By Michele Brittany, West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
Where will you be next Saturday, May 2, or in other words, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?! If you live in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, or are within driving distance, than you will want to check out the first ever Blastoff ComicsFest, from 10 AM to 4 PM, sponsored by Blastoff Comics and Knitting Factory Entertainment.
“Free Comic Book Day has always been the greatest way to draw people in who might never have stepped into a comic book store,” Jud Meyers, co-founder of Blastoff Comics and recipient of the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award.
Blastoff Comics will offer just what you expect on FCBD: free comics and a place where you can meet creators, such as Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, The October Faction), Mairghread Scott (Windblade, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series), Joe Casey (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Miami Vice Remix) and others representing DC, Marvel, IDW, Image, Dark Horse, and many other publishers. However, the event will be also be inclusive of the neighborhood businesses – think block party for geeks!
“This year, we decided that in addition to our retail store having its usual festivities, we’d reach out to another venue, where scores of those very same people spend their time. Bring FCBD to them!” So now you’ll be able to enjoy some great food, drink and live DJ music alongside your favorite costumed heroes from the pages of comic books and the screen. There will also be “geek-inspired crafts, handbags, clothing and other merchandise created by talented, local vendors” according to Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon.
Meyers enthusiasm for the event contagious: “What better place than The Federal, one of the busiest and most popular restaurant/bars in Hollywood? And with the support of Knitting Factory Entertainment, we can create something we hope will last as a yearly tradition.”
This community event is also about helping others. Blastoff Comics will be selling figurines and holding an auction of original artwork from NEW Academy Canoga Park students and staff. The proceeds will go to help a number of non-profit organizations including City of Hope and United Cerebral Palsy.
“Our neighborhood is one of the fastest developing areas in Los Angeles, so we think expanding our reach outside of our four walls and creating a festival atmosphere can only be good for our city and comic book fans!” Meyers said.
Admission to Blastoff ComicsFest is absolutely free! Check out their Facebook Event page for the latest information.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company). She regularly posts reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage genre on her blog, Spyfi & Superspies and can be followed at Twitter @mcbrittany2014.