Where to go for Free Comic Book Day 2019 in Los Angeles

The stars have aligned: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day.

It’s the perfect occasion for “Star Wars” fans, the comic book faithful and even the newly geek culture-curious to head over to their local comic-book store to celebrate.

First observed in 2002, Free Comic Book Day is held on the first Saturday in May. Founded on the belief that there is a perfect comic book out there for everyone, each person who visits a participating comics shop on FCBD is guaranteed at least one free comic book.

And Star Wars Day, of course, is one of the greatest pun-based holidays around (“May the Fourth be with you”). It’s probably the one thing the First Order and the Resistance can agree on.


The cover for the “Star Wars Adventures” FCBD special by Cavan Scott and Derek Charm.
(Derek Charm / IDW)

Now, FCBD doesn’t mean you can just walk into a store and grab any comic book for free. In the gallery above, you can check out the covers of all 51 FCBD titles that will be available this year. One of the best things about FCBD is that each participating store celebrates the day in its own way.

From holding cosplay contests and hosting comics-creator appearances and signings to adding charity components to their special day, here are some spots in and around L.A. to check out.

Golden Apple

  • Where: Los Angeles
  • Guests: Gerry Duggan (“Avengers,” “Deadpool”), Siike (Venom Vlog), Richard Fairgray and Paul Eiding (“Blastosaurus”), Marc Andreyko (“Supergirl”), Omar Mora (“The Unearthians”). More details here.

Earth-2 Comics

  • Where: Sherman Oaks
  • Guests: Jody Houser (“Doctor Who,” “Stranger Things,” “Faith”), Monica Kubina (“DC Superhero Girls,” “ Star Wars Adventures”), Will Pilgrim (“Marvel Preludes: Avengers Endgame”), Tayla Perper (“Steven Universe,” “Teen Titans Go!”) and more. Full list of guests available here.

The Comic Bug

  • Where: Manhattan Beach
  • Guests: Derek Charm (“Star Wars Adventures,” “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl”), Fabrice Sapolsky (“Spider-Man Noir”), Jason Shawn Alexander (“Spawn”), Lisa K. Weber (“Hex 11”), Kelly Sue Milano (“Hex 11”), Lynly Forrest (“Hex 11”) and more. Full list of guests available here.
  • Other: Festivities will continue at the store’s Culver City location on Sunday.

Hi De Ho Comics

  • Where: Santa Monica
  • What: The store is hosting its own comic-con with guests including Omar Spahi (Dreamer Comics Podcast), Jay Sullivan (“G.I. Joe”), Christie Shinn (Hora Tora Studios), David Pepose (“Spencer & Locke”), and folks from Comadres y Comics Podcast, Stranger Comics, Aftershock Comics, Fanbase Press, Tokyo Pop and more.
  • Other: Cosplay contest. Additional info here.

Galaxy of Comics

  • Where: Van Nuys
  • Guests: Nilah Magruder (“Marvel Rising”), Trevor and Paul Hankins (“Powers Squared”)
  • Other: Food trucks, prize wheel and donations for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Additional details here.
    The cover for “Riverdale Season 3" FCBD special by Micol Ostow and Thomas Pitilli.
    (Thomas Pitilli / Archie Comics)

    Collector’s Paradise

    • Where: Pasadena
    • What: Artists Rick Basaldua, Susan Lee and Andres Salazar will be doing sketches for kids.
    • Other: The store also has a Winnetka location. More info here.

    Comics Factory

    • Where: Pasadena
    • What: Artist David Green (Star Wars Trading Cards) will be doing free Star Wars sketches.
    • Other: Charity raffle for the Light Bringer Project. Additional info here.

    Pulp Fiction Comics

    • Where: Long Beach
    • Guest: Kim Dwinell (“Surfside Girls”)
    • Other: Food and donation drive for the L.A. Food Bank (for extra FCBD books). Additional info here.

    Emerald Knights Comics and Games

    • Where: Burbank
    • What: A pop-up nerdy marketplace with vendors including +3 to Charisma, 1980who, Becca Quant, Cantrip Candles, Crafty Geek Girls, and more. Full list of vendors and additional info here.

    Nostalgia Books & Comics

    • Where: San Gabriel
    • Guests: Javier Hernandez (“El Muerto,” co-founder Latino Comics Expo) and Denny Riccelli (“Cousin Herald”). More info here.

    Comic book shops are not the only places to celebrate FCBD. A number of local libraries such as the L.A. Central Library and the Sorensen Library (in Whittier) are holding FCBD and Star Wars Day-themed events with free comic books, scavenger hunts, crafts, STEM activities and more.

    Other L.A. County libraries with events to check out include Cudahy Library, View Park Bebe Moore Campbell Library, Malibu Library and Bell Library.

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