May 7 marks the 10th annual event in which as many as a half-million people are expected to visit their local comic book shops to pick up free special-edition titles. Whether you’re new to comics or an old hand, there’s something on the list to make you smile. Back in December we got our first look at the titles that will be available — but know that you can get a full, up-to-date list at the FCBD webpage, complete with digital previews!
Below are some of the local comic book stores participating in Free Comic Book Day:
- Atomic Comics will be hosting artists doing sketches for donations to the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit that serves as a safety net for comic book creators, writers and artists in need. The Mesa store will feature a video game tournament plus creators Jim Hanna, Alfred Trujillo, JP Manz and Patrick Scherberger. The Chandler Fashion Center store will feature Ryan Cody, Scott Godlewski, Denae Frazier, Ben Glendenning, Mickey Chaney, Terry Tibke and Dadicus. The Metrocenter store in Phoenix will feature the Star Wars Mandalorian Mercs costuming group as well as Jason Worthington and Victor Moreno. The Paradise Valley location will feature a “Monster Draw” event with Madame M and SteamCrow, as well as Tony Parker and Jeff Pina.
- Samurai Comics, at 1051 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, will be doing more than handing our free comics — they’ll be hosting a Thor’s Hammer contest for prizes such as the official Thor movie tie-in video game, soundtrack, Hasbro toys and vintage comics. If you get inspired by the premiere of Marvel’s Thor movie the night before, you can bring in your own homemade hammer or make one at the store beginning at 6:30 a.m. for the contest, which runs through 10 a.m. There will also be appearances by the Arizona Avengers and Arizona Ghostbusters costuming guilds and local artists.
- Gotham City Comics & Coffee on Main Street in downtown Mesa plans to have live music with writers and artists to be announced.
- Elsewhere around the East Valley, look for FCBD events at Tempe’s Ash Avenue Comics & Books and Greg’s Comics in Mesa. You can find more participating locations at the event’s official website or on this handy page compiled by the folks behind Phoenix Comicon.
- If you don’t want a comic book (shame on you), you may luck out and get an exclusive Green Lantern HeroClix figure! The long-awaited movie based on the classic DC Comics title comes out June 17.