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.
Los Angeles CA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
posted by Neil
I've been all over the place. I went back to the midwest and spent two days with my dogs, and I helped wrap the beehives for winter.
(I discovered my zombie arm had been yarnbombed when I got home.)
Now I'm back in Cambridge MA, missing the dogs, but starting to feel more at home in this rambling high house. The at-homeness has more to do with furniture than anything else, I think. For example, a desk-chair was just delivered. There's nothing like a comfy chair for making you want to sit and write, if you are me.
I've handed in the latest draft of the HBO AMERICAN GODS pilot, and a short film I've written for another project, and I'm writing a bunch of different things right now.
I'm also proof-reading and copy-editing a bunch of books. Today I got to read through the UK edition of Fortunately, The Milk*
, profusely illustrated by Chris Riddell. I laughed a lot at Chris's rough sketches. Can't wait to see it finished. (Skottie Young's illustrating the US edition. I've only seen two pages of his work. It's just as funny in a different, more manic, way. I love them both and am so glad that each publisher went its own way on this.) Fortunately The Milk
will be published in September in the US and October in the UK. I just wrote a description of it for the US edition. I explained:
This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy's epic novel War and Milk. Also it has aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and wumpires in it (but not the handsome, misunderstood kind), not to mention a Volcano God.
It contains passages like this:
“You are charged with breaking into people’s planets and redecorating them,” said a noble and imposing-looking Tyrannosaurus Rex. “And then with running away and doing it again somewhere else, over and over. You have committed crimes against the inhabitants of eighteen planets, and crimes against good taste.”
“What we did to Rigel Four was art!” argued a globby alien.
“Art? There are people on Rigel Four,” said an Ankylosaurus, “who have to look up, every night, at a moon with three huge plaster ducks flying across it.”
I love that Fortunately the Milk
is two different books -- one in the US, one in the UK: it allows them to be published a month apart, which is much easier on the author.
In the old days of publishing, books in the US were published up to a year before or after the same books in the UK, but that started changing about ten years ago, and the internet changed it, as it has changed so much. People who like authors will buy their books when the books come out, and if the book is published in the US, people in the UK will simply go to Amazon (or some such website) and buy it, and if the book is published later in the US then American readers will head off to Amazon.co.uk (or similar).
When my new adult novel, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE**
is published, this summer, it will be coming out on June the 18th in the UK and the US too. This presents interesting challenges, mostly involving bi-location, and makes me miss Concorde, just a little.
No, I do not miss the sonic booms or the environmental damage, and, having been on one of the Concordes once, I do not miss the plane itself, which was small and dilapidated and chilly and old. But I miss the way one could fly to New York from London and feel like one had made a local hop and land three hours before one took off, and I miss the moment of looking out of Concorde's window and seeing the curvature of the Earth and feeling like all human problems were very small and far away.
(It was about 15 years ago. I had to get to Amsterdam to do a signing in high summer, and the UK trip I was meant to be doing was suddenly cancelled, leaving me without a flight. When the person on Northwest airlines' phone said, "Honestly, I can't believe how many miles it will take to get you there during the blackout week. You could take Concorde for that," and I said, "Hang on, I can use airmiles to fly Concorde?" and she said, "Well, yes.")
Which is a bit of a wander off the subject, which is that it now looks like I'll do a few days in the UK before publication, then fly back to the US on publication day, and then sign like a fiend across America, then go back to the UK and sign some more and then probably come back and do a handful of Canadian signings, and then collapse.
This will be my first actual signing (as opposed to reading) tour since Anansi Boys in 2005. I’ll go places and in each place I’ll do a reading, a short Q&A, then I’ll sign books.
I think the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
tour will be the last actual signing tour I ever do. They’re exhausting, on a level that’s hard to believe. I love meeting people, but the sixth hour of signing, for people who have been standing in a line for seven hours, is no fun for anybody. (The last proper US signing I did, it lasted over 7 hours and I signed for over 1000 people
. I'd suspect a lot of the signings on this tour will be like that, or bigger.)
So I’m going to try and make this tour the glorious last US book signing tour, and then stop doing book signing tours for good.
I’ll do a bunch of American signings on the tour, including, I hope, places that I don’t normally get to, like the US South. I’ll go to the UK, and do a smaller, more manageable tour. (You can get on and off trains in the UK, to get to places.)
And then, over the next year or so, I’m going to do my best to go to places I don’t usually get to, or to which I haven’t gone in a long time, as THE OCEAN... is published — places like Brazil and Poland, and I'll do whatever kinds of signings or events are appropriate there.
I may do events, and there may well be pre-signed books for sale there, and I might even sign books if I feel like it (I did a ninja book signing at St Mark’s Bookshop in New York a week ago, announcing it a couple of hours before I did it on Twitter. It was really fun. They may well have a few signed books left in stock, if you need holiday gifts) but once the Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is over, I do not think I will do any more book signing tours.
I was asked if I could go to Australia around publication time for OCEAN too, and I had to say no -- only one me, too many places to be. But I am going to be in Australia in January, and I'll be doing three events there.
At 6 pm on January the 20th, I'll be at the Theatre Royal in Hobart
, Tasmania. I'll be doing a few things including reading an unpublished story - appropriate for all ages, although it'll probably mean more to adults. Jherek Bischoff is going to be there, making music happen while I read. Ticket details are at http://www.liveguide.com.au/Tours/774225/MONA_FOMA_Festival_2013?event_id=795603
. The event is close to sold out, I believe, so get tickets now. It'll be over in time for you to see David Byrne later that evening...
On the 24th of Jan I'll be in Melbourne
, at the Atheneum Theatre, doing an event for the Wheeler Centre. It's going to be centred around Ocean at the End of the Lane, and for that and for the event in Sydney, Hachette, my Australian publisher, will be giving each attendee a special preview of the book, in the shape of the first three chapters. Tickets and details at http://wheelercentre.com/calendar/event/neil-gaiman1/
On the 25th, I'll be in Sydney
. The event will be similar to, but probably completely different from, Melbourne's, although people who come will also get the special limited Hachette novel preview. It's under the aegis of the Sydney Writers Festival, which is one of my favourite Festivals in the world. Tickets and details at http://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/id/1440
(Last year I did an evening in Sydney and one in Melbourne. They both sold out fast, so please, get tickets if you want to go. Do not wait and be sad and send me sad messages asking if I can squeeze you in somehow.)
Right. I am going to go and sit in my writing chair some more now and make stuff up and write it down.
*very silly. Funny. For readers of all ages. Contains milk.
** not very silly at all. Sometimes funny but mostly personal and even scary and disturbing. Not for children, even though it's about a child. Contains a small amount of milk; was manufactured in a facility that processes nuts.