You can't argue with the word free; all across the country, comic book stores will be offering free comics to customers sent in from major and independent comic publishers, and some of the big titles this year for giveaways are Teen Titans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Adventure Time, The Simpsons and Archie. But no two stores are created equal, so each stop will be offering something different. So behold the scoop of events and deals going down this year at some of our county's finest shops. Ka-Pow!
1. Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd, Anaheim
My Little Pony artist Amy Mebberson will be present for a signing at 11:30am. Costumers and cosplayers will also be there, showing up in cosplay is welcome too!
2. JNJ comics
11765 Edinger Ave, Fountain Valley
Free comic book day kicks off a month-long 20th anniversary celebration, where back issues are half price.
3. Comic Quest
23811 Bridger, Lake Forest
Accompanying sale, details are still in the works...
4. Comic Hero University
140 E Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton
4pm signing with Serenity comics artists Georges Jeanty. Cosplayer group The Capes will be around for photo opps, and customers will be able to make donations for Blue Cross.
5. Trinity Comics
18814 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley
50% sale on all back issues.
6. Comics Toons & Toys
13542 Newport Ave., Tustin
Comic artists Larry Welch, Ray-Anthony Height, David Winnick, Mike Vasquez, Abe Lopez, Parah Partington, Richard Garcia, Todd Nauck, and Dan Hipp will all be around for signings.
7. Comics Unlimited
16344 Beach Blvd, Westminster
Sales on graphic novels and comics.
8. Alakazam Comics
4237 Campus Dr., Irvine
Free Comic Book Day acts as a promotional event for the store's upcoming 20% off sale May 9th.
9. Phat Collectibles- 3 different locations:
1201 S Euclid St, Anaheim
Sales, cosplayers, and costume contests, with artists Marat Mychael, Danny Silva and Karl Alstaetter making appearances for signings.
10. Phat Collectibles La Habra
301 E Imperial Highway, La Habra
Sales, cosplayers and costume contests details being worked out.
11. Phat Collectibles Huntington Beach
16532 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach
Sales, cosplayers and costume contest details being worked out.
12. Amazing Comics & Cards
5555 E Stearns St. Ste 103, Long Beach
Store hours will be from 10am to 6pm. Event will include a raffle and a 25% off sale.
13. Zero To Hero Comics
642 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton
Buy two books and get the third book free. Sales on toy and deck boxes and sleeves, $1 comics are on sale for 50 cents, 50% off older trades, 25% off newer trades.
14. Biggy's Comics and Games
5110 Westminster Ave, Santa Ana
Opens 10am, big sales on everything from comic packs, to back issues to board games to collectibles, for every $10 you spend you'll be entered in the store's 3-year anniversary raffle.
Dollar bin comics are half-off, plus if you shop in costume you'll get a little something special as well.
15. Pulp Fiction
1742 Clark Ave, Long Beach
The store holds a food drive where the more you give, the more free comics you get.
2075 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa
First 3 people who sign up in advance for their super comic sweep event will get a small comic box and get to fill it up with as many back issues as they want, limited to members only. Sales on back issues, graphic novels, action figures, and new comics, half off sale on hardcover and softcover sections.
17. Big Red Comics
8290 On The Mall, Buena Park
Huge discount on entire store, comics and trades are 10% off. DJs will be playing the store too.
18. The Realm Games & Comics
1033 E Imperial Highway, Brea
Coloring contest for all ages, face painting, costume contest, sale on backstock comics, 20% off all graphic novels and toys. Cosplayers welcome.
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19. Nuclear Comics & Skateshop
28985 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel
Everything in the store is on sale, with local and famous artists coming in for signings. Details will be updated to the Nuclear Comics Facebook page.
20. Comic Book Hideout
215 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton
Sales going on, and from noon to 1pm R2D2 and Wall-E droids will be making a special appearance at the shop.
21. CornerStore Comics
980 E Orangethorpe Ave. Ste A, Anaheim
Free comics giveaway.