Happenings: Free Comic Book Day, May 1, 2010

Having the handy dandy resource of ‘Links to Retailers in Canada‘ over there on the right side of the page, I took a tour of the interweb to see what stores are advertising a special Free Comic Book Day event. Yes, I clicked every store link.

Note to Retailers: if you would like to have your special event listed, send us an email retailers@joeshusterawards.com. The inclusion of the listing will be at the editor’s discretion.

British Columbia:

High Octane Comics & Collectibles
Address: 250 Third Avenue, Kamloops, BC, V2C 3M3
Telephone: 250-377-8444

Local radio station 97.5 the River on location for the morning, and will be handing out random door prizes and a grand prize raffle.


Elfsar Comics & Toys
Address: 1007 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5T4
Telephone: 604-688-5922

Confirmed Special Guests:
Camilla D’ Errico
Diana Greenhalgh
Steve Rolston
Toren Atkinson

Publishing guest of honor:
Jeff Ellis and Cloudscape Comics


Golden Age Collectables
Address: 852 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1K3
Telephone: 604-683-2819

Print out a copy of their FCBD coupon and get a free Graphic Novel. (Only on Free Comic Book Day.)


Address: 4307 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB, T2G 0A3
Telephone: 403-286-0544

Special Guests:
Marcus To
Fiona Staples

Door prizes between 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Costumed guest artists will visit throughout the day.


Happy Harbor
note: HHv1 has moved to 12226 – Jasper Ave, T5N 3K3

All the HH family of stores will be hosting roller girls, wrestlers and local artists.


Comic Readers note: As of April 28th CR Downtown will be moving to 2125 11th Ave, Regina.

Both Saskatchewan locations of CR will be hosting Chad Boudreau to sign his new book, Acts of Violence. He’ll be at the south store from 10am – 1pm, and the downtown store from 2pm – 5pm. 128 pages.


8th Street Books & Comics
Address: 1006 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0R9
Telephone: 306-343-6624

Special Guest:
Tom Grummett


Stadium Comics & Sportscards
Address: 499 Main Street South, Brampton, ON, L6Y 1N7
Telephone: 905-451-3751

Special Guests:
Ken Lashley from 11am-6pm
Alex Milne
Agnes Garbowska
Marcio Takara
George Todorovski
Chris Hatzopoulos
Vince Sunico
Arnold Trinidad
Norman Antonio

Free balloons for the kids! Raffle tickets will be given with purchase for a chance at some amazing prizes. Participate in Brampton’s Best Undiscovered Comic Artist – in partnership with Visual Arts Brampton. Best Costume Contest – come dressed up for a chance at winning a prize. Silent Auction – Place your bid on amazing items, with proceeds going to support the Hero Initiative!


Silver Snail Comics Ltd
Address: 367 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A4
Telephone: 416-593-9433

Special Guests, local boys and creators of the recently released Kill Shakespeare:
Connor McCreery
Anthony Del Col
Andy Belanger
Kagan McLeod


Big B Comics
Address: 1045 Upper James Street, Hamilton, ON, L9C 3A6
Telephone: 1-888-272-8831

Special Guest:
Greg Hyland


The Dragon – Old Quebec Street Mall
Address: Unit T12 – 55 Wyndham Street North, Guelph, ON, N1H 4E2
Telephone: 519-763-5544

Special Guests:
J. Torres – 2006 Joe Shuster Award winner, 6 time nominee
Scott Chantler – 3 time nominee

The Comics for Kids Award sponsor will host two fantastic guests who create all-ages comics. Also being given away are preview copies of the Allison Dare preview booklet, getting you ready for the Allison Dare relaunch from Tundra Books. Exclusive to the Dragon.

4 Colour 8Bit Comics & Games
Address: 348 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 1B6
Telephone: 613-542-1200

Special Guests:
Ronn Sutton and Janet Hetherington will be at the store between 12:00 noon until 5:00pm for signings.

Vince Deporter will be sketching and signing from 10-4.


Lookin’ For Heroes
Address: 93 Ontario Street South, Kitchener, ON, N2G 1X5
Telephone: 519-570-0873

Special Guests:
Mel Taylor and Richard Zajac will be appearing from noon – 3 pm


London, Ontario – most of the local stores will be participating in their annual passport event. These stores are: L.A. Mood, Heroes, Comic Book Collector, NeoTokyo & World’s Away.

What do they do? Pick up a passport at one of the above stores. Visit each of the participating stores on FCBD, get your ballot stamped and drop it off to win one of over 25 prizes!


L A Mood Comics & Games
Address: 350 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 3C3
Telephone: 519-432-3987

FM96 broadcasting live between 11-1. Listen to FM96 during the next week for special L.A. Mood giveaways.

20% off New Issues, 50% off Regular Back Issues, 25% off Premium Back Issues, 30% off Graphic Novels, 30% off Toys and Statues, 25% off RPG’s, Board Games, Minis & Clix


Pulp Comics
Address: 4413 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 2L2
Telephone: 905-353-0666

Show up in a costume to be entered into a raffle


Worlds Collide
Address: 80 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, L1G 4S2
Telephone: 905-436-8999

The Durham Comics Guild will be on hand.


Paradise Comics
Address: 3278 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4N 2L6
Telephone: 416-487-9807

Special Guests:
Leonard Kirk
Ty Templeton
Richard Isanove
Hilary Leung


Librairie The 4th Wall
Address: 18 – 940 boulevard Saint-Jean, Pointe-Claire, QC, H9R 3K2
Telephone: 514-505-1015

Special Guests:
Karl Kerschl
Karine Charlebois


Address: 931, boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent, QC, H4L 3M3
Telephone: 514-744-9494

Special Guests:
Cameron Stewart
J Bone


Titan Gaming
Address: Suite 10-3106 Third Ave, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 5G1
Telephone: 867-668-5750

Choose 3 comics each from over 25 different choices. Great comics for all ages, young kids to adult focused. Bring your family and friends!

In addition there are the following specials:
ALL Back Issue Comics 50% Off
ALL Graphic Novels 20% Off

Get a Hot Dog, a medium Slurpee and a Kid’s Comic for only $5.00


3 thoughts on “Happenings: Free Comic Book Day, May 1, 2010

  1. Thought you might be interested in the fact that Mariko Tamaki will be at the Festival of Words in Moose Jaw July 15-18, 2010. She wrote the graphic novel “Skim” and the drawings were created by her cousin Jillian Tamaki. She will be discussing the collaborative process and will also be doing a powerpoint presentation.
    Check out our website http://www.festivalofwords.com for more information on Mariko Tamaki and the other authors participating in the festival this year.

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