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Free Comic Book Day 2013

It is that time of the year again! "Free Comic Book Day" is a single day, the first Saturday in May each year, 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. This year is extra special since it lands on May the Fourth (be with you), which coincides with the yearly greeting day for all the Star Wars fans out there.

SPECIAL SIDE NOTE: Comics & Beer Discounts!
Here is a special announcement posted on the comic book store Facebook page:

FOLKS! We're partnering up with Societe Brewing Co. for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Show them any one of the comics you've picked up from us on May 4th and get $1.00 off your drink! Hot books and cold drinks...what else could you ask for? Check out their page!!!

The brewery is located in the same business park as Southern California Comics and we could possibly stop by there on the way to post shopping lunch time (see information below).

When should I arrive at the store? What will we do when we get there? Here is the itinerary I have in mind for the day. We will meet at the comic book store in Kearny Mesa at 10AM when the store officially opens. Hopefully this will allow enough time for everyone to wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee and hit the road. I would love to meet all of the fellow comic book readers in this meetup group. I would be interested in hearing about your favorite characters and which series you are currently reading. The store does close at 5PM, but we probably will not be staying for the entire day. There will also be a face painting booth for those who have kids they would like to bring to the event. Word on the street says there will be an exclusive Walking Dead free issue that will be printed just for this year's Free Comic Book Day.

Will there be food at the event?
Yes! Two gourmet food trucks have signed on to furnish food for the event. Artisan Pizza and Mangia Mangia Mobile will both be set up to sell food to attendees.

Is there plans for an "after party" to help wind down from the event? Upon the conclusion of our venture through the store we can stop by Lolita's Restaurant (Kearny Mesa) for a late lunch (or early dinner) for further commiserating and discussion of our comic book purchases. This place has plenty of room for large groups and the menu is very affordable (ex. $2.75 for a bean and cheese burrito). Here is a Google map link for the store location: http://goo.gl/maps/N6ggF. The restaurant is one mile west of the comic book store. (Driving Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/LWXGs)

Why the location in Kearny Mesa and not some other comic book store? The reason why I have selected Southern California Comics (www.socalcomics.com) for the venue is the huge inventory they have in stock in addition to the specialty booths they have set up in the parking lot every year for Free Comic Book Day. I will post the details of the specialty booths here as soon as they list the details on their website. The booths usually display collectible items like toys and magazines from years past. Think of it like going to a swap meet or flea market just for comic nerds, so bring your cash with you if there is any intention of buying that Captain Picard figurine you always wanted to include in your collection. Not only will there be the free comics set out by the publishers, but Southern California Comics might be adding to the stock of discounted comic issues that might be of interest to you. Plus they always have their famous dollar issue room for you to rummage through for hours on end.

How do I even find my way to the store? The comic book shop resides in an industrial park and I have pinned the Google Maps link here (http://goo.gl/maps/FkR9R) so that you can see exactly where the store is located. It's within a block or two west of the 163 freeway at the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard exit, which is centrally located in the county for easy accessibility by everyone.

How much money will this event cost me? The answer to this question is entirely up to you! There will be a selection of free comic books for you to choose from with no catch and no minimum purchase. However, if you do plan on buying regularly priced merchandise then you can buy as much or as little as you want. Have a little bit of cash with you just in case! If you buy merchandise directly from the store itself you can use your credit card or debit card, but they have a store policy of $10 minimum to pay with your card. The booths in the parking lot will be cash only transactions.

Special discounts and sale items.
Discounts will include half off all regularly priced dollar books, dollar DVDs, card sets, and toys, and a selection of $5.00 trades.

Event Website: http://www.freecomicbookday.com
Comic Shop Website: http://www.socalcomics.com/
Shop Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/socalcomics

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  • DJ / D.

    Video recap of the event with cameo appearances by Marisol, Valerie, and myself. http://youtu.be/InwuM5bQtsg

    May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dj I didn't see you or Marisol?

      May 18, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Go 52-seconds into the clip and you'll see the back of my ugly head and Marisol is standing to my right. She's tiny and could be accidentally overlooked amidst the crowd.

      May 18, 2013

  • Jim M.

    How did it go? What did you get? What did you get?

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Got a few pulp weird science comics free, some star wars pez dispensers and a pretty cool Flash Gordon compilation. It was so old the dude didnt know what to put for publisher in his log.

      1 · May 4, 2013

    • Serg

      This is my third year going, event is getting pretty big. I spoke to Dallas, Suzie and Marisol and some new faces. Dallas knew what he was doing he pointed me to the 50 cent comics and I was there digging for comics for almost 2 hours. I missed lunch with you folks, I was bummed out about that. I bought a Supergirl action figure, and bought my usual stack of female heroine comics including Wonder Woman, She Hulk and Super girl and some other cool books. I came home with some great stuff, and a lighter wallet. I did buy an old Comic book legal defense fund propaganda-like poster. It is awesome, and will hang up soon. Any day I can nerd out is a good day.

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Joseph O.

    Great use of Meet ups, fun group & look forward to the next one.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Ash G.

    Ahh I wish I could have gone :( hopefully I get to finally meet some of you guys soon!

    May 4, 2013

  • Joseph O.

    Plan B: Societe for my discount on beer!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Joseph O.

    @ Dominique, those pictures are pretty cool, actually.

    May 4, 2013

  • Joseph O.

    For those at the event, as well as at Lolita's, I'm wearing the purple Batman hat. Feel free to say hi if you see me. I came early for the comics already but am coming back in a half hour to hopefully meet some of you guys.

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Everyone left Lolita's, :-/

      May 4, 2013

    • Joseph O.

      Boo. Thanks for the heads up though. Next time...

      May 4, 2013

  • John O.

    I was there with the kids, sorry I couldn't find you guys, but it went over welk with the little ones.

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dang, kid beside took the last xman series I was eye balling. Was gonna trade him but protective parents might call security on me

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Saw robin girl! We're heading to comickaze now. Then Sipz for real vegan food. We'll swing by lolitas...maybe

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're heading there now. Late but stores open till 5ish. When is everyone meeting at lolitas?

    May 4, 2013

    • Joseph O.

      How long is everyone planning on sticking around there?

      May 4, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      I am on my way back to the shop and will be there in a couple of minutes.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Errr!! Why does it seem like rest time I try and do something with you guys something else of importance comes up! That's life! Well nothing's gonna stop me from going to IM3!!

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Do not worry. You will get to meet us one day and it will be fun.

      May 4, 2013

  • Joseph O.

    Awesome event. There was no way to find anyone amongst all the people, though. Very cool, though and I got a GANG of comics obviously.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first event. How will we know who's who?

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Thank you, Susie!!

      May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be great. I'm horrible with recognizing faces from pictures.

      May 3, 2013

  • Michelle K

    Sounds fun but I have to do other stuff

    May 2, 2013

  • John O.

    so im not exactly sure... is there a time people are planning to hang out somewhere?

    May 1, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Store opens at 10AM and that is when I will be arriving. After the vast majority of us are at the store and have shopped through the store we may head over to a nearby restaurant for more hangout time.

      May 1, 2013

    • John O.

      i read that, just wasnt sure if any defiate plans had been made. look forward to see y'all there :-)

      1 · May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tempting...will think about this

    April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've been Eye-Balling ComiKaze beside my Fav Vegan Join Sipz....so I might hit that up as well!

      1 · April 28, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Knock yourself out! Comikaze is smaller in size (in terms of floor space) so it will definitely feel more crowded. I ended up going to both stores last year and noticed they were carrying a couple of different Free Comics issues from one another.

      April 28, 2013

  • Kelianne

    I'm so excited!!

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can probably head over by 10 am as I have plans the rest of the weekend but will be heading in that direction.

    April 22, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Hopefully you will be able to stop by when the majority of us are there shopping so that we can all met you.

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    damn honeymoon

    2 · April 20, 2013

    • Jim M.

      You didn't plan your honeymoon around free comic book day? And you call yourself a nerd... ;)

      1 · April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They have free comic book day in new orleans too.

      April 22, 2013

  • Luke

    I have to attend my girlfriend's graduation ceremony. Oops.

    April 22, 2013

  • Luke

    I'd probably be in favor of doing 10am. Some of the best stuff goes fast!

    April 8, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      Ya, knock yourself out for arriving early.

      April 8, 2013

    • DJ / D.

      I decided to switch the event start time back to 10 AM to allow the early birds to check in via Meetup.

      April 8, 2013

  • Steve Z.

    Rock on a perfect reason to restart my colection.

    2 · April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    soo stoked

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • DJ / Dallas changed the time from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    April 8, 2013

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