It’s the most wonderful time of the year again for comic book geeks! Tomorrow, May 4th, is the first Saturday in May and is also known as Free Comic Book Day. This internationally celebrated geekfest gives everyone the chance to pick up some FREE COMIC BOOKS as well as meet extremely talented comic book creators from Singapore and beyond! Now in it’s third year here, we’ve got everything you need to know in order to make the most of your day.
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For the third year running, Books Kinokuniya leads the way in promoting geek culture!
In fact, their Free Comic Book Day celebrations start a day earlier – TODAY! – with the special appearance of Adam Glass at their main store in Ngee Ann City! Fans will have the rare opportunity to meet the outgoing writer of DC Comics’ New 52 Suicide Squad. Glass is also writer and executive producer on the long-running cult series Supernatural for the past three seasons. He actually got his start in Marvel Comics, co-writing three miniseries, Luke Cage: Noir, Deadpool: Suicide Kings and Deadpool: Pulp with Mike Benson, all of which are also available in the store. Here in Singapore for the first time, Glass will be signing from 7.30pm till 8.30pm tonight so don’t miss this opportunity to welcome him to our country!
On Saturday morning, Kinokuniya will be giving away a set of free comics (it is not stated how many comics are in each set) to all Kinokuniya Privilege Cardholders at all three of their Singapore stores! Their main store in Ngee Ann City is the place to be however, with events planned to last the whole day from 10am till 5.30pm.
If you’re an avid photographer, or if you’re an awesome parent, you’ll want to drop by and meet the cosplayers! Our friends from the Neo Tokyo Project will be there between 10am to 12noon, followed by members of the 501st Legion – Singapore Garrison between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, and last but not least, our friends from FightSaber will be around between 4.30pm and 5.30pm after celebrating Star Wars Day earlier at Nanyang Polytechnic.
If you’re a fan of local horror (and really, what true blue Singaporean isn’t?) then be sure to drop by at 2.30pm to catch the official launch of THE GIRL UNDER THE BED and meet the creators of this quirky graphic novel, Dave Chua and Xiao Yan. Pick up the book for S$20 and get their autographs! The book is the latest offering in the graphic novel imprint of publishers Epigram Books.
All Kinokuniya events will be at the Crossroads section of the store.
Books Kinokuniya (main store)
391 Orchard Road
#03-09/10/15 Ngee Ann City
Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Over at Invasion! Toys and Collectibles in Funan Centre, three talented artists will be making appearances in the shop.
Shawn Yap, has created two quirky prints for the event, one inspired by Marvel Comics’ latest movie Iron Man 3, entitled “The Iron Butlers” and the other inspired by Marvel’s future blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy, entitled “We’re Da Guardians, Mate!” and features the soon to be classic line “Drax is not Hulk”.
Keatopia aka Ong Ean Keat will be selling a print of “Bleeding Edge Armour” which won the Grand Prize in the Threadless Iron Man Challenge. The artwork is a collaborative effort with his wife Eunice Xu who digitally coloured over Keat’s pencils and inks. It features a dynamic Iron Man beating down the larger Iron Monger. You can also buy his sketchbook at $25 each.
Last but definitely not least, the uber-talented Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, co-founder and Creative Director of Imaginary Friends Studios, will be working on a black cover of Action Comics #1. It’s rare to see him at work, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity.
In addition to the guest artists, Invasion! will also be running some special promotions including a FREE hardcover Iron Man: Extremis, the story arc that inspired Iron Man 3 when you spend above $100 on Iron Man-related products in store and, if you buy any DC Comics hardcover or trade paperback item from the store, you get a Justice League of America #1 State Variant cover of your choice, FREE. This is on top of some crazy comics sales, so get ready to spend!
Invasion! opens at 1pm, but the festivities only begin at 2pm.
Invasion! Toys & Collectibles
109 North Bridge Road
#05-36 Funan DigitaLife Mall
Rounding out this year’s Free Comic Book Day celebrations is GnB Comics, which is bringing in three artists from Indonesia.
Sunny Gho is most well-known internationally for his frequent collaborations with superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu, most recently as colorist on Yu’s 5-issue run on Indestructible Hulk. Sami Basri used to do the covers and interiors for both Power Girl and Voodoo among others. Garrie Gastonny‘s detailed line work can be seen on this Batman collaboration with Sunny Gho, which will also be sold as a print.
Lucasfilm animator Guo Junwei has designed these adorable Avengers and they will be sold as a postcard set or as individual prints.
At 5pm at The Cathay, Handy Road, these will be joined by Singapore-based artist Ray Villegas, who will be selling some very epic prints including this one of Iron Man vs the Mandarin.
GnB Comics will also have their cover price promotion on their trade paperbacks! That is, whatever price is indicated in US dollars, you pay the same numeric amount in SG dollars! It’s a real bargain!!
The store in Rochor Centre opens at noon.
Well, that’s it for Singapore’s celebrations this year! Remember to plan your route and collect as many FREE COMICS as you can!