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Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, Jacob Chabot, Annie Wu, Chrissie Zullo, and many more sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Come out an help us celebrate our 30th anniversary serving the Triad as the area’s original and largest comic specialty store! Now in its 11th year, FCBD 2013 at Acme will give you the opportunity to try out 52 different titles, meet with more than a dozen comic creators, take photos with your favorite costumed heroes, and try your hand at trivia contests with the biggest door prizes in town!
You might wonder how we can improve on our internationally recognized festivities, but we’ve got a few ideas and partners to strive and top ourselves!
*We’ve ordered in excess of 32,000 books this year, over 5,000 more than 2012, all to be given away for FREE!
*Learning from last year’s temporary rain-out, we’ve waterproofed and cooled off the Sketch Cave by housing it in the brand new Acme Comics Presents location next to the main store, so you can duck in and get a break from the elements while getting your books signed and commissioning a personalized sketch from your favorite artist for FREE!
*Swap stories and get your picture taken with Spider-man, Green Lantern, Cheetara, Lion-O, the Joker, members of the Star Wars 501st Stormtrooper Legion and MORE for FREE!
*Hang out all night and all day and all night again at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema as our pals down the sidewalk will be open straight through on Friday for the food, beverage, and facility conveniences of anyone camping out over night, all day Saturday to provide refreshments and entertainment to event-goers, and until 2 AM Saturday night for the after-party to beat all after-parties!
*Get down with the band provided by Don’s Music City! It’s a superhero dance party!
Creators appearing at Acme Comics will include:
- Thomas Boatwright – Cemetery Blues, Zeke Deadwood
- Jacob Chabot – Mighty Skullboy Army, Voltron Force
- Jeremy Dale – Skyward, G.I. Joe
- Chris Giarrusso – G-Man, Tales from the Con
- Joe Quinones – Wednesday Comics, Joker’s Asylum Harley Quinn
- Amanda Rachels – Clown Town, the Book
- Andy Runton – Owly, FCBD Owly & Friends
- Gregg Schigiel – SpongeBob Comics, Pix Teenage America Fairy
- Brian Smith – the Stuff of Legend, the Intrepid EscapeGoat
- Maris Wicks – Primates, SpongeBob Comics
- Annie Wu – Venture Bros., Wired
- Kelly Yates – MonstHer, Doctor Who
- Chrissie Zullo – Fables: Cinderella, Womanthology
Long-time Acme ally Thomas Boatwright will be returning to Free Comic Book Day in 2013! Acme subscribers will instantly recognize T.A.’s style as the look of Geeksboro’s Mixed Tape Film Series, and its that same unmistakable sense of left-of-center humor and unadulterated purity that you’ll find in his series Cemetery Blues from Image Comics and Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman from SLG, , co-created by Acmecast guest Ryan Rubio as well as the original Image graphic novel The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo!
Thomas’s most recent book is Orc Girl, written by Paul Allor, he garnered a rave review from recent Acme guest Gail Simone! He can be found online at Boatwright Artwork.com!
Jacob will be making his third Free Comic Book Day appearance at Acme, and his fifth in Greensboro overall! Since his last visit in 2012, Jacob released the second collection of his Eisner-nominated comic the Mighty Skullboy Army from Dark Horse as well as knocking out volume six of the Voltron Force original graphic novels for Viz Media and contributing to Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #6 from Marvel.
Find out more about Jacob the Mad Scientist at Beetle Bug Comics.com!
Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro with creator Larry Hama as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series. He is a featured guest at several shows, conventions, and signings every year.
Skyward will be officially debuting the NFL Rush Zone Season of the Guardians Free Comic Book Day offering from Action Lab Entertainment! Jeremy will be coming up from Atlanta for his fifth(!) Free Comic Book Day appearance, along with his lovely wife Kelly, the anchor of our FCBD book line!
A master of his style and craft, Chris first burst onto the comic industry’s radar with Bullpen Bits for the Marvel Comics letters pages, which evolved into the beloved Mini Marvels, running in the back of Marvel event books, specials and all-ages titles for most of this century’s first decade. Have you seen the Hawkeye cartoon intro?
In January 2003, Giarrusso debuted his signature creation, G-Man, in the back of Savage Dragon #104 for Image Comics during a feature called Comic Bits! Since finding their family’s magical heirloom cape in the linen closet, Mikey G and his brother Dave have completed two adventures, “Learning to Fly” and “Cape Crisis”!
Since his last visit to Acme for Free Comic Book Day 2012, Chris has been diligently working on the next installment in the saga of G-Man & Great Man, “Coming Home”, the first chapter of which has been made available via Comixology and to legions of new Chris G. fans for FREE through the Read 2 Succeed program, sponsored by Acme and WFMY News 2! Chris can also be found drawing weekly strips for Tales from the Con, written by Brad Guiger for Seattle’s premiere convention, Emerald City!
Chris makes his internet home at Chris G. Comics.com!
Joe Quinones is a relative newcomer to the industry, having first been published by DC comics for their now defunct Teen Titans GO series in 2007. He is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s Eisner Award-winning Wednesday Comics. Since then, Joe has illustrated a number of covers and short stories for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, with a current cover run on Captain Marvel. Joe also has some unannounced interior work on the horizon, as well as a Zatanna/ Black Canary graphic novel, written by Paul Dini, due out at the end of 2013.
As the breakout star of the Free Comic Book Day 2012 festivities and a stalwart companion to Jermaine, Stephen and Riley during Comic Con International this past summer, it’s no wonder Amanda Rachels has quickly become a part of the Acme Comics family and Free Comic Book Day wouldn’t be the same without her!
Amanda’s star continues to rise in the comic industry with projects like the self-published Clown Town and her web comic the Blind Eye, written by her frequent collaborator Kevin LaPorte. She just celebrated the release of The Book original graphic novel from Arcana!
Hey there! My name is Andy. I’ve always loved to draw and always loved comics. After college and a career in corporate America, I finally followed my heart, started drawing comics, graphic novels, and books and I haven’t looked back since.
In 2001 I created the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, which features a kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventure. The Owly series has earned praise from fans and critics alike, winning multiple awards including the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, the Harvey Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the 2006 Eisner Award for “Best Publication for a Younger Audience.”
I rely on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell my silent stories, and my work showcases my love of wildlife and the outdoors. I currently reside in the greater-Atlanta area where I work full-time on my Owly comics, books, and graphic novels.
Andy has made one previous trip to Acme back in 2011, and we’re psyched to have one of the most-travelled creators in comics with us for FCBD!
Gregg Schigiel is a regular Acme partner in crime, as well as a frequent contributor to SpongeBob Comics from Bongo and United Plankton Press, having drawn the cover and Merman and Barnacle Boy story for this year’s FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and. For over a year now, he’s produced Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, his cartoonist conversation podcast and a member show in the Acme Wave Projector podcast network. He continues to work on his creator-owned series Pix, Teenage American Fairy from his home in NYC and he blogs at Hatter Entertainment.com.
Smitty’s been a part the comic industry since the late ’90s, spending several years as an associate editor at Marvel Comics. After going to work for himself, Brian began illustrating the Adventures of Daniel Boom, a.k.a. Loud Boy for Grosset & Dunlap and penning the adventures of the Voltron Force and Max Steel for Viz Media, as well as debuting his own creations, like the aforementioned Stuff of Legend from Th3rd World Studios, co-created by Mike Raicht and drawn by fan-favorite Charles Paul Wilson III!
Over the last year, Brian has edited various titles at DC Comics, including New 52 runs on Batgirl and Savage Hawkman, but he’s recently gone back to the life he was meant to lead, freelance creation of the adventures of Thomas Fleet and humor strips like the Basics!
Maris Wicks lives with fellow primate Joe Quinones and their cat Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and “Spongebob Comics”, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is also an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas. Maris will have a story in the FCBD SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies and her new graphic novel Primates is due out in June from First Second!
Grew up in central Florida, studied Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, moved to New York City. Enjoys improv, Buster Keaton’s early films, and making things.
Work has been recognized by the likes of SPECTRUM 17 and 18, Society of Illustrators 2009 Student Competition, American Illustration TRIBUTE, and Adult Swim for a few weird seconds. Clients include Vertigo, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, WIRED Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, ELLE Magazine, M-Edge, Coca-Cola Brazil, Titmouse Inc. and others.
Currently working on projects of the comic book variety and doing character/prop color design for the upcoming fifth season of The Venture Bros.
In addition to being a Wednesday Acme Comics customers just like many of you, Kelly has worked closely with fellow creators Craig Rousseau and Rich Woodall throughout 2012 to launch Artist Alley Comics as a viable, creator-focused alternative to digital distribution! Yates debuted his newest project, MonstHer, via Artist Alley in June, alongside new stories from guys like Richard Case, Chris Kemple and Tim Sale.
Even though he’s a life-long Star Wars fan, Kelly has gained worldwide notoriety as a favorite artist on IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who books, having tag-teamed with Y the Last Man artist Pia Guerra on the 10th Doctor Forgotten storyline and knocking out the entirety of the 11th Doctor’s A Fairytale Life himself. In 2008, he launched his creator-owned, sci-fi, female-lead adventure series from Image Comics, >Amber Atoms>, which was met with much critical acclaim and very warm fan reception!
Since breaking into comics via San Diego Comic Con International 2009, Chrissie has been putting together some of the most well-designed and beautiful covers of the century for Fables spin-offs Cinderella From Fabletown with Love andFables are Forever! She’s shown off her sequential narrative chops on books like Madame Xanadu, written by Matt Wagner, and Heroic: A Womanthology. She also draws a mean Samus Aran from Metroid! This will be her second visit to Acme as a creator, the first being the Heroic: A Womanthology Summit!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
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This has been a long time coming, as she’s one of THE most requested creators that you fans have consistently asked to see at Acme, and we’re very pleased to announce that on Saturday, February 9th from 11 AM – 3 PM, we’ll be hosting a signing with comics writer Gail Simone!
Gail will be happy to sign your copies of Birds of Prey, Welcome to Tranquility, the All-New Atom, New 52 Batgirl, or anything else she’s written! However, due to other commitments, the signing will begin at 11 AM and Gail will be on the road promptly at 3 PM! Show up early and have your comics ready to be signed!
Today Gail Simone is easily the most prolific female writer in comics, as well as one of the most respected opinions in the industry! She broke through in the early aughts with her blog Women in Refrigerators, commenting on the treatment of women via comic content, and she continued to opine on the world of comics up through 2003 via her Comic Book Resources column You’ll Be Sorry.
Though she’s most well-known for her work at DC, Simone actually started creating comic content for The Simpsons from Bongo and Deadpool and Agent X from Marvel! Then, in August 2003, she crossed the street and began making her mark on the DCU, taking over Birds of Prey with issue #56, beginning a stewardship of Barbara Gordan that has now spanned a decade!
Other runs and series for DC have included Acme favorite Secret Six (with Earth 2’s Nicola Scott), Wonder Woman (with Terry Dodson, Aaron Lopresti and Scott), Action Comics (with John Byrne), and Rose & Thorn!
Since September 2011 and the New 52, she’s been running Barbara Gordon, once again with the use of her legs, through a gauntlet of new villains in Batgirl, while launching the Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver!
We have to stress what a truly rare event this is, so plan accordingly so that you can be here to join us in thanking Gail for all the great stories she has given us!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
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Ming Doyle, Janet Lee, and Chrissie Zullo sign at Acme Comics on Saturday February 18, 2012 from 11am – 5pm!
To get behind the release of the grassroots Womanthology original graphic novel from IDW Publishing, we’ve invited out a few of our favorite creators from the over 150 female editors, artists, writers, inkers, colorists and letterers whose commitment made this project possible! So be sure to come by and meet Ming Doyle (Fantastic Four #600), Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and Chrissie Zullo (Fables: Cinderella)!
The signing will start at 11 AM. Then we’ll break for lunch and head over to Bennett College near downtown Greensboro for a very special event (more details to come soon). Then it will be back to Acme for more signing, sketching and joy until 5 PM!
Find more about the Womanthology graphic novel and our talented visitors below!
From Womanthology’s BlogSpot:
Womanthology is an anthology graphic novel created entirely by women for Charity. The purpose of the book is to showcase the works of female creators of every age and experience levels.
The Graphic Novel will majorly consist of many short stories interpreting our theme for this volume; “Heroic”. We’ll also have interviews and how-to’s with some of the industry’s top female pros, as well as talks with young girls who someday want a career in comics.
Our charity is the Global Giving Foundation. They are a website dedicated to helping small charities from all over the world find funding. Once the book is finished, our profits will go to as many of these charities as we can help, focusing on one at a time until their funding goal is met.
Ming Doyle was born in Boston to an Irish American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. In 2007 she earned her BFA from Cornell University with a dual concentration in painting and drawing and has been working as a freelance illustrator and comic book artist ever since. In the past few years she’s depicted the sequential exploits of vengeful cowboys and ghostly schoolgirls for Image, zombie superheroes and demonic cheerleaders for BOOM!, and Inhuman royalty and dapper blue-furred mutants for Marvel. Her first full-length graphic novel, TANTALIZE: KIEREN’S STORY, written by Cynthia Leitich Smith and published by Candlewick Press, is out now.
Nashville-based illustrator Janet Lee has been working as a commercial artist for the past six years. Self-taught, Janet made her first foray into illustration with the Twitter serial, “Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome” by New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis. She followed that by co-creating Return of the Dapper Men with writer Jim McCann which won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album, received glowing reviews in USA Today, MTVGeek Guide, and was featured in the 2010 Holiday Gift Guides for Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and the New York Times. Janet and Jim are working on the sequel, Time of the Dapper Men which will be published Fall, 2012. Most recently Janet has worked for Marvel Entertainment, illustrating serialized adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic novels. Emma and Northanger Abbey.
Janet lives in East Nashville with her husband, novelist Mike Lee, her son Ethan, one very sweet pitt bull named Odie, and one very bad cat named Pye.
Chrissie Zullo was born in Montreal, Canada. In 2008 she graduated with a BFA in Illustration from UNC Charlotte, and got her first job working for Vertigo/DC not long after. She has done the covers for the comics “Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love”, and “Cinderella: Fables are Forever”, as well as interior work for “Madame Xanadu”, and “Fables”. She has also worked outside of comics, illustrating a piece for a “John Carter of Mars” book as well as Star Wars sketch cards. She has been featured in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art for the past two years. She currently resides in New York City.
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
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The inimitable George Pérez appears at Acme Comics in Longwood, FL on Saturday, July 2 from 11 AM ’til 2 PM signing autographs and doing quick sketches for benefit of the Hero Initiative.
905 E State Road 434, Longwood, FL 32750
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Acme Comics welcomes Chris Samnee (FCBD Captain America/Thor, Reilly Brown (Incredible Hercules), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe), Ryan Dunlavey (Comic Book Comics), Matt Frank (Godzilla), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Lyle Pollard (The Dead Don’t Sleep), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Brian Smith (Intrepid Escapegoat), Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules) and Michael Watkins (Sonic the Hedgehog) on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day.
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
Jim McCann and Janet Lee sign on Saturday November 20th from 11am – 5pm at Acme Comics in Greensboro NC for the release of Return of the Dapper Men! Also appearing are Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Brian Smith (Stuff of Legend), and Chris Giarrusso (G Man).
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
Andy Runton, beloved creator of the Owly series from Top Shelf Productions, signs at Acme from 5:30 – 7:00 on Tuesday, September 21st complements of our friends at Greensboro Day School!
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
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Chuck Dixon (writer on GI Joe) and Sergio Cariello (artist on The Lone Ranger) sign from 12PM – 4PMon July 3rd at ACME SUPERSTORE in Longwood, Florida! Face painting for the kids from 11AM – 3PM, Giveaways and more all day!!!
Acme Comics Toys & Collectibles Superstore
905 E State Road 434 #100, Longwood, FL 32750-5344
Writer/artist Chris Moreno signs at Acme Comics on Wednesday, June 9th from 2 PM to 8 PM! This signing with Chris has been a long time coming, so come on out, pick up your new books, and stop by to say “hey!”
Chris Moreno is a comics artist and creator whose work has appeared in Disney’s Toy Story for BOOM! Studios, The Minions of Ka from Arcana, and Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick from Image Comics. His creator-owned character, Sanz Pantz: Ninja Platypus appears in the Popgun anthologies from Image. His other comics credits include Alien Inventor, World War Hulk: Frontline, Dracula vs. King Arthur, Monkey in a Wagon vs. Lemur on a Big Wheel, The Last Sin of Mark Grimm, the webcomic Super Frat, and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales. Chris’s work has appeared on sketch cards for Inkworks for The Spirit, Shrek the Third, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Robots, and Family Guy. His art has also been seen in role-playing games for companies like Kenzer & Co. , on their HackmasterKnights of the Dinner Table Magazine, and Tony DiGerolamo’s Complete Mafia for d20 from Living Room Games. More of his art can be seen at Chris Moreno.org, his DeviantArt page, and his webcomic, Dysfunctianimals, can be seen here.
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Chris Schweizer, Sean McKeever, and Len Wallace ~ SATURDAY, MARCH 13th 10 AM – 7 PM!
Acme Comics is proud to present our 2nd Annual MARCH MADNESS EVENT spotlighting INDEPENDENT CREATORS
Keeping our Independent March Madness rolling straight on into the next week is a second, equally talented bunch of guys! Chris Schweizer joins us for his first North Carolina signing promoting his new book Crogan’s March, Sean McKeever makes his third trip to the store hot on the heels of the release of his critically-acclaimed and long-anticipated definitive edition of The Waiting Place, and Love Buzz writer Len Wallace gets the red carpet treatment to put a face to the name that’s had Acme chattering since before Christmas!
Acme Comics, 2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408