Comic book junkies, there are multiple treats for you this weekend in the way of Free Comic Book Day events, several of them within grasp in Baristaville.
Free Comic Book Day is a tribute to the genre, which has grown exponentially since the adventure days of Superman, the Man of Steel (introduced in 1938), to include thought-provoking slices of life, science fiction and gripping drama. The day usually falls on the first Saturday of May, when participating stores across the US will give away comic books free. Do check with your local stores about participation guidelines and rules.
In Bloomfield, stop by the Comic Book Market, where NYC-based Jacob Chabot, X-Babies artiest, and creator, writer and illustrator of The Mighty Skullboy Army (a comic that was nominated for an Eisner in 2008) will be on hand to chat about his work and Marvel’s X-Babies.
Another special guest will be Gregg Schigiel, also based in NYC, who has done cartoons and illustrations for Marvel, Nickelodeon Magazine, Disney Adventures Magazine, and works as an illustrator for Nickelodeon. Responsible for those SpongeBob SquarePants illustrations on consumer products and packaging, Schigiel also wrote the X-Babies mini series.
And over in West Orange, there’s a Comic Book Day at the Library which has been an annual event since 2002. Take your pick of a free Gold Sponsor comic book donated by Time Warp Comics of Cedar Grove at the children’s department, while supplies last.
At Comic Book Market, Bloomfield, NJ
When: Saturday, May 1 all day
Who: Fans of all ages
What: Visit and get a free comic book and great deals. And see the talented NYC-based illustrators and writers, Jacob Chabot and Gregg Schigiel
Where: 28 Washington Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
At West Orange Public Library, NJ
Who: Comic book afficionados.
What: Get a free Gold Sponsor comic book donated by Time Warp Comics of Cedar Grove when you visit the Children’s Department
Where: 46 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
When: Saturday, May 1, while supplies last.