Siike Donnelly writes for Bleeding Cool:
They say Christmas only comes once a year, but nerds know that's not true. Beyond getting healthy doses of comics, TV shows, novels, movies & more, there's a special day on the first Saturday of every May where we can all get our hands on some FREE COMIC BOOKS. This year, that day is May 3rd.
It's an event for all ages. Free Comic Book Day promotes literacy, puts comics in the hands of new & returning fans, and many stores will have comic book professionals at theirs locations to sign & sketch.
If you're in Los Angeles there are plenty of great places to visit; The Comic Bug, Geoffrey's Comics, Meltdown Comics, Emerald Knights, Hi-De-Ho Comics, Cool Cats, and of course, the world-famous, Golden Apple Comics.
Golden Apple is the place to be if you're a Bleeding Cool fan, Image/Top Cow fan, Simpsons fan, or OSSM Comics fan. Yep, shameless plugs will follow.
Ryan Liebowitz, owner of Golden Apple, has assembled an amazing lineup of creators who will be signing during FCBD:
* Marc Silvestri, the legendary Top Cow / Image artist & Rise of the Magi creator!
* Scott Shaw, the fan favorite Simpsons artist & cartoonist!
* Omar Spahi, the writer of OSSM Comics's THANIEL (and my boss)!
* And me! Siike Donnelly!
Omar is signing THANIEL and we will both be signing copies of Bleeding Cool Magazine, which has an OSSM Comics cover. Come for the signed Bleeding Cool, stay for an advance look at MONOMYTH, the new mini series I'm writing for OSSM this July with amazing art by Eric Ninaltowski. Seriously, you're gonna drool. I'll have napkins.
It's super cool for me to be signing copies of Bleeding Cool Magazine, my personal main source for all nerd news, and one I've contributed to for three years now. Plus, we're on the cover? What's that? Something on my nose?
Seriously, it's so great to be there promoting Thaniel (the first book I've been a paid editor on), at the store where I worked for 2 years, with Marc Silvestri, who along with Matt Hawkins, were my former bosses at Top Cow. Talk about your life coming full circle. This Free Comic Book Day is really special to me, bringing the last 3 years of my life all together in one event, the week before my birthday no less.
EDITOR NOTE: I should bring cake.
With the recent news from Hollywood Reporter that Brian Buccellato will be publishing FOSTER with OSSM Comics, and the Nerdist breaking Preview Pages of my new book MONOMYTH, and now this store signing at Golden Apple, I'm really proud of how far we've been able to take OSSM Comics in such a short time.
If you're in LA, please come visit us at Golden Apple Comics; support Bleeding Cool, support indie comics, support Free Comic Book Day. And if you've contributed to Bleeding Cool over the years, come down and sign my copy of Bleeding Cool Magazine. I like meeting others that help contribute to this site.
And please, no matter where you are in the world, visit a store near you for some free comics. Visit the Free Comic Book Day website to find a great event near you.
And if you don't live near a store, check stores for online availability, like New York's Midtown Comics has on May 5th, but be sure to order early.