May 5th, marked my first time experiencing Free Comic Book Day. For those who are unaware, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is held on the first Saturday of May each year. It is a promotion to get people out of their houses and into the comic book shops. Since I love art and reading, what better way to experience both at the same time than in a comic book? In the past, FCBD fell on a day when I was either at work or at an event. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to go out to a few local comic shops to check out this national geek holiday this year. Read on to see what my experience was like.
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Over the past 2 years, The Comic Signal has grown to become a home in West Michigan for comic book lovers and enthusiasts of all ages. You’re invited to help Don, The Comic Signal’s owner and founder, and his family celebrate the store’s 2-year anniversary with a daylong event filled with discounted products; more comics from Don’s basement (literally, he has an impressive collection of 29,000+ books at home); a meet-and-greet with multiple local artists, authors, and publishers, including some of our friends at Source Point Press; a game night featuring popular board games taught by The Comic Signal family; and plenty of photo opportunities with Supergirl, Batman, Batgirl, Thor and other members of the local charity group, The Cosplay Crusaders.
Schedule of events:
11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Artist Alley, featuring Peter Welmerink, Jon Alderink, Roger Scholz, Russ Slater, Ryan Cummins, and reps from Source Point Press
11 a.m. – Cosplay Crusaders assemble!
7-10 p.m. – Game Night
All day – discounted products
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