based cartoonist making jam comics. While we still do that, and love doing that, we’ve been branching out. The Infinite Corpse is a never-ending webcomic spearheaded by Trubble Club, that includes panels by both totally unknown artists, and institutions, like Art Speigelman and Kim Deitch. We have also recently done commissioned installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, The DePaul Art Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center.
The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. This year’s CAKE is May 31 & June 1st at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and is free and open to the public.
Visit http://cakechicago.com or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Our FCBD 2014 celebration will include appearances by Keith Giffen and Fernando Ruiz, whose work will be appearing among this year’s FCBD offerings, as well as an appearance by fan favorite artist Charles Paul Wilson III.
The full ARTIST ALLEY lineup includes veteran comic creator Keith Giffen (FCBD 2014 New 52 Future End), Archie Comics artist and writer Fernando Ruiz (FCBD 2014 Archie Digest), Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith, Stuff of Legend), artist and editor Anthony Marques (DC Assistant Editor), Andre Szymanowicz (Hell Yeah, Image Comics), artist Nick Justice (Jesus E Lee), Kubert School alums and freelance artists Fabio Redivo, Max Fuchs and Mike Morrocco, writer Adam McGoven (Magic Bullet, Dr. Id, the forthcoming Image series Nightworld), and artist Ellen Stedfeld (Magic Bullet). And as we do every year, we’ll be hosting a number of graduating 3rd year students from The Kubert School.
We’ll also be offering bonus goodie bags for the first 100 or so folks in line, free face painting for kids, free sketches in artist alley, entry into a drawing to WIN two tickets to his year New York Comic Con for everyone who comes in costume, a visit from members of the 501st Legion of Star Wars costuming organization, the only place in New Jersey to get the Washington DC based independent comic newspaper MAGIC BULLET on FCBD, bonus giveaway for folks in line, and what we think may be the world’s LARGEST bowl of OREO cookies! And lots of free comics of course!
Coliseum Comics – various events
Free Comic Book Day will run throughout the day on May 3rd at all Central Florida Coliseum of Comics locations, including the brand new Tampa location. Each location will have their own slate of special events scheduled. (Scheduled appearances subject to change. Please contact individual stores for more details.):
Coliseum of Comics Millenia
4672 Millenia Plaza Way
Orlando, FL 32839
Costumed characters in support of the Hero Alliance
Balloon artist Denzil Jackson
Coliseum of Comics Kissimmee
3159 W. Vine St. (US Hwy. 192)
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs
Costumed characters in support of the Hero Alliance
Balloon artist Denzil Jackson
Coliseum of Comics Fashion Square Mall
3201 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
Artists Travis Earls and Brian Wolffe
Characters from many costumer organizations
Coliseum of Comics Downtown Lakeland
121 S. Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Sabertooth Swordsman artist Aaron Conley
Coliseum of Comics New Tampa
19402 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33647
Los Angeles, CA
Brave New World
Free Comic Book Day is a celebration of the culture of comics, so along with giving away thousands of freebies, Brave New World Comics will also offer free art classes throughout the day. Free demos of the popular tabletop games Heroclix and Magic: the Gathering. Comic book creators, artists and writers from Fanboy Comics and Cartoon Network will be signing, sketching and talking about their latest work. There will be exciting FREE photo opportunities with your favorite pop culture characters! Star Wars characters from the 501st Storm Trooper Squadron’s Los Angeles Garrison will be here, along with the Southland Ghostbusters, and a few other surprise guests from the world of cartoons and comics. Free games, prizes, and a costume contest, sponsored by DK Publishing and Lego will round out the day’s events. Attendees are encouraged to participate in Free Comic Book Day Bingo, collecting stamps from various stations around the shop. Prizes for completed FCBD Bingo cards are provided by Archaia Comics and DC Entertainment. In addition to all of the super fun, super-hero themed events at Free Comic Book Day, be sure to stop by the charity bake sale, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“There’s so much to do at our Free Comic Book Day event! Don’t sleep in too late,” warned Portlyn, Brave New World’s perky proprietress, “if this event is anything like the first twelve, the free comics could run out before the crowd does… But the fun is here all day!”
Los Angeles, CA
Golden Apple Comics
*GRAB BAGS FRENZY IS BACK!
-FIND 1 OF 10 “GOLDEN TICKETS” TO INSTANTLY WIN A BIG PRIZE!
-WIN INSTANT HAND DRAWN SKETCHES FROM SCOTT SHAW!
-FIND INSTANT DISCOUNT STORE COUPONS 10% TO 50% OFF!
-WIN EXTRA FREE COMIC DAY COMICS!
*GRAB BAGS CONSIST OF 10 RANDOM NEW COMICS (ALL AGES TO TEEN+)
WE WILL ALSO HAVE FREE JARRIOTS SODA FOR ALL!
*while supplies last
OSSM! COMICS CREW
Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OMAR & SIIKE (BLEEDING COOL/THANIEL)
Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
meet cartoonist Scott Shaw! he will be handing out free Bongo Comics from 10am-4pm. Win a Full Sized Hand-Drawn Sketch from Scott instantly in our grab bags! Limited to the first 20 winners only!
Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
RISE OF THE MAGI #0 (TOP COW/IMAGE)
Saturday, May 03, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Creator/Writer of the new Indy comic: The Heroes of Echo Company
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