Captain America is currently fighting the good fight against the Winter Soldier onscreen, but if you’re like me, you’re going to be curious about the history between Steve and Bucky. Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) might be just the introduction you need to comics.
FCBD is held on the first Saturday in May every year – 3 May 2014 – and comic book stores around the world give away free comic books to anyone who visits. Cosplays are actively encouraged, by the way.
It began in 2002 and 12 years later is still going strong. The beauty of it is that it encompasses every part of the comics industry: retailers, writers, publishers, suppliers and distributors. In 2013 alone, 4.6 million comics were given away worldwide. The comics industry is in fact one of the few parts of book publishing that is still experiencing growth.
Kinokuniya at the Galleries Victoria prides itself on its large graphic novel section and FCBD is one of the stellar events on its calendar. Last year, the store featured guests like Greg Holfeld (An Anzac Tale), Jon Sommariva (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Madeleine Rosca (Hollow Fields) and David Yardin give their time in Artists Alley, while Scott Westerfeld was the guest of honour.
This year promises to be better. Events include:
Artists Alley: with 12 – yes, 12 – of the best Aussie artists, including David Yardin, Sorab del Rio and Don Ticchio (Silver Fox Comics), Marcelo Baez and Diana Thung. More guests are being announced on the Kinokuniya Facebook page and on my blog. Check back later today!
Dress-up/Cosplay competition: actively encouraged! Do your best and be in the running for prizes!
Comics 101: if you’re curious and it all seems a bit overwhelming, don’t worry – Kinokuniya also offers help and advice to anyone who is just getting into comics. Everyone really is welcome, no matter what your level of comics knowledge is.
After party at Luna Park: tickets are already on sale!
There’ll be the Cosplay Parade, and Ardella Cosplay and Black Cat have been scheduled as Co-MCs of the Cosplay Parade. Channel 10, Nova and 20th Century Fox are involved too! And if that doesn’t make you want to come, how about unlimited rides at Luna Park?!
There’s so much to look forward to, no matter what your age or level of interest in comics. There’s a rich history behind everything you see at the movies, Free Comic Book Day is a great chance to dive in and find out more!