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FCBD | New York, D.C., Chi-town and So Cal

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FCBD | New York, D.C., Chi-town and So Cal

The annual Free Comic Book Day is coming up a week from tomorrow. Comic shops all over the world will give away free comics on May 2. Many retailers will host special events and signings on Free Comic Book Day, which I’ll collect and post right here at Robot 6.

If you’re a creator or retailer involved with or hosting a FCBD event, please drop me a note about your plans, as we’ll start posting them between now and May 2.

Today’s listing includes two events in the New York City area; one in Washington, D.C.; a concert/signing in Chicago; and a couple of signings in Southern California.

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AdHouse Books sent over details on two events involving creators whose work appears in their Free Comic Book Day offering:

As I mentioned before, we have a brand new FREE Comic Book coming out on May 2, 2009.
The comic will feature pages of FCHS by Vito Delsante & Rachel Freire, and pages of Remake by Lamar Abrams. If you’re in the NYC or DC areas, you can meet Vito and Rachel (as well as Mike (ACE-FACE) Dawson at Jim Hanley’s Universe and Lamar will be at the College Park Big Planet Comic shop. If you’re not in those areas, hit the FCBD site to see if something is going on around where you live! OR… if you want your FREE comic by electronic means, why not hit the WAPPIE site? There may be some scrollage involved, but you can also get the last two issues as well!

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Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen will be at Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago:

CHALLENGERS is a family-friendly comic book store in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, run by two long-time comic book retail veterans, Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Challengers is their attempt to bring community back into comic book retail with an open and inviting atmosphere unlike any other Chicago-area comic store, life-long knowledge of the industry and a fully interactive website only available to local customers.

Comic book writer and artist Erik Larsen, creator of The Savage Dragon and co-founder of Image Comics, will be on hand to sign copies of his brand new Free Comic Book Day comic Savage Dragon #148. “Savage Dragon” is an ongoing comic book series featuring the adventures of a super-heroic Chicago police officer named Dragon and has been continually Published since 1992.

The theme for this year’s event is “Chicago.” Members of local and national Chicago/Illinois government have been invited to attend as well, to see the excitement comic books bring to our community (with no actual RSVP’s yet).

There will also be 2 sets of live music from Chicago comic-lovin’ band Heroes For Hire!

Date of Event: Saturday, May 2, 2009 – The First Saturday in May
Store hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Erik Larsen Signing: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Heroes For Hire Sets: 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Location of Event: CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation
1845 N. Western Ave. 2R (1 blk south of Western and Milwaukee)
Chicago, IL 60647
773.278.0155

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Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, New York will host an exhibit featuring artwork from the webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE:

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Earth-2 Comics now has two locations, and both of them will have creators on hand from IDW and Top Cow:

Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, and for our first FCBD with “parallel stores,” clearly “parallel signings” are in order! Read on to see who’ll be appearing at each location! And why not attend both?

Earth-2 Northridge — 8967 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA:

From IDW Publishing, appearing from Noon to 2 pm:

  • Writer Brian Lynch: ANGEL AFTER THE FALL, SPIKE: AFTER THE FALL, ASYLUM, SHADOW PUPPETS
  • IDW Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Writer Chris Ryall: ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS, CLIVE BARKER’S GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, FRANK FRAZETTA’S NEANDERTHAL, COMIC BOOKS 101
  • Writer Scott Tipton: KLINGONS: BLOOD WILL TELL, STAR TREK: MIRROR IMAGES, ANGEL: AULD LANG SYNE, SMILE TIME, ASTRO BOY, COMIC BOOKS 101

Chris and Scott will have a limited supply of their new book COMIC BOOKS 101 available for sale, so get there early if you want a copy!

Earth-2 Sherman Oaks — 15017 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA :

From Top Cow, appearing from Noon to 2 pm:

  • Top Cow Publisher Filip Sabik: ARMY OF DARKNESS, CTHULU TALES
  • Artist Sheldon Mitchell: FRESHMEN, WITCHBLADE ANNUAL

Filip and Sheldon will both be doing sketches for the kids, and reviewing portfolios as well!

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