Good news True Believers. This weekend will see the 15th iteration of Free Comic Book Day take over our city’s stores.
Best described as Christmas for comic book fans, the annual event sees stores give away free books to anyone who walks through their doors.
The event takes place this Saturday, May 7, at participating comic book shops across North America. There’s a selection of 50 free comics up for grabs with titles ranging from Captain America to the Suicide Squad alongside sci-fi hits such as Serentiy and Doctor Who.
In Vancouver, a number of shops will be celebrating with free books, special events, and guest appearances by creators. Read on below for a list of local stores who will be taking part in this year’s event.
Where: 128 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
What to expect: A gift bag for each person, door prizes, costume contest and store-wide sale. There will also be special guest appearances from the likes of Max Dunbar (Dungeon’s and Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate), Nathan Fairbairn (Batman Incorporated) and Diana Greenhalgh (X-Men Legacy).
Where: 852 Granville St., Vancouver
What to expect: This downtown Vancouver favourite is hosting a celebration of all things comic book that’s perfect for new readers and card-carrying fans alike.
Where: 2418 Main St., Vancouver
What to expect: To celebrate Free Comic Book Day this Main Street gem is taking 20% off all action figures, vinyl toys, and collectibles alongside 50% off of back issues and used books.
Where: 3518 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
What to expect: As if you needed an extra incentive to visit this Kits comic store for Free Comic Book Day, The Comicshop is also offering a special one day sale with 50% off back issues and 10% off all graphic novels, toys, posters and trading cards.
Where: 1792 Renfrew St., Vancouver
What to expect: Stop by this Hastings-Sunrise store to get your hands on some free comics this Saturday.
Where: 2945 Renfrew St., Vancouver
What to expect: A locals’ favourite The Connection Games & Comics is putting the cherry on the top of the Free Comic Book Day sundae with a special sale with select back issues for $0.50 each or 15 for $5, trade paperbacks and hardcovers 25% off, and toys and action figures 20% off
Where: 7161 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
What to expect: Come for the free comics, stay for the chance to pick up select trade paperbacks, toys and statues for up to 40% off. The store will also be hosting a day full of events including a Heroclix tournament and the debut and demo of The Batman Miniatures Game.
Where: 3618 East Hastings Street Vancouver