Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, which is the 15th year in which local comic shops around the nation are giving away free comic books to encourage new readers or for publishers to attract readers that aren't currently reading their specific title.  Besides free comic books, many shops often have other activities includes sales, raffles, signings and sketching.  To find a store participating near you visit:

Here is our list in no particular order in the New York/New Jersey area with creator signings and sketching (some may charge a fee) that you may want to check out.  Click on their links for up to date info.

Aw Yeah Comics - Harrison, NY -
Who's showing up?
Artist Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Mark Mariano, Diana Leto, Katie Cook, 
What else? Free bag of goodies (w/ purchase) and costumed characters

Android's Amazing Comics - Sayville, NY-
Who's showing up?
Double Take Comics: Stan Chou & Matthew Summo (12 - 2pm)
What else? Star Wars cosplay and sales!

Best Comics - New Hyde Park, NY -
Who's showing up?
Artist Sean Chen (10 - 12pm), Writer Greg Pak (10 - 12pm), Writer JC Vaughn (10 - 12pm), Artist Vincent Spencer (10 - 12pm) 
What else? Huge sale, though not much detail provided.

The Comic Depot - Wantagh, NY -
Who's showing up?
Joe Kelly (Noon - 2pm) Colorist Zeea Adams (Noon - 2pm), Artist Sean Chen (1 - 2pm), Writer Greg Pak (1 - 2pm), Writer JC Vaughn (1 - 3pm), Artist Vincent Spencer (1 - 3pm)
What else? Five free comics per person, various sales and free animal balloons!

Dewey's Comic City - Madison, NJ -
Who's showing up?
Fernando Ruiz, Keith Giffen, Matthew Battaglia, Anthony Marques, Fabio Redivo, Adam McGovern, Ken Branch, Ronnie Gorham, Alexia Veldhuisen, Brigid Allanson, Joshua James, Emma Kubert, Vanessa Solis, Aaron Carbullido
What else? Free goodie bags, cosplay, drawings

Zapp Comics - Wayne, NJ -
Who's showing up?
Artists Minkyu Jung, Idan Knafo Kerbis, Nick Justus, Erik Klaus, Marki Wolfson, Chris Campana
What else? Various 50% off sales and raffles!

Fourth World Comics - Smithtown, NY -
Who's showing up?
Writer Scott Snyder, Justin Jordan, Joe Harris, Greg Pak, artists Ian Bertram, Reilly Brown, CP Willison III, Sean Chen
What else? 20% off storewide and 3 free comics per person

Royal Collectibles - Queens, NY -
Who's showing up?
Artist Dave Fox (1-6pm)
What else? Various sales as well as 2 free comic books per person.

Forbidden Planet NYC - Manhattan -
Who's showing up? None
What else?  Though no creators, they are one of the most generous as far as amount of books given out if you arrive early.  Also 15% off storewide.

JHU Comic Books - Staten Island, NY -
Who's showing up? Jamal Peppers
What else? No other details provided

JHU Comic Books - Manhattan -
Who's showing up? Writer Vivek J. Tiwary 2:30pm; Artist Edwin Huang 1pm
What else? 20% off sale storewide

Midtown Comics - Manhattan -
Who's showing up? None
What else?  Free books at all three stores.

Grasshopper's Comics - Williston Park, NY -
Who's showing up? Joe Kelly (3 - 5pm)
What else? Free comics, short on details

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