One of my favorite holidays is today- Free Comic Book Day! Nicki and I are about to head out on our FCBD road trip up into Memphis for the day.
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 across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *(Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.)
Many MSCA members will be on-hand at Comic Cellar (3620 Austin Peay Highway #2 Memphis, TN 38128 ph (901) 382-8623) on Saturday for FCBD.
Comics and Collectibles (4730 Poplar #2 Memphis, TN 38117 ph 901-683-7171) will also be participating in FCBD this Saturday. They have a 20% Off Sale, and you get one free FCBD comic for showing up, and one of each available with a purchase. Purchase more than $20 and you will get your choice of some selected HC books they are giving away! Supplies on this offer are limited, so be there early to take advantage!
Both stores will have other in-store promotions and sales that day, so be sure to check their websites and/or ask what’s up when you stop by. The comics aren’t free for the retailers, so please thank them for your free comic(s), or better yet- buy something while you’re there. I do!
And if you’re near Jackson, MS- the first-ever Brave-Con will be held at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS on May 4th, 2013. The Mississippi Braves have expanded their annual Sci-Fi Night to include the world of gaming, comic books, anime, and steampunk! The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. and last until the end of the Mississippi Braves game that night. Merchants will be set up around the concourse throughout the night. For the first year, Brave-Con will be a one-day event, but hopes are that they can develop it into an annual, weekend long event.
This will be a great opportunity to gather together and celebrate and share comic book and sci-fi culture with kids and families who may not have had an opportunity to experience it. Coinciding with National Free Comic Book Day, free comic books will be handed out at the gate. Also, Sci-Fi and Comic Book trivia questions will be asked throughout the night, with the first to answer correctly receiving a great Brave-Con prize pack! For those who are up to the challenge, the Super Ultra Mega Trivia Challenge will take place in the Farm Bureau Grill, beginning at 5 pm. Memphis artist Kimberly Dunaway will be there, too!
Not sure where there’s a participating comic shop in your area? Be sure to check out the CSLS Store Locator.
And for all of you Star Wars fans- “May the 4th be with you!”