MAY 3rd 2014 IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Event Dates and Times
- Starts: 10:00 AM
5901 McPherson Rd Ste 2B
Contact: Chris Niles
A FREE DAY OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Worldwide Free Comic Book Day Comes to Laredo with Comics for All Ages!
Legacy Comics in Laredo is one of thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the biggest day in the comic book industry and comic art form, Saturday, May 3rd. On Free Comic Book Day, over 4.6 million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books!
“The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that readers of all ages — children, teens, and adults – can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations,” said Chris Niles, Co-Owner of Legacy Comics.
Celebrating its thirteenth year, Free Comic Book Day has proven to be a smashing success, spreading the word that comics are a terrific read. “Even if you have never picked up a comic book, stop into Legacy Comics, because you never know what you will end up finding.”
"We at Legacy Comics want to spread the word that comics are perfect for today’s times," Niles continued. "Comic books and graphic novels are considered a hot form of entertainment, that are fun and a smart pick for readers to dive into as imagination comes to life with the turn of every page.” Comic Books have propelled to the front ranks of pop culture, many being adapted into movies. The first Saturday of May has been and will continue being a big day in the comic book world.”
Niles also added, “This year we will be giving away over 5000 FREE Comic Books and will be hosting seven well known comic book artists!” The 501st Legion Skull Garrison will also be in the shop for photo ops with Star Wars fans. There will also be a costume contest and a sale.
“Every year FCBD just seems to grow in Laredo,” added Peter Mares, Media Manager for Legacy Comics. “This is our seventh year doing the event and lines get longer and longer. Last year’s was packed with eager families picking up some amazing titles.”
“I’m eager for this year with amazing artists coming,” Mares continued. “But I really enjoy seeing kids’ faces as they open up a comic and see their heroes or cartoon friends in their hands. Some of the first things I read were comics. I never stopped loving to read since.”
“Comics have become more and more popular over the years,” said Mares. “Many are being adapted into movies and TV shows. Besides just the Marvel and DC titles, you’re seeing Red, Kick Ass, Road to Perdition, and others making it onto film. People come in looking for the source material.”
The seven artists attending this years FCBD event are: twin brothers Lance and Cody Schibi, David Angelo Roman, Tom Nguyen, Paul Maybury, Carlo Barberi and Nick Pitarra.
Lance and Cody Schibi are twin brothers from Austin, Texas. Cody has worked on BullMoose, Drawing a Blank - The Art of Cody Schibi, and When the Evil Came. Lance has also worked on BullMoose, as well as, For the Title and Clean Hands.
David Angelo Roman is a classically trained artist, trained in Spain and Italy. He currently works with Guardian Knight Comics.
Tom Nguyen was born and raised in Minnesota and began drawing at a very young age. By the age of 19, he already broke into the comic book industry. His works include, Green Lantern, Batman, Ghostbusters, and X-Men Unlimited.
Paul Maybury is an award winning artist and writer. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Maybury has worked for a multitude of companies. His works include, Atomic Robo, Blue Estate, Strange Tales II, and Catalyst Comix.
Carlo Barberi is one great talent. Barberi has worked for both Marvel and DC on huge titles. Being from Mexico, he enjoys coming to Laredo and interacting with his fans. His works include, Deadpool, Justice League Unlimited, The Sensational Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, Gen13 and The Flash.
Nick Pitarra is a Texas native. He is a co-creator of Image’s The Manhattan Projects. Pitarra was runner up in the Wildstorm Talent Search. His work includes, The Red Wing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Astonishing Tales.
Regular updates, information about comic books, and a list of participating publishers and their free comics are all online at www.freecomicbookday.com.
Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10am and runs until 7pm at Legacy Comics, 5901 McPherson Rd. Ste 2B. Call (956) 723-4420 for more information.
For questions Chris Niles can be reached at (956) 236-3447 and Peter Mares can be reached at (956) 285-8252.