On Saturday the stars of this summer’s biggest blockbuster movies will be showcased in some of the free comics handed out for Free Comic Book Day. Thor and Captain America share the spotlight in a book by Roger Landridge and Chris Samnee. And from DC Comics their newest big screen hero the Green Lantern has his own comic by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Andy Kubert.
There are so many comic shops hosting events on Free Comic Book Day May 7, 2011 how do you know where to go? Here is a list of seven stores in the Los Angeles area to check out:
Manhattan Beach – The Comic Bug
This event is highlighted by huge sales, live superheroes, sketches and autographs from some of the industry’s top talents.
Come in and meet “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola, “30 Days of Night” creator Steve Niles, Marvel Animation guru Chris Yost and many others.
West Hollywood – Golden Apple Comics
There will be a 20% off everything parking lot sale with free hot dogs and free Green Lantern Tea.
Here you can meet: Robert Kirkman creator of the “Walking Dead” and “Invincible”, Jason Howard, Walter Koenig, Marc Andreyko and others. Check website for appearance times.
Sherman Oaks and Northridge – Earth-2 Comics
At both locations in Sherman Oaks and Northridge meet Geoff Johns and Jeph Loeb two of the biggest writing stars in comics today who are also heavily involved in getting the comic properties on TV. Also at both locations artists Todd Brocasso Harris and Justin Rodrigues will be doing free sketches. Johns and Loeb will be at the Sherman Oaks location from Noon to 2 PM and Northridge from 3 PM to 5 PM.
Come and get the Earth-2 exclusive Green Lantern/Flashpoint comic and while supplies last a Green Lantern Heroclix.
Pasadena – Collector’s Paradise
This will be Collector’s Paradise’s biggest sale of the year: All back issues in the bins will be $0.50, buy 1 get 1 free graphic novel sale and lots more.
Come and meet comic creators Len Wein, Jim McCann, JT Krul, David Peterson, Mark Sable, Sheldon Mitchell, Tess Fowler, and Rick Basaldua.
Los Angeles – Meltdown Comics
Meltdown will be giving away free posters, awesome prizes and other great stuff. There will be a gourmet grilled cheese truck on hand.
Come and meet “Mouse Guard” writer and artist David Peterson and “Dark Crystal” writer Brian Holguin and at 4 PM sit down for a conversation between Joshua Filakov and Kody Chamberlain as they discuss their new noir comic from Image Comics “Echoes and Sweets.”
Canoga Park – Collector’s Paradise
Here you will find costumed superheroes, the biggest sale of the year and a gourmet food truck. Also for a $10 donation get great sketches from artists to benefit the Hero Initiative.
Superstar creator appearances include: Whilce Portacio, Tomm Coker, Tone Rodriguez, Kody Chamberlain, Ray Friesen, Chris Moreno, Tony Fleecs, and Joshua Fialkov.
For more on the free comics visit the Free Comic Book Day website