I thought originally I would go through the Canadian shops and give an update on what they were doing for FCBD, which is this Saturday, but then it dawned on me that just about EVERY comic shop across the country was likely doing SOMETHING, so if wherever you are this Saturday, make sure to go and give your local shop some love and grab some free comics. Or if you are traveling, see where the closest shops are to you and make a point of checking them out. Or if you are lucky enough to live in a community with many shops, grab some friends and organize a “shop crawl” and visit all of them.
Some stores will just have a selection of free comics available, while others have planned various events and activities, including sales, tournaments, barbeques, parties, as well as signings with Canadian comic book artists and writers. This is a media friendly event, so many stores will be mentioned in local newspapers and on some television affiliates.
But in order to help you connect with the Canadian stores closest to you, here are the links to our lists of Canadian stores by province, not just the ones listed on the Free Comic Book Day website but all Canadian comics sellers that we are aware of. If you follow the links below, you’ll find that the listings are broken down alphabetically by city within that province, and then alphabetical by store name within that city or town.
Robert Haines, our associate director, will be at the Dragon in Guelph, ON where Jay Stephens is slated to appear. Some members of the 501st Legion will be there as well.
I will be at the Comic Book Lounge in Toronto, ON where Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, Ty Templeton, Marco Rudy, Mike Del Mundo, Raff Ienco and Gibson Quarter are scheduled to appear. There will be face painting for kids. In the evening Ty Templeton will be hosting a talk show/panel called “On the Couch” and the participants include Ty, Ken Lashley, Scott Chantler, Mark Askwith and Will Pascoe.
The nominees for the Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer Award will be announced here on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th.
Please feel free to send us your pictures of any FCBD events to firstname.lastname@example.org