The Countdown to the 11th Annual Free Comic Book day 2012 has begun.
What is Free Comic Book Day?
Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE (yes, they really are free) to anyone who comes into their stores. Free Comic Book Day started in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry’s single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. Free Comic Book Day is often tied to the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well-known comic book. This year its the Avengers movie (May 5th).
Which comic books are being given away?
This year there are over 40 special FCBD edition comics to choose from, one per person NO purchase required! (while supplies last of course) There are a number of highlights in the selection which include Spiderman Season One, Voltron Force Shelter from the Storm, 2000 AD Judge Dredd, Star Wars Serenity, DC Comics New 52 Special Edition and Avengers Age of Ultron Point One. For a complete list & more details about all the free comics, check the official FCBD website www.freecomicbookday.com.
What else is Readers Den Giving away?
The first 50 customers who spend R100 or more in-store get a FCBD goody bag containing Marvel Heroclix Thor mini figure and 3 exclusive comics (Avengers, Ultimate Spiderman Premiere, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and the FCBD 2012 badge.
Spend R 500 in-store and get a free graphic novel (either Stephen King’s Dark Tower The Gunslinger Born Vol. 1 or Neil Gaiman’s Eternals) or OR Spend R 1500 in-store and get BOTH FREE plus the Avengers / Invaders graphic novel. Readers Den will also be having 50 – 90 % off a huge selection of graphic novels on sale.
What’s happening at the festival?
There will also be a host of exhibitors at the event including Skycastle (who will be demoing the new Avengers Heroclix set), Mutabor Sculptures (showcasing everything from miniatures to life-size sculpts, monsters and fairies), Wizard’s Books and Games (who will demo, display and sell collectable card games) and many more.
There will also be a host of comic book illustrators, writers, gamers and publicists mingling with the crowds and signing autographs. This is the perfect opportunity to find out the who is who in the local comic book industry.
Comic related movies/trailers/documentaries/anime will also be screened throughout the day.
A comic book festival wouldn’t be complete with a costume competition now would it? Dress up as your favourite comics character (whether hired or self-made). Adults in full original costume get a pack of 5 FCBD 2012 comics. Children in full original costume get a pack of 5 all ages FCBD 2012 comics. There are also three prizes to be won for best costume. First prize wins a pack of ALL 40 FCBD 2012 comics plus a R200 store giftcard.
If you seriously still aren’t convinced that you need to attend there will also be 30 cool prizes, worth over R10 000, during two draws (one at 11am and one 1pm).