A couple of quick items for Free Comic Book Day tomorrow that I thought were worth taking note of:
First off, to celebrate the recent release of The Perhapanauts: Triangle from Image Comics, my What’s Perhappenin’? column over at Comic Related is taking part in a Free Comic Book (Autograph) Event. And when I say “taking part,” I mean I made it up this morning and that’s why it’s just now being announced.
Anyway, any reader who buys The Perhapanauts: Triangle while they’re at their store on Free Comic Book Day should send it in with a receipt. Contact me at email@example.com for the address to mail your book and receipt to (since I don’t want to leave it here on the site), and we’ll return it to you, signed by Todd Dezago (and anyone who gets them to me fast enough will also get them signed by artist Craig Rousseau, as the pair of them will be together next weekend). Comic Related will pick up the postage, but we’ll need you to include self-addressed return envelopes so that we can simplify the process and minimize the mess for Todd and Craig.
Readers who don’t have a receipt can also participate, but will be shuffled to the bottom of the pile so that the people who can be verified as Free Comic Book Day customers will get first dibs. This is just a way for the creators to thank readers for their support.
Also, Mike Cavallaro, the artist behind IDW’s pitch-perfect The Life and Times of Savior 28, sent me a flier advertising an ACT-I-VATE event in New York City for Free Comic Book Day. The details are below:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 11:00am – 9:00pm
Bergen Street Comics Celebrates FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with exhibit of original art from local creators of the free online comics collective, ACT-I-VATE http://www.act-i-vate.com
6pm = exhibition launch PARTY w/ refreshments + multimedia presentation + live comics “Narrative Corpse” w/ members of ACT-I-VATE.com
470 Bergen Street
2/3 to Bergen Street
4/5, B, D, or Q to Atlantic Ave
M, N, or R to Pacific St
We open at 11:00am and will be giving out Free Comics all day.
At 6pm, Bergen Street Comics invites the public for refreshment-filled exhibition launch soiree as we toast ACT-I-VATE.com where every day is free comic book day.
Numerous local ACT-I-VATors will be present and will rock a live “Narrative Corpse” where one artist draws a panel of a comic then passes the pen to the next until a potent patchwork is produced. There will be a multimedia presentation at 7:30pm.
Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.
Bergen Street Comics is a new, local comic book shop located at 470 Bergen Street, owned by Tom & Amy Adams.
The exhibit will feature the work of ACT-I-VATE creators:
ACT-I-VATE, a webcomix collective conceived by Dean Haspiel, debuted February 1st, 2006, on the blogging platform, Livejournal, and featured the works of founding members Dean Haspiel, Dan Goldman, Nick Bertozzi, Michel Fiffe, Leland Purvis, Nikki Cook, Tim Hamilton, and Josh Neufeld. Since then, the collective has expanded by hand-picking cartoonists at a regular rate to achieve its current membership.
ACT-I-VATE features original, serialized graphic novels and is updated daily. ACT-I-VATE’s select artists produce their work without editorial oversight and offer their comix for free to an ever-growing audience of loyal readers. In addition to these high-quality comix, ACT-I-VATE is known for having lifted the veil between creation, creator, and reader by providing a forum for spirited dialogue between audience and auteur.