Free Comic Book Day!!!!

Free Comic Book Day Logo 2

A long time ago, in a Fandom far far away, lived some Geeks who invented a great Force.  This concept quickly was christened Free Comic Book Day, and all was wonderful.  Falling upon the first Saturday in May, young and old could congregate and scoop up the freebies sent out by all sorts of comic publishers.

Last year, with @AinslieKeith and @Taliana83, I went to my first Free Comic Book Day.  It was great fun and made me realize all the Geekery I had missed out on over the years.  Shame filled my heart.  Despair darkened my soul.  And now I am cured.

So this year I set out for Free Comic Book Day!  Which was fittingly held on May The Fourth!  Cue the Star Wars Ewoks music!

FCBD 2013 Excalibur SignI started off by heading to my favourite LCS, Excalibur Comics.  I picked up some copies here, but unfortunately, due I think to his second floor location, they did not have all the jubilations other stores might have.

Next stop on my journey is Gotham Central.  I have never been to this shop before, but I have heard quite abit about them.  Immediately upon finding the place, I bump into my brother @davidtgriches, who was on his third (or was it fourth?) store of the day.  His chauffeur/Kato for this leg was my dad, who quite enjoyed seeing all the costumes.

FCBD 2013 Gotham Central sign 2Once inside, I picked up another whack of free comics and peruse the back issue bins.  Based on countless recommendations, I decided to get a copy of Marvel’s Hawkeye #1, the fifth or sixth cover variant of it.  This would be the first Marvel comic I have bought since Civil War #2.  Maybe all is finally forgiven by me for the awful idea they did there?

I also managed to find some Peanuts comics I have missed in the last year.  My Googliebear has always been a big Snoopy fan and I hope these issues satisfies that reading itch for awhile.

FCBD 2013 Gotham Free ComicsAfter another stop or two, all put of my “honey do” list, I finally capped off my travels with a visit to a local Geek (and Nerd!) friend of mine.  @Rebeccahh95 has received many books and comics from me over the last few years, some as loans and most as keepers.  With my recent Comics Purge complete, I dragged a box over to her and front loaded the box with stuff I KNEW she would want.  Aren’t I a stinker?  By the end of the visit, over half of the box would now resided in her capable Geek hands.  Her Gail Simone Batgirl love is now supplemented with a complete set of Gail Simone Wonder Woman.  My Jedi mental powers sense much happiness for her and her haul.

With this, I headed home and started into my pile.  My Free Comic Book Day gets?

Free Comic Book Day 2013Superman from DC.

Infinity from Marvel.

Mouse Guard from Archaia (first exposure to this one).

Molly Danger from Action Lab (heard about this one online).

Marble Season from Drawn and Quarterly.

Some comics are new to me, some comics are unknown to me, but that is kinda the point isn’t it?  All to get us Jedi’s to try something different.

All to expand the Force!

Scoopriches

…is currently reading Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston.

FCBD 2013 Gotham Front of store

FCBD 2013 Gotham Back To The Future

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2 Responses to Free Comic Book Day!!!!

  1. David T.G. Riches says:

    It was my fourth store of the day being Pendragon, Excalibur, Planet Hobby, Gotham Central, Red Nails, Comics & More on Danforth, Atomic Age comics on Pape, Silver Snail, Hairy Tarantula Original, 401 Games, One Million Comix, BMV Books, and The Labrynth, before calling it a day.
    Here is the list of stores participating in Free Comic Book Day in the Greater Toronto Area for 2013. If people missed it this year they may want to check it out at Halloween or next year or better yet just drop in and say “Hi.”

    BMV BOOKSTORES
    471 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S1X9
    (416) 967-5757

    THE LABYRINTH
    386 Bloor St West Toronto, ON, M5S1X4
    (416) 840-4506

    THE BEGUILING
    601 Markham Street Toronto, ON, M6G2L7
    (416) 533-9168

    COMIC BOOK LOUNGE + GALLERY
    587A College St Toronto, ON, M6G1B2
    (647) 345-1035

    1,000,000 COMIX
    531 Yonge St Toronto, ON, M4Y1Y5
    (416) 934-1615

    HAIRY TARANTULA COMICS & CARDS
    354 Yonge Street 2Nd Floor Toronto, ON, M5B1S5
    (416) 596-8002

    SILVER SNAIL COMICS
    367 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5V2A4
    (416) 593-0889 329 Yonge St, Toronto

    GOTHAM CENTRAL COMICS & COLLECTIBLES
    5170 Dixie Road Unit 102 Mississauga, ON, L4W1E3
    (416) 347-7112

    EXCALIBUR COMICS
    3030 Bloor St West Etobicoke, ON, M8X1C4
    (416) 236-3553

    RED NAILS II.
    18-A Jane Street Toronto, ON, M6S3Y2
    (416) 762-7899

    PENDRAGON COMICS & CARDS
    3759 Lake Shore Blvd W Toronto, ON, M8W1R1
    (416) 253-6974

    GREY REGION/PLANET HOBBY INC
    100 City Centre Dr Unit 1-213 Mississauga, ON, L5B2C9
    (905) 897-5470

    IMAGE COLLECTIONS
    181-A Queen Street South (Mississauga Road)
    Easy 2 Find – 5 Blks South Of 401 On Miss. Rd
    Streetsville, Mississauga, ON, L5M1L1
    (905) 542-8307

    AOD COLLECTABLES
    3136 Cambourne Crescent Mississauga, ON, L5N5E7
    (416) 809-7067

    A&M COLLECTABLES aka The Comicbook Warehouse
    20 Strathearn Ave. #15/16 Brampton, ON, L6T4P7
    (905) 799-3509

    STADIUM COMICS/SHOPPERS WORLD
    499 Main Street South Unit 104 Brampton, ON, L6Y1N7
    (905) 451-3751

    COMIC BOOK CONNECTION
    44 Centre St N Brampton, ON, L6V1S8
    (905) 459-2665

    PLANET X
    2227 Queen St Toronto, ON, M4E1E8
    (416) 698-8950

    ATOMIC AGE BOOKS
    497 Pape Ave Toronto, ON, M4K3R1
    (416) 778-5131

    COMICS & MORE
    1325 Danforth Avenue Toronto, ON, M4J1M8
    (416) 778-8314

    PAPERBACK EXCHANGE
    659 Mc Cowan Rd Scarborough, ON, M1J1K2
    (416) 439-3045

    AK SPORTSCARDS & COMICS
    3850 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto , ON, M1T3L4
    Agincourt Mall
    (416) 292-0954

    RED NAILS/BLUE RIBBON
    50 Clancy Drive Willowdale, ON, M2J2V8
    (416) 493-0881

    CYBER CITY COMICS
    1025 A Steeles Ave West Toronto, ON, M2R2S9
    (416) 667-7592

    HEROES WORLD COMIC SHOP
    8601 Warden Ave Unit #13 Markham, ON, L3R0B5
    (905) 948-1949

    PENDRAGON COMICS & USED BOOKS
    154 Main Street Markham N Markham, ON, L3P1Y3
    (905) 205-0204

    KAOS KOMIX
    4 A Levendale Rd Richmond Hill, ON, L4C4H2
    (905) 508-5890

    Woodbridge Heroes
    3901 Highway 7 Woodbridge, ON, L4L8L5
    (905) 264-1058

    Paradise Comics
    3278 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M4N 2L6
    (Four Blocks North of Lawrence Station)
    (416)487-9807

    The Comic Connection
    146 Kerr Street, Oakville Ontario, Canada
    (905) 338-2209

    COMIC CONNECTION – OAKVILLE
    490 Speers Rd Unit 1
    Oakville, ON, L6K2G3
    (905) 338-2209

    CONSPIRACY COMICS
    233 Cross Ave
    Oakville, ON, L6J2W9
    (905) 339-4545

    ALTERED STATES COMICS
    1701 Lakeshore Rd W.
    Mississauga, ON, L5J1J4
    (905) 855-1288

    Now the full list of Free Comic Book Day titles is approximately 53 comics with some stores supplementing from last years left overs or with other extras.

    BONGO FREE-FOR-ALL
    DH STAR WARS CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT AVATAR
    MARVEL COMICS INFINITY
    ITS AN UGLY DOLL COMIC & OTHER STUFF
    KABOOM SUMMER BLAST (NET)
    SESAME STREET & STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
    SPONGEBOB COMICS FREESTYLE FUNNIES
    SUPERMAN SPECIAL EDITION
    THE SMURFS
    TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES
    WALKING DEAD SPECIAL (Net) (MR)
    WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST

    2000 AD SPECIAL
    ABSOLUTION THE BEGINNING (Net) (MR)
    ACTION TIME BUDDIES
    APHRODITE IX #1
    ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS
    AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK AGENTS OF SMASH #1
    BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE
    BUCK ROGERS
    CAPSTONE PRESENTS MR PUZZLE
    DAMSELS
    DC NATION SUPER SAMPLER #1
    DISNEY FAIRIES
    DRAGON BALL & RUROUNI KENSHIN RESTORATION
    ENDANGERED WEAPON B
    FANTAGRAPHICS PRINCE VALIANT
    FINDING GOSSAMYR STUFF OF LEGEND
    FUBAR SPECIAL (Net) (MR)
    GRIMM
    HARBINGER WARS SPECIAL
    JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS
    KELLERMAN L AMOUR SAMPLER
    MARBLE SEASON
    MASS EFFECT KILLJOYS RIPD
    MOLLY DANGER / PRINCELESS
    MOUSE GUARD / RUST FLIP BOOK
    NFL RUSH ZONE SEASON O/T GUARDIANS
    OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE
    PIPPI LONGSTOCKING COLOR SPECIAL
    RAMAYAN RELOADED PREVIEW
    RATED FREE FOR EVERYONE CROGAN ADV & MERMIN
    SCRATCH 9
    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN FLIPBOOK
    STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE PREVIEW
    STEAM ENGINES OF OZ
    STRANGERS #1
    THE RED TEN #0
    THE TICK
    TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB
    VALIANT MASTERS SHOWCASE ED
    WORLDS OF ASPEN
    NECA/WIZKIDS MARVEL HEROCLIX MOVIE IRONMAN 3 FIGURE

    Truly there is something here for everyone and to not try to show that can leave you wondering is that all there is to it. Unfortunately not everything is available everywhere and many will disappear fast. So the best idea is to grab a friend and go early and go often.

  2. David T.G. Riches says:

    Oh and it was the 12th annual Free Comic Book Day this year.

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