Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. I am tired and do not want to go over what that means. What comics are available. What shops and stores are participating and what they are doing to celebrate. Go search for yourselves, you will be happy you did.
It is that wonderful time of the year, the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day. This year it is on May 7th.
There are 50 different comics this year to choose from several different genres and publishers. Comics include offerings of Archie, Bob’s Burgers, Bongo Comics, Boom sampler, Marvel’s Civil War II, two Dark Horse sampler, Doctor Who, ROM, Suicide Squad, Valiant, Pokémon, 2000 AD sampler, Assassin’s Creed, Attack on Titan, Bruce Lee, Captain America, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Con Man’ Spectrum, DC Super Hero Girls, Love and Rockets, Grumpy Cat, Lady Mechanika, Devil’s Due/1First mixtape, Overstreet Comic Guide, Phantom, Pink Panther, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Spongebob Square Pants, Stan Lee, Strawberry Shortcake, Street Fighter, Tick, One-Punch Man, Aspen Comics, and several others for both adults and kids.
Stores doing something special for the dare are Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Riflemen in South Charleston will have a meet and greet with Daniel Boyd; Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton will have JR Earls doing sketches, Pokemon TCG tournament, free hotdogs, and major discounts are items; Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton is having 10% off sale and costume contest at 11am; Comic Paradise Plus2 in Morgantown will have an appearance by Chad Cicconi; Comic World in Huntington is having a big sale and costume contest; Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna will have a Dungeon Crawl Challenge with Dwarven Forge 3D dungeon, a costume contest, board games, Magic and Pokémon tournaments, and discounts; Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown with Steve Younkins and bring in non-perishable food items to get more free comics.
Other places taking part are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Castle in Beckley, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown, Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.
So mark your calendars and plan your attack of shops. If you are a comic fan, a newbie, or someone looking to get back into it, this is a good day to get some samples.
International Games Day @ Your Library is an initiative to reconnect communities through libraries around games brought together with the American Library Association and other library systems from around the world. Over a thousand libraries around the world will take part in this program. This year’s IGD is on Saturday November 21st.
Companies donating kits to libraries this year are Konami with the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game demo, USAopoly with Reverse Charades, YummyYummyYummy with Nommons: Math Universe and Calcuquest, Steve Jackson Games with Trophy Buck and Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Looney Labs with Choose One and EcoFluxx, and Paizo with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Now your library may not have gotten any of these kits. Feel free to bring your favorite games to share with all. Dryden Press is offering a free introductory copy of their Big Damn Dryden RPG to all who take part in IGD.
There will also be the International Minecraft Hunger Games set up by the Ann Arbor District Library. Your library might be one of the districts for this tournament against other libraries. BallyHoo Games is giving promo codes to their new iPad/iPhone game Zombie Heat to 25 libraries.
Check your local library to see if they are taking part in this event, or if they might be doing their game day early. Libraries that I found on the IGD map include Kanawha county libraries, New Martinsville, Morgantown, Martinsburg, Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, Vienna, Fayette County, Summersville, and Clarksburg.
If you have some time this Saturday, stop by to check out the gaming and be part of your community.
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This Saturday October 31st, Halloween, it is another chance to get free comic books from the people who bring you Free Comic Book Day with Halloween Comic Fest.
There are comics from Action Lab Entertainment, Aspen, DC, Drawn & Quarterly, Marvel, IDW, Zenescope, Viz Media, Archie, and Graphic India. Plus mini comics from Magnetic Press, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, Famous Monsters, Action Lab, Archie, IDW and Perfect Square. There is horror, superheroes, manga, kids stuff, and more.
To enter their costume contest, first get one of the comics. Then take a picture of yourself in costume holding it, upload it to the site with a short description, and then promote to all.
There are five categories to enter: superhero/comics, TV/movie, horror, gamer, and original. Two grand prize winners (one adult, one child) will be randomly selected to win a $500 shopping spree at a participating Comic Fest comic shop. Two from each category (one adult, one child) from each category will also be randomly selected for a $100 shopping spree. The two contestants (one adult, one child) from each category with the most votes will win a prize pack from the Halloween Comic Fest sponsors.
Check the site to see where you can pick up some comics. Most shops will most likely have their own plans to help celebrate the day. Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton will have a costume contest at noon. So will Comic Paradise Plus2 in Weston and Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown. Spoiler Warning Games and Comics in Danville will be showing Hocus Pocus with refreshments. Comic World in Huntington will have candy.
Good chance to stop by your local comic shop for some fun, comics, and friends. Oh and do not forget to find something to buy too so that you are not just a mooch.
Halloween ComicFest is like Free Comic Book Day, only it is the Saturday before Halloween and features more scary and horror related comics. That means this Saturday October 25th.
There will be full size comics from Archie, DC with Batman, Avatar Press, Zenescope Entertainment, Action Lab, Marvel Comics, Aspen, IDW with MY Little Pony, Abstract Studios, and Viz Media. There are also mini-comics, smaller size but same great taste, with Angry Birds, Betty & Veronica, Boom! Studios, Little Battlers Experience, Mermin, Plants Vs. Zombies, and Vamplets.
There is also a costume contest to go along with the event. To enter, pick up one of the free comics, take a picture holding one of the comics in costume, upload your photo in one of five categories (comics, TV/movie, gamer, horror, original), write a short description, and then share your photo with others to get votes. Two random grand prize winners will win $500 shopping spre at a participating comic shop. Two random winners in each category will win a $100 shopping spree. The two costumes that receive the most votes in category will also receive a Prize Pack from one of the Halloween ComicFest Sponsors.
Location that are participating include Lost Legion Comics & Games and Books A Million in Charleston, Purple Earth Comics and Comic World in Huntington, Four Horsemen Comics &Games in Morgantown, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Your Hobby Place in Martinsburg, Lost Legion the Vault in Parkersburg, and Lost Legion the Castle in Beckley,
Another great reason to go visit a local shop, hang out and meet some new people, get some comics, and maybe pick up something while you are there.
Time for more news on special screenings going on across the state.
For those of you who missed the Doctor Who season première yesterday, or just want to see it again, it will be in theaters tomorrow Monday August 25th at 7pm, or 9:30pm in select locations so check with your local one.
This showing will feature not just the twelfth Doctor’s first story, but will also have an exclusive prequel scene and a behind the scenes making of feature.
It is through Fathom so it should be through all the regular theaters you see Rifftrax and other special events through.
Clara is alone in Victorian London with a man she doesn’t know, a dinosaur in the Thames, and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustion. The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.
You can dress up for the event, but they ask that you do not wear anything that covers your face, bring a prop weapon, accessories (including sonic screwdrivers), or anything that conceals what you are carrying.
On Tuesday, the Marshall Campus Activities Board is holding their First Outdoor Cinema event at Buskirk Field They will be showing, I think, the new Godzilla movie starting at 7pm.
You will need to bring your own blankets and/or chair to see the movie. It is free with a Marshall Student ID.
And I have been able to get some info on the Ghostbusters return to theaters for its 30th anniversary. It looks like it will only be showing in WV in Nitro on August 29th and 30th. It will play several times throughout the day so plenty of chances to catch it. The WV Ghostbusters Division will be there as hosts and to raise money for charity so stop by for a chat and some pictures.
Some more movies on being showed around to check out.
The Kanawha Players Theater has another classic movie viewing Friday (July 11) at 10pm. This time it is Spooks Run Wild with Bella Lugosi and is part of East Side Kids series of films. In this one the boys are sent to mountain camp, hear about a killer on the loose, and end up at Lugosi’s mansion. A comedy/horror film for all to enjoy.
Tickets are just $3 and concessions will be sold.
The Orpheum Project presents Trek in the Parking(ing garage) with The Menagerie Pts. 1 and 2. The one where the pilot episode of the series is shown to the current crew of the Enterprise.
It is this Saturday, July 12th, at 8pm at the parking garage by the Cabell County Public Library.
Water and Cracker Jacks will be provided to all.
The Clay Center’s Sci-Fi Film Series, using the planetarium screen, continues with Brazil and Fahrenheit 451.
Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s Oscar nominee Orwellian future, will be shown at 7pm Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th. Fahrenheit 451 is based on the Ray Bradbury novel tells of a firefighter who burns books for living. It will be shown on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at 7:30pm.
Both films are just $6 each.
For fans of anime, the latest Dragonball Z movie Battle of Gods is getting a limited release in theaters on August 5, 6, 7, and 9. Some of those are in state. The movie will be shown at the Morgantown Mall Cinema, Bluefield Cinema, and the Teays Valley Stadium (just five minutes from where I live). Check your local theater for times and admission costs.
The movie is about a god who comes to Earth looking for a good fight and for Goku it is Tuesday.
Go out and see some fun movies.