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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

It's HERE! Well, almost. But finally, we can start to announce all the cool stuff The Comic Bug has been working on behind the scenes to bring you the most exciting FREE COMIC BOOK DAY we've ever attempted.

This year, you'll be able to participate in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with The Comic Bug in not ONE, not TWO, but THREE separate locations! We'll have FREE COMICS and ACTIVITIES at both our Manhattan Beach and Culver City locations, so make sure you drop in to the shop nearest you and scoop up lots of free goodies, then you'll want to hurry over to the CULVER CITY TEEN CENTER for The Comic Bug's (and possibly the WORLD's) first-ever FREE COMIC-CON DAY! And what a day do we have planned, with participation from over 70 comic book writers and artists, nearly EVERY major publisher and loads of COSPLAYERS, PODCASTS and CONTESTS. Can I get a witness?!

Here's your first look at what The Comic Bug has been cooking!

MARVEL COMICS

Robbi Rodriguez (artist/designer of SPIDER-GWEN)
Scott Koblish (artist of DEADPOOL)

ASPEN COMICS

Siya Oum (LOLA XOXO)
Peter Steigerwald (ZOOHUNTERS)
Vince Hernandez (DAMSELS IN DISTRESS)
Frank Mastromauro (MICHAEL TURNER'S ALL-NEW FATHOM)

IMAGE COMICS

Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN)
Eric Canete (RUN LOVE KILL)
Jon Tsuei (RUN LOVE KILL)

DC COMICS/WAYNE ENTERPRISES

Danny Miki (BATMAN)
Garry Brown (CATWOMAN)
Emi Brown (Batman: Lego)
Brian Buccellato (DETECTIVE COMICS)
Steve Buccellato (colorist, BATGIRL: CONVERGENCE)
Lea Hernandez (artist, TEEN TITANS GO!, MY LITTLE PONY)

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

Joshua Dysart (IMPERIUM, HARBINGER)

IDW

D.J. Kirkbride (THE BIGGER BANG, AMELIA COLE)

BOOM! STUDIOS

Jeff Stokely (THE SPIRE, SIX-GUN GORILLA)
Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, DAY MEN)

ONI PRESS

Chuck B.B. (BLACK METAL)

NINTH CIRCLE STUDIOS

Rafael Navarro (SONAMBULO, GUNS A'BLAZIN'!)

ANOMALY PRODUCTIONS

Brian Haberlin (ANOMALY)

ANOMALY PRODUCTIONS

Brian Haberlin (ANOMALY)

TOP COW STUDIOS

Ryan Cady (WITCHBLADE CASE FILES)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Brad Rader (BOB'S BURGERS)

We'll also be hosting a HUGE artist's alley where you can check out the indy wares and pick up FREE SKETCHES (or paid commissions if you want something a little more elaborate) from the following:

  • Lea Hernandez (TEEN TITANS GO!, MY LITTLE PONY)
  • Lord Mesa
  • Glenn Brown
  • Don Walker (AGENT WILD)
  • Don Schmidt (STEAMFUNK)
  • Johnny Parker (BLACK FIST & BROWN HAND)
  • Tanya Bjork (HAVENHURST)
  • Ki Kim
  • Dave Holtz
  • Flobo Boyce (SILVER STREAK)

  • Kevin Altieri (animator instrumental in the development of HARLEY QUINN! Kevin Altieri!)

  • Barbara Kesel (editor of STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE, WATCHMEN, writer of MY LITTLE PONY)
  • Chuck Wojtkiewicz (artist extraordinaire)
  • Blond the Colorist (DC Colorist)

    SEQUART ORGANIZATION with:
    Patrick Meaney (comic book documentary filmmaker & producer)
    and
    Marissa Stotter (director of SHE MAKES COMICS)

    ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT with:
    DeWayne Feenstra (ADVENTURES OF AERO GIRL, MIDNIGHT TIGER)
    and
    James F Wright (NUTMEG)

  • Lak Lim (artist)
  • Skipper Martin (BIZARRE NEW WORLD)
  • David Blake Lucarelli (CHILDREN'S VAMPIRE HUNTING BRIGADE)
  • MOM (yes, the mysterious MOM! No website yet.)
  • Tony Donley (creator of ALBERT EINSTEIN: TIME MASON)
  • Alicia Hollinger (sci-fi/fantasy artist)
  • Ralph Miranda (MAN FIGHTING STREET)
  • Chris Kawagiwa (THE TELL)
  • Stephen Yan (artist & DEADPOOL cosplayer)
  • Cesar I Rosas (artist)
  • Robert Zailo (artist)

  • CONCRETE PARK creators Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander will be on-hand to hand out samples and tell you all about their fantastic sci-fi dystopia series.

  • SILVER creator Stephan Franck (animator from THE IRON GIANT). SILVER is a critically-acclaimed pulp vampire adventure that brings Bram Stoker's world into the 1930's.

  • Indie artist Chris Brandt, who's storyboarded great films such as ST. VINCENT and ROYAL BLOOD's music video for OUT OF THE BLACK, has been delighting the internets with his adorable and quite funny "HERO A DAY" series on Instagram.

  • QUANTUM & WOODY MUST DIE! writer James Asmus will be joining Imperium's Joshua Dysart at the VALIANT table. Mr. Asmus has also written such great titles as GAMBIT for Marvel, THE END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN and THIEF OF THIEVES for Image and more!

  • Joie Brown artist/creator behind the adorable HEAVENLY KIBBLE GUARDIAN CORGI as well as a theme park designer and storyboard artist, will be joining us as well! Check out her comics and diverse portfolio at JoieArt.net!

  • Alejandro Lee, artist/writer of the whimsical steampunk adventure THE BALLAD OF SALLY SPROCKET & PISTON PETE will be on-hand to bring his eye-dazzling magic to Free Comic-Con Day.

    ACTIVITIES!

    LA WEEKLY will be on-hand, giving out lots of cool goodies and some tickets to wonderful events around town!

    Watch in awe as some of the most talented comic artists in the industry go toe-to-toe in a heated match of SKETCH FIGHTER!

    Share your comic book love with not one, but TWO podcasts! The lovely ladies from DEFECTIVE GEEKS and the suave gents from THAT HASHTAG SHOW!

    TEE FURY is bringing free goodies and discounted apparel!

    ANGEL CITY DERBY GIRLS will be on-hand to hand out goodies and help keep us all in line!

    Get your picture taken with dozens of awesome COSPLAYERS! Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Supergirl, Spider-Gwen, Star Wars characters and MANY MORE!

    EXCLUSIVES!

    The Comic Bug has been working with artist SIYA OUM and MARVEL COMICS to bring you a special edition of EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 that introduced SPIDER-GWEN! This exclusive cover by SIYA OUM will only be available at THE COMIC BUG starting on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY for $10.00. Pick up a copy and get it signed by both Siya and SPIDER-GWEN creator ROBBI RODRIGUEZ! A variant black and white cover is also available for $20 or get both for only $25. This is limited to 1 set per person.

    FREE COMICS!!!

    We've ordered more FREE COMICS than ever before to ensure that EVERYONE gets free goodies to get into your hot hands! We're talking OVER 23,000 FREE COMIC BOOKS!

    Mark your calendar!

    FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (and FREE COMIC-CON DAY) is happening Saturday, May 2nd.
    THE COMIC BUG, Manhattan Beach will start at 10am to 4pm.
    THE COMIC BUG, Culver City will start at noon to 5pm.
    It will be a day long remembered! May the force be with you!