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Free Comic Book Day Crawl

Cross-posted with Northern Virginia Geek Club

It is that time of year again. The time of year when geeks all over the country flock to their local Comic Book Store, forming lines before they open to get the best of the best. That's right...It's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY !!!!!

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

What is "Free Comic Book Day?"
As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

When is Free Comic Book Day?
Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May each year.

Are they really free?
Yep! Different shops have policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating shop location. Check with your retailer for their policies and plans for FCBD.

How many comics do I get?
That will depend on a lot of factors: How many comics does the shop have to give away? How many people visit that day? How many people got there before you? What are the shop's FCBD policies? The answer to this question will depend on which shop you go to and when. We encourage you to view the shop profiles on our FCDB Shop Locator service for more detailed information, or call you local retailer directly and ask them their policies for FCBD.

What is a "Crawl"??
Normally considered, or associated with, "Bar Crawls" or "Pub Crawls" are when you try to go to as many as possible. In other words, we'll start early in the morning at one of the stores, and then travel as a group to the various stores participating; then probably hitting up lunch and a film afterwards.

PLEASE NOTE: I do not know the area well enough to make a schedule for the day, so if anyone wants to help me out, I'd greatly appreciate your assistance. Also, I need help determining whether we need to consider driving, or if we'd be ok with public transportation for the day. Leave a comment if you have any ideas. More details to follow as they get sorted out.

IMPORTANT: If any of you have any connections with any of the stores, participating, please let me know as we've had fun in the past. Here is how we did it in South Florida:

http://www.sflsocialgeeks.org/free-comic-book-day-2011-wrap-up/

Based on Google Maps, I think I've laid out a good route for us.  If you have an feedback, suggestions, comments, or thoughts, please let me know.  More details regarding meeting location and timetable will be forthcoming later this week.

  1. EG Comics
    142 Maple Ave W
    Vienna, VA 22180
  2. GameOn Comics
    310 Dominion Rd NE
    Vienna, VA 22180
    (2 min drive, .5 miles)
  3. Big Planet Comics of Vienna
    426 Maple Ave East
    Vienna, VA, 22180
    (4 mins drive, 1 mile)
  4. Hole in the Wall Books
    905 West Broad Street
    Falls Church, VA, 22046
    (11 min drive, 5 miles )
  5. Victory Comics
    586 S Washington St
    Falls Church, VA 22046
    (20 min drive, 9 miles)
  6. [OPTIONAL]
    The Sci-fi and Fantasy Book Club Laser Tag Meetup in Springfield
    http://www.meetup.com/SFFBookClub/events/110568082/

    Shadowland Laser Adventures

    1304 King Street
    Alexandria, VA, 22314
    (11 min drive, 6 miles)

    ***NOTE- If you want to attend #6 make sure you RSVP for their group event WITH THEM and pre-pay THEM in advance.  That is a completely separate meetup from mine.  It just happens to coincide on the same day.  In order to make it, however, we may have to skip one of the stores or spend less time in them.

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  • Marc

    Follow is on Twitter to see where we are going next. If we're in your neighborhood come stop by and say hi. #novafcbdcrawl

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't have a twitter lol

      May 4, 2013

  • Marc

    About a minute away. Wearing my South by Southwest shirt in Florida Panthers hat.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sitting in the main room by the window, coffee and panda backpack

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm here

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      a bit early :/

      May 4, 2013

  • Marc

    We're going to meet at 10:30

    Seasons 52 in Tyson's Corner
    7863L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102

    They have awesome flatbreads that should get us in and out around 45 minutes.

    May 3, 2013

    • Marc

      Correction. EG Comics will open around 10:30 so I'm moving the meeting to

      Corner Bakery Cafe at 9:30am
      2001 International Dr.
      McLean, VA 22102

      May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ugh you're making me get up early lol

      May 3, 2013

  • Marc

    Don't forget, if you are going to Laser Tag afterwards, you MUST RSVP and Pre-Pay with this Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/SFFBookClub/events/110568082/?_af_eid=110568082&a=uc1_vm&_af=event

    May 3, 2013

  • Marc

    Where should we meet? I've heard Silver Dinner, Cheesecake Factory, Corner Bakery...? I was kinda thinking brunch-ish.

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      wherever is fine by me just post an address please

      May 3, 2013

  • Bob

    May 2, 2013

  • Marc

    I need to get a final count for this event. If you are not going to be able to make it, please change your RSVP.

    Also, please let me know whether or not you are also going to be attending Laser Tag.

    We are also going to need drivers, at least one that is going to Laser Tag and one that is not.

    Please let me know if you are interested in being a driver and how many your car can seat.

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      good news! im in

      May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With the Capitals now scheduled to play at 12:30 on Saturday, I now have to work. Sorry everyone.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    holy crap! i just realized you guys are in VA /facepalm

    April 29, 2013

    • Marc

      Does that mean you are not going to joIn us?

      April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I dunno depends on if my friend is still in

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • Marc

    Since it looks like most places open around noon, what are your thoughts on meeting at Tyson's Corner and having a quick lunch before we leave? That way, people can leave their cars in a central location and we can carpool. However, in order to do that, I would need to know how many of you are planning on going to Laser Tag afterwards and who isn't. That would definitely help me out.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so where are we starting?

    April 21, 2013

    • Marc

      I'll be sorting that out this week and should be letting everyone know by Fri or Sat of this week. Thanks for asking.

      1 · April 22, 2013

    • Marc

      If you have a suggestion, I'd be happy to listen to it.

      1 · April 22, 2013

  • Bob

    Roxanna has some good additions. There are a few more listed online at www.nerdc.net/community (under Retailers). There are also several comic book groups listed on that page (under Social Clubs) that might be interested in joining the crawl.

    April 4, 2013

    • Bob

      That would be me.

      April 9, 2013

    • Marc

      Is there going to be an organizers meeting any time in the near future?

      April 10, 2013

  • Marc

    Can someone add me either as "Event Host", or an "Assistant Organizer" so I can make changes and work with this (& other events i've posted)? Thanks in advance.

    April 10, 2013

  • Marc

    I've created a publicly editable Google Doc for us to work with:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnJ0tovdxlj9dG5JSkRZUy0xN1MyckNhNTRsSGVfQ3c&usp=sharing

    Please add your suggestions there by the end of this week, Friday, April 13th.

    April 8, 2013

  • Marc

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I'm really thrilled at the feedback from all of you.

    Based on my experience, we're looking at probably only hitting up 3-5 stores, and it would be ideal if they are fairly close. I don't know the area well enough so if someone is willing to step up and help me coordinate the plan, it would be greatly appreciated. (I live in Pentagon City.)

    If Victory Comics is on the FCBD website, and it says they are participating, and you've contacted them, and they're interested in working with us, I'll be happy to talk with them. Just tell me who I should speak with.

    Also keep in mind that this is the weekend that Iron Man 3 comes out, so we maybe be ending the event with that + dinner.

    Finally, I'd like to keep the crawl to around 20 people. More than that, people can get cliquish.

    Sidenote: As I learned from my last FCBD crawl, this is most definitely a KID-FRIENDLY event. Feel free to bring them along, but I hope they don't get bored.

    April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Victory isn't terribly far from Vienna. You could do the four stores in Vienna and also Hole in the Wall on the way to Victory. Just a thought.

      April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Woops. Three stores in Vienna. Can't count. On my break from taxes.... too many numbers!

      April 5, 2013

  • Chrissy Bachmann M.

    There is also Phoenix comics. Two locations one in Fairfax near George Mason U and one out in Leesburg.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    After being a member of the group for nearly 10 months, I think I can actually make this event! YES!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Bob

    Victory Comics also helped us out with Can't Stop the Serenity so a shout out to them would be appreciated.

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also participating on the VA side of the river are:

    LAUGHING OGRE COMICS
    10647 Braddock Rd
    Fairfax, VA, 22032
    (703)[masked]

    GAME ON! COMICS
    310 Dominion Rd Ne
    Vienna, VA, 22180
    (703)[masked]

    EG COMICS
    142 Maple Avenue West
    Vienna, VA, 22180
    (703)[masked]


    BIG PLANET COMICS OF VIENNA
    426 Maple Ave East
    Vienna, VA, 22180
    (703)[masked]

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Bob

    Would you mind to add Alliance Comics in Silver Spring? They were a sponsor of last year's Can't Stop the Serenity and we'd really appreciate the shout out on both Meetup pages. www.alliancecomicsonline.com

    April 4, 2013

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