Free Comic Book Day returns this Saturday 5th of May at a comic store near you! This worldwide comics initiative takes place on the first Saturday of May each year; with the initial aim of promoting public awareness of comics, it is now more firmly focused on promoting reading and creating a fun event where both parents and children can share their mutual love of the comics medium.
Featured titles this year include: hot on the back of the hit film Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the DC Comics New 52 Special, the Valiant Preview, Grant Morrison's Dinosaurs VS Aliens and many more.
There's also a great range for younger readers: the Moomin Colour Special, Bongo Comics Free-For-All, Barnaby, Superman Family, and a very limited Mouse Guard/Labyrinth hardcover!
Local shops are also making an extra effort to make this an event for the whole community, with bonus prizes for dressing up and lots of other fun activities. Here's a breakdown of what's happening at comic shops across the country:
264 The Mall, Onehunga, Auckland. Ph/Fax: +64 9 634 4399
Open: 10am - 4pm
- For walking in-store between 10am-4pm you get 2 FREE comics!
- For wearing a Superhero (or Super Villain) Costume you get 2 more FREE comics!
- For a Gold Coin Donation to Royal Oak Intermediate you get 2 more FREE comics!
- Plus Bargain deals in-store!
- Cheap Comics! Cheap Trade Paperbacks! Cheap Cool T-shirts!
277 Karangahape Rd
Open: 10am - 5pm
MK1: Mark One Comics:
551 Victoria Street, Hamilton. PH: 07 8393728
Open: 9am - 5pm
Reasons why you should visit Mark One on Free Comic Book Day:
Reason #1: We are giving away 4000 comics this year! That’s 2000 more than last year! There really will be something for everyone – and a few surprises to boot!
Reason #2 (although you are going to have to be early to take advantage of this one!): Small press publisher Archaia (known for producing beautiful comics in high quality formats like Mouse Guard, Okko and Rust) are offering the very first hardcover book in Free Comic Book Day history!
Reason #3: DC wraps up one of their best year’s in publishing (and that’s saying something for this 85 year old company) with a major sneak peak at the next wave of DC’s full line relaunch (the new 52!) If you’ve been enjoying the new 52 (and so many out there are – it’s been a great Mk1 sales success!) you will want to check out DC’s main FCBD offering (and yes there are others!)
Reason #4: Marvel are on the cusp of what will be one of their best years (thanks to the new AVENGERS movie) look for lots of Avengers comics and Spider-man offerings!
Reason #5: Star Wars, Superman, Transformers, Smurfs, Simpsons, Spongebob, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Yo Gabba Gabba, Joss Whedon’s Serenity, Walt Disney’s Donald Duck, and lots, lots more. All the best in comics on the best comics day of the year.
Reason #6: Mk1 celebrates 23 years in Hamilton with our now traditional (and only annual store wide sale!) Hint: the discount matches our age!
58 Main North Road, Papanui, Christchurch.
PH: 3797866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
On the 5 May 2012 we will again be participating in the world wide event, and like last year when we were still working out the back of my house we will fire up the BBQ and make a fun day of it. Hope you can make it along and celebrate with us.
Could be a good day to break out the superhero costumes!
86 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North. PH: 06 3566779
106 Cuba Mall PH: 04 3842 691
So head to your nearest comic shop this Saturday and enjoy sharing some great FREE comics!