Friday, April 30, 2010


No, this is not a joke. Tomorrow, head over to your nearest comic shop and ask where the free stuff is, at which point the cockney shopkeep will probably point and grunt (its not like in the movies where they sing a song about reading and dance with penguins) and you'll leave with a stack of books in the hopes they will be the gateway drug for things like The Walking Dead, Nightwing, New Avengers, Scud the Disposable Assassin and my all time favorite, Preacher. Then you get to complain about how much they cost every week, like we all do. JOIN THE FAMILY!! ONE OF US!! Click here for a list of participating shops and all the details you could ever want about the swag. Here's a run down of event notices sent over from the company peoples...oh and Milo..

ARCHAIA - Red Fraggle, one of the stars of Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock” TV series, along with her puppeteer, Karen Prell will appear at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 851-7223, 11am to 3pm.

Archaia Entertainment is proud to announce creator appearances at the following locations:

Nichol Ashworth (writer, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock FCBD flip book)
1 – 3 p.m. ET
464 Commonwealth Ave., #13
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-4266,

A. David Lewis (writer, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Lone and Level Sands)
Call for hours (ET)
New England Comics (Allston location)
131 Harvard Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-1848,

Anthony Coffey and Jesse LabbĂ© (writers/artists, Berona’s War)
10 a.m. -??? CT
Limited quantities of First Edition of Berona’s War: Field Guide will be available
Heroes and Dreams
5352 Highway 25, Suite 1650
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 992-3100,

David Petersen (writer/artist, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock FCBD flip book)
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT
Graham Crackers Comics (Chicago Loop location)
77 E. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 629-1810,

Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Tumor)
Jeff Stokely (artist, Fraggle Rock #1)
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT
Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704,

Sam Humphries (writer, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock FCBD flip book)
Jeremy Love (artist, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock FCBD flip book)
David Lanphear (letterer, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock FCBD flip book)
Special appearance by Red Fraggle and Karen Prell
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223,

Jake Myler (artist, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock FCBD flip book)
12 – 3 p.m. PT
Zanadu Comics (Downtown location)
1923 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-1316,

TOP COW - This year’s Top Cow Free Comic Book Day offering is Artifacts #0, by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Magdalena) and Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade, Angelus). The issue serves as an introduction to the publisher’s maxi-event that’s been over five years in the making. Building on the success of First Born and Broken Trinity, Top Cow will finally reveal the identity of all 13 Artifacts, which include The Darkness, Witchblade, Angelus, Magdalena’s Spear of Destiny and 9 others. Launching a massive 13-issue event beginning in July 2010, the series will define and redefine the nature of the Top Cow Universe. The final identity of the remaining Artifacts will be revealed, characters will perish and the very existence of the Top Cow Universe will be at stake.

As a special treat for LA locals, Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri will be participating in the festivities and serving as the Guest of Honor at Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka, CA. Joining Silvestri at Collector’s Paradise is the first art team on the Artifacts series, Michael Broussard (The Darkness), who will also be signing at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA. On the east coast, Marz will be signing Artifacts #0 at two New England Comics locations: Brockton and Harvard Square.

Other Top Cow creators making appearances in the Los Angeles area include Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, Rick Loverd (Berserker), Rob Levin (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, The Darkness: Shadows & Flame), Rahsan Ekedal (The Crazies, Echoes), Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer, Magdalena), Sal Regla (Pilot Season: Murderer, Magdalena), Sheldon Mitchell (Pilot Season: Stealth, The Darkness), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Pilot Season: Alibi, Echoes), Rick Basaldua (Pilot Season: Stealth, The Darkness) and Ryan Winn (The Darkness). Additionally, Tyler Kirkham (Strykeforce, Witchblade Takeru Manga) and Phil Hester (The Darkness) will be appearing in various parts of the United States to celebrate the annual event.

Below are Top Cow’s full event plans for FCBD:

4 Color Fantasies - 7172 Archibald Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701 (909) 563-8751 : Creator: Rick Basaldua

Beach Ball Comics - 3024 West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804 (714) 826-6127 : Creators: Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla

Brave New World Comics - 22722 Lyons Avenue #6, Santa Clarita, CA 91321 (661) 259-4745 : Creators: Sheldon Mitchell

Collector’s Paradise - 7131 Winnetka Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91306 (818) 999-9455 : Creators: Marc Silvestri (1-3pm), Michael Broussard (12-3pm), Rick Loverd (12-3pm)

ALSO APPEARNG at Collector's Paradise: Marv Wolfman - creator - Teen Titans, Blade, Bullseye, Tim Drake, Black Cat, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Anti-Monitor and many more...Bill Morrison - co-creator Bongo Comics, artist - Simpson Comics and more..Joe Benitez - artist - Teen Titans, Soulfire, creator - Weapon Zero, Magdalena, Wraithborne...Peter Steigerwald - colorist, artist - Soulfire, Fathom, and more from Aspen Comics...Ray Friesen - kids graphic novel author - Another Dirt Sandwich, Cupcakes of Doom...

In addition to the great creator line up, the event will feature the annual "Sketches for HERO Initiative" fundraiser, where most of the artists featured will do $10 sketches for the fans, with 100% of the proceeds directly going to HERO Initiative, a wonderful charity that helps comic book creators in need. Collector's Paradise has been working with HERO for the last four years to make sure that those creators who need financial and medical help are taken care of. Kids are a big focus of Collector's Paradise' effort on FCBD. The event will feature an excellent Spider-Man in costume, a fantastic Balloon Artist, and several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.The event will be held at Collector's Paradise Comics & Cards from Noon to 7:00pm, with creator signings, Spider-Man and Balloon Artist from noon to 3:00pm.

The Comic Bug - 1807 ½ Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA (310) 372-6704 : Creators: Rob Levin, Rahsan Ekedal, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Ryan Winn

Daydream Comics - 21 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240 (319) 354-6632 : Creator: Phil Hester

Earth-2 Comics - 8967 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324 : Creator: Filip Sablik (12-2pm)

Hee Bee Gee Beez - 1968 N. Hill Field Road, Suite #2, Layton, UT 84041 (801) 392-5094 : Creator: Tyler Kirkham

Meltdown Comics - 7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 851-7223 : Creators: Michael Broussard, Rick Loverd (4-6pm)

New England Comics – Brockton Store - East Crossing Plaza 744 Crescent Street, Brockton, MA 02302 (508) 559-5068 : Creator: Ron Marz (10:30am-1:30pm)

New England Comics – Cambridge Store - Harvard Square 14A Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 354-5352 : Creator: Ron Marz (4-7pm)

You can peruse a list of creator signings in your area HERE... and a run down of the pretty pretty colored pages HERE. These are my picks for must have books...

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