With HULK and The Avengers SMASHing our box office (see what I did there?), geek culture has never been so in demand, and there’s no better time to bring out that significant other, sibling, cousin, niece and nephew, classmate, colleague, random dude you’re trying to impress on a quest. For freebies.
That’s right, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is held every year on the first Saturday of May, and today is the day when stores give out comics FOR FREE. Some participating outlets are even giving massive discounts up to 60%. So join us as we tell you how to make the most out of today!
Disclaimer: The following itinerary is a personal recommendation by HereBeGeeks and we will not be responsible for any changes made to the schedule by the respective participating stores.
If you are a Books Kinokuniya Privilege Card member (and honestly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be), then enjoy a 20% discount on all comics of all languages at all three stores (Takashimaya, Liang Court, Bugis Junction) on the island! Also, while the official website did not mention any specific location, we understand you can also get your FCBD comic book bundle (it is unclear how many comic books are inside) bright and early by presenting your Privilege Card. We recommend visiting the main store at Takashimaya when it opens at 10am!
Books Kinokuniya (main store)
391 Orchard Road
#03-09/10/15 Ngee Ann City
Takashimaya Shopping Centre
But don’t spend all your money at Kino because Harris Planerds is offering discounts of up to 60% on almost everything in the shop! That’s right, with the exception of magazines, gift vouchers and certain nett-priced items as determined by the staff, everything else is on sale. Simply buy SIX or more items to enjoy the maximum 60% discount. Of course, if you don’t mind a lower discount then you can buy less items, but honestly unless you foolishly busted your budget earlier, there should be no reason not to take full advantage of the massive discount. We recommend getting to Planerds as early as possible, they open at 10am.
As for the free comics – non-Planerds members get a random bag of three comics, while Planerds members get a whopping TWELVE random comics in their bag, so don’t forget your Planerdteer card! Especially if, like us, you’ve been a Planerdteer for a WHOLE YEAR! That’s right, Planerds will be turning ONE year old on Monday, May 7th!
And then, opening at noon, the soft launch of Paradigm Infinitum‘s graphic novels section! We recommend getting there as soon as the clock strikes twelve (which should be no problem since they’re just across the road from Planerds) because once they open, they’re giving you up to TEN proper comic books (not the official FCBD ones, but ACTUAL comic books released in 2010) FREE. For more details on what comics you can get, check out our earlier post, but if you’re too excited to leave this page, we highly recommend getting Jason Aaron’s Wolverine at least.
We also love Paradigm Infinitum (PI) because they’re Singapore’s premiere board and tabletop gamers so naturally they’ve brought in the Marvel Heroic RPG Basic Game as well as the Marvel Heroclix Avengers movie Starter and Booster packs to tie in with FCBD!
When you’re done at PI, double back to Planerds across the road at [email protected] because you don’t want to miss the likes of brilliant artists Wendy “Mashi” Chew and Rudy Ao, who will be there from noon to 6pm, taking on commissions and wowing you with their talent. We seen both in action and they are amazing! Mashi’s chibi-inspired artwork, in particular, is always a crowd pleaser, so do come down and support them! If you spend $150 in one receipt at Planerds, you get a FREE sketch from either artist! How’s that for making your money work for you!
If you’re a big Star Wars fan (and honestly, who isn’t!) then head back to Kino at Takashimaya and join members of the 501st Legion at Kino from 2pm to 4pm for photo-ops and other Stormtrooper hijinks. With that, you’re done for the Orchard leg of FCBD, so head down to Bugis and meet some more artists!
We’ve already posted earlier about how GnB Comics continues to bring in big names in the industry and this year it’s no exception. DC Comics’ artists Nicola Scott and Ardian Syaf are in town to bring some star power. They’ll be on hand from 10am till 4pm at the Bugis shop to sign autographs. Also, the now-traditional Cover Price Graphic Novel sale will last till 4pm, so if there’s still some books left unchecked on your wishlist, this is the place to get them.
If you’re late to the party, don’t fret! The GnB FCBD celebration continues at The Cathay from 6pm onwards.
Last but definitely not least, also celebrating FCBD are Invasion! Toys and Collectibles, recently moved to Funan DigitaLife Mall. Creator of graphic novel “Jack Doe: Anonymous” Shawn Yap will be at the store selling prints and taking comissions. Shawn’s got a pretty diverse portfolio, so be sure to drop by Funan and support local talent! For example, if you’ve been wondering about the cute Avengers artwork that headlined this article, it’s by this guy! Who also did this X-23 sketch to the right! Pretty cool stuff created solely for this event, so don’t miss the opportunity!
While you’re there, marvel (pun totally intended) at the wide range of comic book inspired collectible toys and statues on hand! If you can imagine it, Invasion! probably has it.
Invasion! Toys & Collectibles
109 North Bridge Road
#05-36 Funan DigitaLife Mall
Thanks for reading this far! Enjoy Free Comic Book Day 2012, Singapore!