FL – Free Comic Book May 2013

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Jim Fern, Karl Moline, Jeff Christiansen, and Nelson Ortega sign at Famous Faces & Funnies on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

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Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 4th at 11am!

Help us spread the word and make this the biggest Free Comic Book Day ever.

We will have 10 FREE COMICS PER PERSON every Saturday in May!

We will have several great local artists drawing FREE sketches of your favorite characters!

Jim Fern – Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland, Green Lantern, Avengers Academy

Nelson Ortega – Sonic The Hedgehog, Silver Sable, Spider-Man

Karl Moline – Buffy, Avengers Academy, Fray

Jeff Christiansen – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe writer, answer Marvel trivia to win more free comics and other prizes

We have 501st Legion Star Wars characters, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Lady Deadpool, Wolverine and several more characters here taking pics for the first few hours. We’ll have magician David Kelly from 11 AM to 3 PM, music by Brevard Busking Coalition at 5 PM and more to make this our craziest FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVER!

Play our Thor Hammer Toss or Walking Dead Twitter Zombie Hunt.

Join us Saturday May 4th and every Saturday in May to get some amazing FREE COMICS!

Spend $3 every Saturday in May and you get a free graphic novel! Pick from our favorite first volumes like Y: The Last Man, Walking Dead, The Boys, Irredeemable, Scott Pilgrim, Serenity, Morning Glories,Chew, Fables, Preacher, Transmet, and much more!

Spend $5 each week at GYFO and get a $10 GYFO gift card. You can’t use the gift card towards the price of Magic booster boxes, but can use it on anything else on their side.

If you’ve got a super-hero costume you’d like to show up in on May 4 or an artist interested in drawing on one of the other Saturdays, May 11, 18 or 25, please comment here or contact us at FFFComics@aol.com. Thanks!

Famous Faces and Funnies
3000 W New Haven Avenue, West Melbourne, FL 32904

OR – Fables Signing

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Bill Willingham signs at Things From Another World on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm!

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Press Release:

It’s no fantasy: writer Bill Willingham visits the Portland TFAW April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. to sign his multiple Eisner Award-winning series, Fables! Meet the man behind Vertigo’s long-running, legendary series: copies of Fables comics, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers will be available for purchase.

SIGNING POLICY: Get anything purchased at TFAW (with receipt) signed! Outside items (not purchased at TFAW) limited to three per customer.

Immediately after the signing, segue into the Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party from 7 p.m. until ??? Stumptown Comics Fest, the Northwest’s most respected independent comic book convention, takes place April 27 and 28, and TFAW is proud to start things off in style. Meet and mingle with special guests from the Fest, enjoy free food and beer (21+ with ID), and enjoy a night of conversation, nerdery, and music!

Starring classic characters like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, and Pinocchio, Fables is a darker, dramatic reinterpretation of a wide variety of figures from fairy tales and folklore. The winner of 14 Eisner Awards (and counting), millions of readers can’t get enough of Bill Willingham’s vivid imagination and masterful storytelling. Don’t miss this special event at the Portland TFAW April 26!

Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

A Note From Bill Willingham About Fabletown & Beyond

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Wait a moment, on second thought, “for immediate release” makes this sound awfully urgent, and it’s not. Yes, it does happen to be time-sensitive material and we’d like it released soon, or at least soonish, but it needn’t be immediate. Save “immediate” for medical emergencies, positioning yourself under a pop-up fly, and disarming bombs. At best, this falls more under the heading of, “as quickly as you can reasonably get to it.” Please, finish your coffee and that last bite of sandwich, visit the facilities (if you need to), relax a bit and settle yourself. Then, please, if you’d be so kind, release this puppy.

Thanks.

Fabletown and Beyond, our convention celebrating the Mythic Fiction movement in comics, is just around the corner.

A personal note from Bill Willingham, inviting you to think about attending:

Hi,

I’m Bill Willingham, the writer of the long-running comic series Fables. In just over a month I’ll also be hosting a small comic convention in Rochester, Minnesota called Fabletown and Beyond. It’s a convention about Fables and books like it.

If you go to our website you can find out all sorts of good things like who else is coming, what sorts of programming we’re planning to have (although it’s far from a comprehensive list yet). Please visit fablescon.com for the full tour.

Since it was designed from the beginning to be a small convention, with more time and opportunity to interact with the guests of your choice, we’re limited on how many folks can attend, and we’re beginning to close in on our hotel room and attendance limits.

So then, now seems the time to act. If you’re interested in attending, a month and a half away is nearly no time at all. Perhaps it’s time to pounce, to strike boldly, to do some other thing that is metaphorically equivalent to deciding to attend.

Also, you may not know this but it’s going to be the perfect show to which you’ll want bring the special love of your life. We’ve done extensive made-up scientific research on this. Think of Fabletown and Beyond as a romantic couples retreat, but with comics too.

We’re planning on a fine time to be had for all, including (but not limited to) game shows, a phone-photo scavenger hunt, with amazing prizes, and even opportunities for one-on-once conversations with your favorite artist and/or writer.

Pretty cool, huh?

Speaking for vast multitudes, I do hope we’ll see you there.

Also, for those in the greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, and its surroundings, you should know that The Crossings art studio in Zumbrota, as a lead in to Fabletown and Beyond, is hosting an all comic art gallery show, throughout the entire month of February.

It’s going on right now and will continue throughout the rest of the month. It features the comic art of myself, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, and Chrissie Zullo, all of whom will also be attending the convention in March.

Many original pieces have already sold. It’s on track to being the best gallery show the venue has ever had. But we’ve stocked the art in deep. Many more pages and comic art covers are still available and will be throughout the month.

For more information you can visit The Crossings website at: crossingsatcarnegie.com or by calling them at 507 732 7616.

Of course any unsold covers and pages will be available again at Fabletown and Beyond.

MN – Fables Writing Workshops

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Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery to teach two writing workshops.

Writing to be Drawn

Saturday, February 9, 10am-1pm.
Cost: $50. Age 12 to adult.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Comic Books are big. They rule Hollywood now, and before they’re drawn, they need to be written.

It can be tough to write for the specific medium of comics, unless you can think like an artist. Bill Willingham, a thirty year veteran of comic book writing, and winner of comics’ most prestigious award for comic writing, will take you through the ins and outs and how to write when it’s going to be drawn.

Writing Prose Stories

Saturday, February 23, 10am-1pm.
Cost: $50
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This is a one-day class on some of the special considerations one should have in writing prose to sell, including how to keep it short and lively. We’ll also discuss some of the special considerations for writing to specific markets, like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other genres.

Bill Willingham is a novelist, short story writer and comic book writer, winner of many industry awards and four time Hugo nominee. His work has been translated into far too many languages, none of which he can read.

Crossings Gallery
320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
507-732-7616