We’re putting together a lot of information about Free Comic Book Day here in this one post for easy access to any and all the info you need about our event which happens right here at Stadium Comics on Saturday May 4th!
Q. What is Free Comic Book Day and why should I visit Stadium Comics on May 4th?
A. Free Comic Book Day is held on the first Saturday of May every year. Participating comic stores all across North America give away comics for FREE to anyone who enters there store on that day.
Free Comic Book Day is meant to promote and celebrate comic books as great literature for all ages, and a true art form.
Stadium Comics runs one of the largest Free Comic Book Day events in Canada. In addition to the free comics, the Brampton, Ontario comic shop brings in several guest artists and creators to sign and sketch for fans. Combined with the raffles and contests, and their biggest sale of the year, Free Comic Book Day at Stadium is one event that you don’t want to miss!
Q. When is Free Comic Book Day?
A. Free Comic Book Day runs from 9:30am-6pm on Saturday, May 4th at Stadium Comics. Here’s our address:
Shoppers World Mall
Brampton, Ontario L6Y 1N7
Q. Do I need to line up early?
A. In past years, we’ve had free comics well into the afternoon, but it’s hard to predict and the best free comic offerings go early. Also, our DOORCRASHER items below are very limited, and you’ll want to be there early for those. HELPFUL HINT – the mall generally opens their entrances at 8am!
Q. Who will be attending as guests?
A. We have about 16 creators showing up! They will be able to sketch and sign books for people in attendance. Visit http://www.stadiumcomics.com/fcbd for all the details!
- Ken Lashley – DC Comics’ Cover Artist, “Black Panther”, “Flash” (2pm to 6pm only)
- Marcus To – “Cyborg 009″ and DC Comics’ “Red Robin”, “The Huntress”, “Batwing”, more!
- Ty Templeton – Marvel Comics’ “Ultimate Spider-Man (animated)”, Batman Animated titles!
- Adam Gorham – “Teuton” Graphic Novel, “Undertow”, “The Vampire Conspiracy”
- Agnes Garbowska – “My Little Pony”, “Spider-Ham”, “You Me and Zombie”,
- Vince Sunico – “Shrugged” and “Jirni” Exclusive Covers, Spent Pencils Studio
- Joe Osei Bonsu – Spent Pencils Studio
- J Aaron Ong – Spent Pencils Studio
- Alvaro Cruz – Spent Pencils Studio
- Gemal Plummer – Spent Pencils Studio
- Mark Williams – Spent Pencils Studio
- Gen Ishihara – Spent Pencils Studio
- Shane Heron – “Black Hole Hunters Club”, “Mike Gorbsmith”, “Horror in the West”
- David Bishop – “Stranger”, “Deep Sea”, “Squirrels”, “Of Stone”
- George Todorovski – “The Bear Stories”
- Paris Alleyne – Independent artist
Q. Can I get them to sign books/sketch for me?
A. Of course! Guests will be happy to sign books. For sketches, please ask the artist in person. Depending on the guest, there may be a fee/donation required for a sketch. Guests will also have merchandise and awesome art prints for sale!
Q. What Books can I have for Free?
A. Great question! We’ve provided this handy little video for you below which shows all of the books that will be available on Free Comic Book Day. You can also check out the Free Comic Book Day website for info on each book.
Q. How many comics can I get for Free?
A. We ask that you only take 5 comics per person, and that you not take multiples of issues. Also, and this is important – you must be here in person to pick up the free books, we can’t let you take some for your friend or relative at home. We do this to be fair to the people that have actually come out to show their support, and so that as many people as possible who come to Stadium can enjoy free books!
Q. What’s the deal with the one-of-a-kind sketch covers that will be for sale?
A. The deal is that they are AWESOME. No seriously, they are! Check out this page for all the info on the limited sketch cover comics for sale starting at 9:30am Saturday May 4th. Cost is $29.99 each, limit one per person. First come, first served. Contributing artists are Vince Sunico, Paris Alleyne, and our very own Tiffany Medeiros! Here’s are some samples of what will be available from Vince Sunico:
A. That’s right – it doesn’t get bigger than this! Free Comic Book Day has become like the “Black Friday” of comic book sales. Here’s what we are doing to make it worth the trip out to Stadium on May 4th:
IMPORTANT: All sales exclude new releases, and items on hold in customers’ pull boxes
- 25% off all regular priced Graphic Novels, Hardcovers, and Trade Paperbacks – If we are out of stock of the book you are looking for, we’ll special order it for you at the sale price! (Prepayment required on special orders)
- Up to 75% off a huge selection of Discounted Marvel and DC Graphic Novels, Hardcovers, and Trade Paperbacks These are marked as:
- 2 for $12
- 3 for $12
- 2 for $20
- PLUS! Spend $50 on the above discounted books and get a free discount book!! (up to $11.99 value) Excludes Doorcrasher books
- 50% off recent Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Image, IDW and Indy back issue comics, PLUS: buy 20 or more, pay only $1 each! Reg price up to $4.25 only, this excludes “Batman” and “Amazing Spider-Man”.
- 20% off Selected regular priced Action Figures, Toys, and Statues
- 50% off all regular priced Variants
- 50% off all regular priced Blank Covers
- NO TAX on all in-stock CGC Books
- $9.99 for all regular priced Posters
PLUS: 2 for $15, 3 for $20!
- $9.99 for selected discount T-Shirts (prices as marked)
Q. What about these Doorcrashers?
A. They are amazing, they are awesome, and they are extremely limited! You’ll want to get here early for these guys. Once they’re gone they’re gone. Limit 1 of each doorcrasher per person.
DOORCRASHERS (Click to see the video!)
1. X-Statix Omnibus Regular $140 CDN, Now only $29.99!
2. Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Regular $140 CDN, Now only $29.99!
3. X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus Regular $140 CDN, Now only $29.99!
4. Wolverine by Jason Aaron Omnibus Regular $113 CDN, Now only $29.99!
5. Iron Man Extremis Pack Regular $54 CDN Now $9.99
6. Death of Ultimate Spider-Man pack Regular $88 CDN Now only $19.99!
7. Carnage Family Feud Pack Regular $28 CDN Now only $4.99
8. Brian K Vaughan Saga/Logan Pack Reg $40 CDN Now only $7.49!
9. Marvel Now #1s Pack Regular $55 CDN, now only $9.99!
10. Stadium Variants/All 52 Free Comics Pack – Buy our Stadium variants for $17.99, get EVERY FCBD book FREE! First 20 customers only!
Q. It’s also “May the Fourth” – how will you be celebrating that?
A. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! We’re excited that FCBD and Star Wars day are going to be on the same day. We’ve got some costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion that will be showing up for photo opportunities, and the guys from Teddy N’ Me will be demoing the Star Wars Deck Buidling game! We’ll also have some special Star Wars items available for purchase, as well as a Star Wars FCBD book!
Q. Will there be people dressed up in costume?
A. Yes! Cosplay has become such a huge part of comics culture. Norm Antonio will be here with some friends showing off his latest superhero designs from Heroes in Tights, as will Daniel Goodland and Troy Bowman in their Starwars costumes. We’re also told that twin Poison Ivys will be attending, and many more!. We hope some of YOU show up in costume as well!
Q. How are you doing this all in your tiny store?
A. We kind of take over the mall on May 4th. The doorcrashers, sale items, and free comics will be in our store. The artists will be in our artist alley in front of our store in the hallway. We are also taking over the former Game Stop (across from Pharma Plus) for our Star Wars Card Game, additional discount graphic novels, prizes, and more!
Q. What else can we expect on Free Comic Book Day?
A. Aside from the free comics, awesome deals, and the chance to chat with or get a sketch from some of the most talented artists working in comics today – we’ll have prizes to give away, balloons for the kids, and people dressed up in superhero costumes!
Q. I have a question you didn’t answer!
A. Feel free to leave a comment and we’ll answer your question below.
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!