Your Guide to Free Comic Book Day in Metro Phoenix
Courtesy of Ash Avenue Comics. Get ready.
Comic book geeks of Metro Phoenix better get plenty of sleep on Friday night, not to mention waiting until Sunday to check out Iron Man 3. That's because Saturday, May 4, gonna be a red-letter day that's like a ink-stained, pulp-filled, four-color mashup of Phoenix Comicon, Halloween, and Christmastime. The annual celebration of Free Comic Book Day will be happening at retail shops both locally and nationwide.
And thanks to a bit of calendar synchronicity, Intergalactic Star Wars Day (a.k.a. "May the Fourth Be With You") also falls on Saturday. The upshot of which for fans of the saga is that many local nerd-related businesses will feting both occasions. We've scoured pretty much every collectors den, comic shop, and geek havens in town and have a comprehensive list of what you can expect this weekend. Consider it a rehearsal for Comicon.
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All About Books & Comics
This esteemed ink emporium, in business for more than three decades, will host a special appearance by cartoon and DC scrivener Adam Beechen (author of the graphic novel Hench and writer for such shows as Teen Titans and Rugrats). While one free comic will be doled out per person (sorry cheapskates), those who make a purchase of $5 or more get five free titles.
Owners Alan and Marsha Giroux also hope to collect contributions of clothing, bedding, and unused toiletries for Sojourner House and anyone donating gets a 15 percent discount on anything in the store. A $100 comics prize package will also be awarded to one lucky geek, free superhero face painting and balloon twisting takes place from noon to 3 p.m., and food trucks like Emerson Fry Bread and Mister Softee will be parked outside. Just don't get any dribbling on your new books. Runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dr. Fantasy Comics
The costumed heroes and villains of both the Arizona Avengers and the 501st Legion's Dune Sea Garrison will appear from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Dr. Fantasy Comics' festivities on Saturday. Besides a wealth of "amazing-super-fantastic-o" titles available for no charge, it will also feature "a super special secret" list of guest artists stopping by the store. The fun goes until 6 p.m.