Updated on 16 October, 2021
Past Events 7 16th Street, New York. Free Comic Book Day, being held on the first weekend of May every year, is a great promotional effort for the North American comics book industry. All seven New England Comics bookstores are participating in Free Comic Book Day. These comic book store owners believe that if their customers spend money at their business on Free Comic Book Day each year they will show their appreciation and word-of-mouth advertising will bring them more customers.
The event is a huge hit with many readers who love comic books. This year there are more than thirty New England Comics participating. The retailers have put together a program that is centered around the event. It includes a wide variety of specials, a large assortment of books, no charge shipping and many super duper deals that cannot be found anywhere else. Retailers are using a number of different tactics to attract new arrivals. They are doing it by having great special offers and exciting new arrivals.
Among the participants in the "Free Comic Book Day" special include such comic book super stars as Scott Kurtis (superman), Warren Ellis (writer/coauthor) and Brian Wood (artist). Other participating retailers include: Comixaction, My World Comics, Diamond Comics, Midway comics, Vizi Books, Big Idea Comics and others. The event is promoted with banners, freebies and the traditional comic book store sales people pitches. The goal is to bring new customers into the store.
The "Comic Kitchen" at the Quinny (Co-op Shopping Center) is decked out to look like a popular television cooking show. This is part of the "Comic Shop Surprises" event, offering new arrivals the chance to try out the latest in chef themed comics. Items on sale are a Chef's knife, a cutting board, sous vide cookware set and some other fun kitchen gadgets. The event also includes comics from DC comics, Star Wars and more. You can buy any of these comics along with food and drinks at the "Quinny Market."
The "Great Comics Event of the Year" is a multi-day affair from Thursday through Sunday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the featured comics will be the long awaited return of Batman to the big screen in the Batman Movie. Other featured attractions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Cleveland History, and various musical performances by Cleveland's Rock bands the Killaz and the O'Jays.
In the "Quinny Free Comic Book Day" event, which runs from the evening of the previous weekend, special comic books will be given away to kids under the age of 12 at the designated locations. The participating locations are: the Plainfield Commons Park, the Plainfield Commons Kid Zone, the Quinny Square Business Association, the Plainfield Commons Senior Activity Center and the Plainfield Commons Library. At each location a new england comic will be drawn and given away. This event is part of the Plainfield Fest in honor of the Plainfield High School wrestling team, which has won the district three state titles. Each of these events are wrapped up with a free concert by local artists.
For those interested in more traditional new england comics, you can go to the "Quinny Free Comic Book Day" at the Plainfield Commons Park. Here you'll find DC comics, graphic novels, and lots of other new arrivals. Other attractions include face painting, games, free food and rides, and live music. You might even get to meet some local celebrities.
The months of September and October bring many events to both the Plainfield community and the rest of Plainfield and New England for that matter. At the start of the month, the New England Aquarium hosts a " Clowns With Balls " event. Kids can dress up as clowns entertain the children. Other events include a Bear Making Extravaganza, a New England Aquarium Benefit concert, a Days of Wonders Crawl, and more.