On Saturday stores around the world will play host to Free Comic Book Day, the annual promotion designed to introduce new readers to comics by giving away no fewer than 33 different titles. (USA Today rounds up creators to discuss this year's offerings.) Many retailers, of course, also sponsor signings and other activities as part of the event.
What follows is a rundown of just some of the creator appearances. For more signings, visit the FCBD website or follow the organization on Twitter. For details on event times, visit the stores' websites.
Benton, Arkansas | Dustin Higgins appears at Autobot City Comics (111 S. Main St.).
Bellflower, California | Batton Lash signs at Metropolis Comics (16509 Bellflower Blvd.)
Los Angeles, California | Golden Apple Comics (7018 Melrose Ave.) features Scott Shaw, Jeff Nentrup, John Heffernan, Dave Server, Jackson Lanzing, Geoffrey Throne, Carly Mizzou, Greg Pak and Marc Andreyko.
Northridge, California | Earth 2 Comics (8967 Reseda Blvd.) hosts Mark Waid, JT Krul, Christopher Yost and Filip Sablik.
Pasadena, California | Stan Lee and Philip Tan sign at Comic Odyssey (319 S. Arroyo Parkway #3).
San Francisco, California | Nine-year-old creator Basie signs at Isotope (326 Fell St.).
Sherman Oaks, California | Sterling Gates, Sean Galloway, Ryan Benjamin, Ryan Odagawa and Todd Harris appear at Earth 2 Comics (15017 Ventura Blvd.).
Universal City, California | Drew Johnson, Marc Andreyko and Stan Sakai sign at Things From Another World (1000 Universal Center Drive).
Brandon, Florida | Justin Peterson and Josh Smeaton sign at Read More Comics (115 E. Brandon Blvd., Suite A).
Clermont, Florida | Heroes Landing (12348 Roper Blvd.) hosts Christian Slade and Fred Van Lente.
Chicago, Illinois | Challengers Comics (1845 N. Western Ave.) features Mike Norton and Katie Cook.
Chicago, Illinois | Skottie Young and Tim Seeley appear at Dark Tower Comics (4835 N. Western Ave.).
Chicago, Illinois | David Petersen signs at Graham Crackers Comics (77 E. Madison St.)
Muncie, Indiana | Sean McKeever and Marjorie Liu appear at Alter Ego Comics (422 E. McGalliard Road).
Overland Park, Kansas | Elite Comics (11842 Quivera Road) hosts B. Clay Moore and Damont Jordan.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Kody Chamberlain appears at the grand opening of Walley's Pop Comics (711 Jefferson Highway).
Boston, Massachusetts | Comicopia (464 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square) plays host to Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock writer Nichol Ashworth and The Loneliest Astronaut collaborators Kevin Church and Ming Doyle. Bostonist profiles Church and Doyle.
University City, Missouri | Larry Young and Ben Sawyer appear at Star Clipper (6392 Delmar Blvd.).
Rochester, New Hampshire | Jet Pack Comics (37 N. Main St.) and the Rochester Main Street Association present the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival, featuring special guests Ed McGuinness and Craig Rousseau, and a line-up of small-press creators.
Brooklyn, New York | In addition to its regular FCBD activities, Bergen Street Comics (470 Bergen St.) hosts a release party for First Second Books' young-readers titles. Guests include Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro (Foiled), George O'Connor (Zeus, Athena), Leland Purvis (Resistance), and Pascal Dizin (City of Spies).
Staten Island, New York | Evan Dorkin signs at Comic Book Jones (Harbor Plaza, 2220 Forest Ave.)
Charlotte, North Carolina | Heroes Aren't Hard to Find (1957 E. Seventh St.) hosts Mark Brooks, Chris Brunner, Nathan Edmondson, Ian Flynn, Sanford Greene, Cully Hamner, Adam Hughes, Jason Latour, Budd Root, Tom Lyle, Andy Smith, Allison Sohn and Brian Stelfreeze.
Beaverton, Oregon | Shawn Cruz, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Jason Martin and Lee Moyer appear at Things From Another World (4390 SW Lloyd Ave.).
Milwaukie, Oregon | Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, the Pander Brothers and Darren G. Davis sign at Things From Another World (10977 SE Main St.).
Portland, Oregon | Bridge City Comics (3725 N. Mississippi Ave.) holds signings by Will Redwood and Andy Lunday.
Portland, Oregon | Cosmic Monkey Comics (5335 NE Sandy Blvd.) features Mike Allred, Laura Allred, Jim Valentino, David Hahn, Farel Dalrymple and more.
Portland, Oregon | Amy Mebberson signs at Floating World Comics (20 NW Fifth Ave.).
Portland, Oregon | Cartoonists Jesse Reklaw and Ian Sundahl sign copies of the Dope Flounder anthology at Guapo Comics and Coffee (6350 SE Foster Road).
Portland, Oregon | Things From Another World (4133 NE Sandy Blvd.) hosts Shannon Wheeler, Steve Lieber, Erika Moen, Jamie S. Rich, Joelle Jones, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson.
York, Pennsylvania | Bo Nanas cartoonist John Kovaleski appears at Comix Connection (West Manchester Mall, 1800 Loucks Road).
Dallas, Texas | Zeus Comics and Collectibles (4411 Lemmon Ave.) bids farewell to PvP creator Scott Kurtz, who's relocating to Seattle. The event features guests James O'Barr, Joe Eisma and David Hopkins.
Edmonton, Alberta | The three Happy Harbor Comics locations host local artists, including Robot 6 contributor Stephanie Chan, drawing sketches in exchange for donations to the Edmonton Food bank.
Vancouver, British Columbia | Elfsar Comics & Toys (1007 Hamilton St.) features Camilla D'Errico, Steve Rolston, Diana Greenhalgh and Toren Atkinson.