The crowning jewel of the comic book year is almost here. On Saturday May 2nd it's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015 and we thought we'd give you a few more details on the plans for the day to help make it as fun and enjoyable day out as possible while giving you an idea of what to expect.
OPENING HOURS:In FCBD’s gone by we try to make a focus on the kids and introducing younger readers into the world of comics. However we’ve found that the hectic nature of the day wasn't always perfectly suited to younger fans and for some can be overwhelming. So to help with this we’ll be continuing our:
FAMILY ONLY FIRST HOUR: 9AM-10AMThe idea is families with kids under 12, will get the chance to get in early while the store is still somewhat more relaxed. Hopefully this we will make younger fans more comfortable, while parents can also grab some free books for themselves without needing to wait in line for ages. This also gives us the chance to get out from behind the counter and take a few more photos with folks if they are after them!
REGULAR TRADING HOURS: 10AM-5PMAfter the Family Only First Hour, the store will be open for regular trading to the general public 10am-5pm.
At this time we will have representatives downstairs to let a limited amount of people into the store at once as a way to control the crowds so it makes for an easier browsing experience. This might create a bit more of a line outside the store but we feel that with Artists Alley outside this year and more efficient in store service of both the free comics and regular purchases. We hope you won’t be waiting too long.
10% DISCOUNT OFF THE PRICE OF TRADES , NEW AND BACK ISSUES*
*Excludes local comics and trades and already discounted items.
FREE COMIC BOOK STOCK AND STORE LAYOUT:The all ages and mature reads tables will be located on the first floor, in front of the vintage toy cabinets, while the KIDS SELECTION table will be found on the ground floor, easily accessible for families in front of the New Trades display wall.
The idea here is to make it as easy as possible for people that might be coming in especially with kids and aren’t wanting to wait around in line for too long.
The KIDS SELECTION will have the following on titles on offer:
The All Star Kids Showbag (limit of one per family with kids under 12) which contains these 12 TITLES!
Other Kids Picks titles available are:
Since we only have a limited number of the showbags, it will only be available to families that come in on the day with kids under 12 with a limit of one showbag per family. Both kids and adults can choose a couple of titles from the second list of Kids Picks as well.
SECRET WARS #1 (ORIGINAL)
SECRET WARS #1 (NEW)
BONUS ALL STAR FCBD SELECTION
FLASH NEW 52 #1
GOTHAM CENTRAL #1
GREEN ARROW YEAR ONE #1
SEX CRIMINALS #1
NUMBER OF BOOKS YOU CAN PICK:
We strongly recommend that you have an idea of what titles you want to pick up on the day. Click the links, see what you like and write a list. Doing this we can help cut down your time in line and give you more time to look around the store and get a sketch from one of the artists we will be hosting on the day.
ALL STAR MYSTERY CHARITY BAG
As an added bonus we'll thought it might be fun to have the return of the ALL STAR MYSTERY BAG on the day. We'll have Mystery Packs containing 10 comics each (not from the FCBD comic selection), a selection of Mature readers and a selection for All Ages. The Mystery Packs will be available from the ground floor counter for the low, low price of just a GOLD COIN donation.
Best part, ALL MONEY collected from the sales of these Packs will be donated to Childrens Charity Network. CCN do fantastic work within the community, coupled with the three tiers of government (local, State and Federal), they strive to give every Australian child the opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills to reach their full potential in life. A worthy cause we are sure you'll agree.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to some of the packs containing similar books, there is a limit of one of each type of Mystery Pack per person.
ALL STAR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ARTIST ALLEY:Thanks to the incredible folks from 333 Collins St, this year's ALL STAR ARTIST ALLEY will be hosted at the stunning and opulent surroundings of the 333 Collins St Walkway. Entry to the Walkway can be found on either Collins St of Flinders Lane and has ramp access on both sides for ease of prams and wheelchairs. It is a beautiful space and we couldn't be more honoured to be able to present to you this stellar group of talented folks on the day! In the spirit of the day, please try and collect only one or two sketches per attendee, especially during the busy periods. If you have any questions on the day we will have a number of store representatives at to answer any questions you have.
Store representatives will be recognisable on the day as anyone sporting one of these lanyards and they will be able to help you with any questions you may have.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ALL STAR COSTUME CONTEST :This year photos for the contest will be taken instore, on the ground floor by the red wall in the All Ages section. Just seek out our photographer and get your photo taken. Please find further details of the contest HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the store, please be aware that there will likely be some lining up outside at certain points of the day either while waiting to get into the store or waiting for a sketch. Please keep in mind that this is Melbourne and cover is limited so we recommend unbrellas just in case, we'll keep our fingers crossed for sunshine. If there are any customers who have special needs, please contact the store before hand and we will do our best to accommodate you as best we can.
Most important of all, HAVE AN AWESOME FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!
THE ALL STAR CREW