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On Saturday stores around the world will play host to Free Comic Book Day, the annual promotion designed to introduce new readers to comics by giving away no fewer than 33 different titles. (USA Today rounds up creators to discuss this year’s offerings.) Many retailers, of course, also sponsor signings and other activities as part of the event.
What follows is a rundown of just some of the creator appearances. For more signings, visit the FCBD website or follow the organization on Twitter. For details on event times, visit the stores’ websites.
Benton, Arkansas | Dustin Higgins appears at Autobot City Comics (111 S. Main St.).
Bellflower, California | Batton Lash signs at Metropolis Comics (16509 Bellflower Blvd.)
Los Angeles, California | Golden Apple Comics (7018 Melrose Ave.) features Scott Shaw, Jeff Nentrup, John Heffernan, Dave Server, Jackson Lanzing, Geoffrey Throne, Carly Mizzou, Greg Pak and Marc Andreyko.
Northridge, California | Earth 2 Comics (8967 Reseda Blvd.) hosts Mark Waid, JT Krul, Christopher Yost and Filip Sablik.
Pasadena, California | Stan Lee and Philip Tan sign at Comic Odyssey (319 S. Arroyo Parkway #3).
San Francisco, California | Nine-year-old creator Basie signs at Isotope (326 Fell St.).
Sherman Oaks, California | Sterling Gates, Sean Galloway, Ryan Benjamin, Ryan Odagawa and Todd Harris appear at Earth 2 Comics (15017 Ventura Blvd.).
Friday: WonderCon kicks off at noon at San Francisco’s Moscone Center South. The three-day convention features creator spotlights and signings, panel discussions, screenings and more (the complete programming schedule can be found here).
Special guests include Murphy Anderson, Sergio Aragones, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Colleen Doran, Mark Evanier, David Finch, Adam Hughes, Geoff Johns, Adam Kubert, Joe Kubert, Jimmy Palmiotti, Darick Robertson, James Robinson, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Kevin Smith, Ethan Van Sciver and Judd Winick.
Friday: Golden Apple Comics and Comic Book Resources play host to a cocktail party and book signing with actress-writer Felicia Day (The Guild) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.
Friday: For WonderCon attendees looking for evening fun, artist Dave Johnson is joining with Isotope owner James Sime for a tiki-bar crawl through San Francisco. It gets rolling at 8 p.m. at Bamboo Hut, 479 Broadway.
Saturday: Isotope and iFanboy present “100 Proof Hex,” a party featuring Jonah Hex collaborators Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Darwyn Cooke. The event will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at Isotope, 326 Fell St., San Francisco.
Today: At 2 p.m. PST Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, The Originals) will host a free webinar on Manga Studio, teaching aspiring and professional artists how to create illustrations using the software. Space is limited to the first 500 people who register here. More details can be found here. (Manga Studio is a sponsor of Robot 6.)
Friday: The third annual Comicpalooza opens at noon at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Comics guests include Phil Foglia, Rob Liefeld, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, David Malki, Humberto Ramos, Ben Templesmith, Ethan Van Sciver, J.H. Williams III and Bernie Wrightston. The event continues through Sunday.
Friday: Toronto Comic Con Wizard World kicks off at noon at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Comics guests include J. Bone, Adi Granov, Phil Jimenez, Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, Yanick Paquette, Gail Simone, Cameron Stewart, Ty Templeton and J. Torres. The event continues through Sunday.