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FCBD Signings Galore

FCBD – that’s Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 2. Basically you can grab selected freebies from participating comic shops around the globe. For more info, go here. There’s a lot happening, especially in America (they have all the fun) including signings at various comic shops with Captain Kirk (or at least that Shatner guy that played him), and a treasure trove of comics creators. It’s a great way to introduce friends or family members to the wonders of sequential art. A gaggle of press releases below.

fcbd_cymk_date1Event: William Shatner signing at Golden Apple Comics  
       “FREE COMIC BOOK DAY”
What: Retail
Host: Bluewater Productions
Start Time: Saturday, May 2 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, May 2 at 3:00pm
Where: Golden Apple Comics

Hero Initiative is proud to announce a unique fundraising partnership with Southern California comic stores on Saturday, May 2nd for Free Comic Book Day, and Los Angeles’ “Big Sunday” on May 3.   Three comic stores in Southern California will donate proceeds directly to Hero Initiative from signings and drawings by featured creators.  In addition, the local comic stores will host community events and distribute free comic books as part of the national celebration.  Local celebrations on Saturday, May 2nd include:

Collector’s Paradise, 7131 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka California

A signing will be held between 12pm and 3:00pm attended by:

  •          Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man)
  •          Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man)
  •          Jim Mahfood (40-oz. Comics)
  •          Mike Kunkel (Billy Baston and the Power of Shazam!)
  •          Joe Benitez (Justice League of America)
  •          David Wohl (Witchblade)
  •          JT Krul (Fathom)

In addition, eBay auctions of original art donated to Hero will start May 2nd here.

And a professional photographer will take picture of you and your favorite artist or Comic Book Hero at Collector’s Paradise with all proceeds donated to Hero Initiative.

Finally, you can bring your Ralphs Rewards grocery store card to Collector’s Paradise to sign it up for Hero on Ralphs Community Contribution program OR sign up for a new card and get a FREE copy of Hero’s What If This Was the Fantastic Four?

Meltdown Comics, 7522 West Sunset, Los Angeles CA

Artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween) will be in attendance on Hero’s behalf from noon-2 PM and will do sketches on the inside cover of books for $20, and Hero sketchcards for $10.

Four Color Fantasies, 7172 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Original art auctions will benefit Hero Initiative, and there will be character appearances by Batman and Robin, Superman, and the Star Wars 501st legion. Drawing contests, face paining and free food and fun for the whole family will also be included. Some of the many featured artists to appear include:

  •          Todd Nauck (Amazing Spider-Man)
  •          Danny Miki (Amazing Spider-Man)
  •          Norm Rapmund (Infinite Crisis)
  •          Allen Martinez  (Iron Man)

And on Sunday, May 3, Los Angeles’ all-inclusive charity event known as Big Sunday will also benefit Hero Initiative with “Change for Change” at many of its most-attended sites. Volunteers for Change for Change will be asking people to donate their loose change to Hero. Check out www.bigsunday.org for locations and events

top-cow-fcbd-2009-final_page_01Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced its plans today for this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 2nd which takes place in comic shops across North America. Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where participating direct market stores give out free comics to anyone that walks into their store.
    Top Cow is participating again in the event with their Free Comic Book Day offering, Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer First Look. The issue serves as an introduction to the publisher’s summer event of the same name, which brings together the two popular teams Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer. The series and Free Comic Book Day offering is written by Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage). Both teams were co-created by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and Hunter-Killer was co-created by writer Mark Waid. The teams have been absent from a regular series for several years and this marks their return to the forefront of the Top Cow Universe. 
    Writer Mark Waid will be appearing at Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka, CA and artist Kenneth Rocafort will be appearing at the Puerto Rico Comic Con in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Other Top Cow creators making appearances in Los Angeles include Michael Broussard, Rob Levin, Nelson Blake II, and Rick Loverd. Additionally, Top Cow mainstays Ron Marz and Phil Hester will be appearing in various parts of the United States to celebrate the annual event. 

    Complete details follow below:

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave.
Winnetka, CA 91306
(818) 999-9455
Signing 12pm-3pm
Mark Waid (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer)
Joe Benitez (The Darkness, Magdalena)
David Wohl (Witchblade, The Darkness)

Puerto Rico Comic Con & Pop Culture Expo
100 Convention Boulevard 
San Juan, PR 00907
http://www.thepopcultureexpo.com/
Signing 
Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, Madame Mirage)

For more Top Cow related signings, see below.

Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd. Ste. G
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 826-6127
Signing 11am-2pm
Michael Broussard (The Darkness)
Ryan Winn (The Darkness)
Rick Loverd (Berserker)

End Zone Hobby Center
133 South State
Clearfield, UT 84015
(801) 774-5050
Signing
Tyler Kirkham (Broken Trinity: Aftermath, Fusion)

Comic Bug
1807 ½ Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704
Signing from 3pm-5pm
Joshua Hale Fialkov (Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)

Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd. 
Sherman Oaks, CA
(818) 386-9590
Signing from 12pm-2pm
Filip Sablik (Publisher)
Sheldon Mitchell (Witchblade Annual, Freshmen Summer Special)

Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 263-0277
Signing from 11am-1pm
Joshua Hale Fialkov (Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)

Capes Comic Book Lounge
6208 Maple Street
Omaha, NE 68104
(402) 558-0212
Signing 
Jeremy Haun (Berserker)

Earthworld Comics
537 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12206
Signing 12pm-6pm
Ron Marz (Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

Krypton Comics
2819 S. 125th Street
Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 391-4131
Signing 10am-6pm
Phil Hester (The Darkness)

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One response

  1. Thanks for plugging my store, Collector’s Paradise!!

    -Andy

    April 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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