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Free Comic Book Day 2014: Comprehensive collection of comic shop activities

Posted by on April 24, 2014 – 7:45 am
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The 2014 Free Comic Book Day will be here before we know it, and the Valley’s comic shops have a plethora of super-activities planned to help celebrate May 3rd’s unofficial holiday. Whether you are looking to get some comics signed by professional creators, hobnob with local artists and writers, or take some fun pics with colorful costumers, FCBD is the next best thing to Comic-Con (but it’s free!)

To help you map out your day of sequential art swag, we’ve braved the darkest corners of the Interwebs and scoured the social media swamplands in order to collect a listing of the FCBD happenings across the Phoenix metropolitan area. Feast your eyes on the festivities below, and while you’re out enjoying the shops, be sure to show your appreciation by purchasing a couple of items too.

Note that the information below is subject to change; please check your local shop for their latest FCBD details.

Lady Cap at Free Comic Book DayAll About Books & Comics
5060 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

All About Books and Comics will be having a FCBD party and sale, with activities running from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. In addition to free comics you’ll have the opportunity to meet superheroes in person and take pictures with your favorite crime-fighter (or criminal.) They will also be having a charity raffle, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

  • 15% off any purchase (with the purchase of a Make-A-Wish Arizona raffle ticket.)
  • Free Superhero Face Painting – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Meet Green Arrow from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Meet Wonder Woman from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Meet “The Dark Knight” Batman from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Meet Supergirl from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Meet Spider-Man from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Meet Batman from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Meet The Joker from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Meet Green Lantern from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Meet Commissioner Gordon from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Meet Batgirl from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ash Avenue Comics & Books
806 S. Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ, 85281

Free comics and the Very Awesome Girls will be on hand raising money for the Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

Collectors Marketplace
1945 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85016

Working together with Pop Culture Paradise, Collectors Marketplace will be holding a canned food drive to benefit St. Vincent DePauls. Bring a canned food item and get an extra free comic! They will also have Star Wars characters in person, and their creator line-up includes:

  • Anabel Martinez
  • Armand Villavert Jr.
  • Brian Miller
  • Craig W. Chenery
  • Denae Fraizer
  • Jean-Paul Manzanares
  • Jeff Pina
  • Kip Mussatt
  • Len Simon
  • Meghan O’Connell
  • Val Hochberg

Cult Classics
Pollack Tempe Cinemas
1825 E Elliot Rd
Tempe, AZ 85284

The cool people at Cult Classics and the LepreCon Sci-Fi convention are joining in on the Free Comic Book Day fun and hosting a screening of Tim Burton’s original Batman film (starring Micheal Keaton.) They’ll have free comics from Gotham City Comics & Coffee and fun commemorative art prints and t-shirts as well. It’s the perfect way to cap off a day of comic book goodness. Get more details at: cultclassicsaz.com.

Desert Sky Games
2531 S Gilbert Rd, Suite 106
Gilbert, AZ, 85295

No FCBD details available at post time.

Drawn To Comics
5801 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ, 85301

Not to be confined by the four walls of their already amazing shop, Drawn To Comics bleeds FCBD out into the streets and adjoining businesses of old town Glendale, reaching as many potential new fans as possible with comic book goodness. In addition to inside DTC, they will have over 40 tables set up at their neighbors’ shops as well, all handing out free comics to the masses.

Free Comic Book Day at Drawn to Comics - 2013Drawn To Comics will also have Deejay Fuzion “rocking the tunes” and Very Awesome Girls raising money for the Sun Valley Animal Shelter. Festivities start at 8:00 a.m. and will go all day, with the DTC Artist Alley running from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with guest creators including:

  • Russ Kazmierczak
  • Shelby Robertson
  • Chris Ness
  • Joshua Green
  • Bill Farmer
  • Scott Vaughn
  • James Hiralez
  • Albert Morales
  • Jason Worthington
  • Ryan Comstock-McMurray
  • Andy Carreon
  • Jon Ziegler
  • Trevor Grace

Dr. Fantasy’s Comic Books’n More
7480 W Bell Road, Suite 106
Glendale, AZ, 85308

Dr. Fantasy’s Comic Books’n Morewill have free comics and will be hosting Tom Hodges, artist of Star Wars Clone Wars, Simpsons Treehouse of Horror and Rush 2112.

Gotham City Comics & Coffee
46 W. Main St
Mesa, Arizona 85201

Gotham City Comics & Coffee will be hosting artist Mike Mayhew (no relation to Chewie) of The Star Wars, Zorro, The Pulse, The Avengers, Green Arrow, Vampirella, X-Men Origins: Jean Grey fame; plus, of course, comics and super-coffee confections.

Greg’s Comics Inc.
2722 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 8
Mesa, AZ, 85210

No FCBD details available at post time.

Hero Comics
13616 North 35Th Ave #2
Phoenix, AZ, 85029

Free Comic Book Day 2014Hero Comics is planning for fun, food, art, face painting and, of course, free comics! They are having sales on back issue books and their guest artists will include:

  • Andy Bohn
  • Vince Deporter
  • Matt Goodall
  • Madame M (Christy Moeller)
  • Bianca Thompson

Jesse James Comics & Collectibles
10620 N 43Rd Ave, Suite 8
Glendale, AZ, 85304

The Very Awesome Girls will be appearing at Jesse James Comics & Collectibles, raising money for the Sun Valley Animal Shelter by hosting “Canine Sidekick Tryouts” and providing face painting. They will also have adoptable dogs from Sun Valley Animal Shelter on site.

The Jesse James festivities will be happening both Saturday and Sunday (see their website for guest days/times), and their creator guest list includes:

  • Nei Ruffino
  • Eric Mengel
  • Victoria Paege
  • Raven Gregory
  • Tim Vigil
  • JP Roth
  • Eric Esquivel (Sunday only)
  • Hannah Nance Partlow (Sunday only)

Pop Culture Paradise
715 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85281

Pop Culture Paradise promises two free comics for each person (you can get two additional freebies if you are a subscription box-holder), plus two additional free comics for a canned food donation for St. Vincent DePauls. When you bring a canned food donation you also get 5% off board games and accessories, up to 25% off (for five cans).

They will also be showing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (starting at 5:00 p.m.), which will include free pizza and a raffle for an awesome board game and other giveaways throughout the screening event.

The main FCBD events run from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and their extensive list of creator guests includes:

  • Todd VanHooser
  • Ryan Comstock-McMurry
  • Jean-Paul Manzanares
  • Jean Arrow
  • Heather Martin
  • Ethan Scott
  • April Grady-Reyna
  • Anabel Martinez
  • Justin Miller
  • Denae Frazier
  • Derrick Tipton
  • Jason Washington
  • Jessica C. Feinberg
  • Jolene Houser
  • Sean Arteaga
  • Len Simon
  • Marc Mason
  • Mark Greenawalt
  • Meghan O’Connell
  • Rob Hicks
  • Ruben Rosas
  • Wayne Gardiner
  • Zoe Sugg
  • Kip Mussatt

Samurai Comics - Free Comic Book Day 2013Samurai Comics (Mesa)
1120 S Country Club Drive #107
Mesa, AZ, 85210

Samurai Mesa is hosting the ACME (Arizona Comics Mini Expo) during Free Comic Book Day, and you can read more about the incredible event at our NERDVANA article, “ACME promises explosive day of comic coolness.” They’re hosting a great list of comic professionals, so you won’t want to miss this event.

Samurai Comics (Phoenix/Avondale)
1051 E. Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85014

In addition to three free comics per person (plus an extra comic if you come in costume, and another if you bring a canned food donation), all three Samurai Comics locations will have costumed heroes and photo opportunities. The Very Awesome Girls will also be on hand (at the Phoenix location) raising money for the Sun Valley Animal Shelter. Various other contests and giveaways will run throughout the day, and comic creator Kevin Coulston will be at the Phoenix location from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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