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Free Comic Book Day 2015

Just like last year, I decided to do a FCBD Crawl around the city.

 

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I visited 7 comic book places in Chicago this year – Third Coast Comics, Graham Crakers Comics, Variety Comic Book Store, Alley Cat Comic Books, Chicago Comics, Dark Tower Comics and G-Mart Comics.

Here are this year’s comics.

(Complete and legible list at freecomicbookday.com)

 

 

So, I landed 31 out of the 50 comic books. Not bad though, right?! Check out my haul and the awesome features each store has!

 

Third Coast Comics
6234 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
http://thirdcoastcomics.com/

These guys were already out of comic books by 4:00pm (Moral of the story – COME EARLY NEXT TIME)

But what put a smile on my face was seeing a couple of my artist buddies’ work! Ali Cantarella’s Hasty Pastry (which I did an article on) and the Sun Bros. Monkey Fist!


 

Graham Crackers Comics
5443 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640
http://www.grahamcrackers.com/ewstore.htm

They were also out of comics when I got there.


So, I decided to buy some instead! I bought 2 versions of Batgirl #37 (The New 52) and Edge of Spiderverse – Spider Gwen!


 

Variety Comic Book Store
4602 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
https://facebook.com/varietycomics

It has become my yearly tradition to take a pic at the front of the store. Last year’s photo is the one I actually use on my Sugar Gamers business card.

No deals going this day, but this place speaks for itself when they have a huge variety of comic books in the store.

There was quite a line forming inside as well!


 

Alley Cat Comic Books
5304 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
http://www.alleycatcomics.com/


What’s great about this place is not only do you feel like walking into a hidden geek location, but they were giving out some Inhumans prints as well.

A couple of the Avengers were there, too 😉


 

Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
http://www.chicagocomics.com/

 

Not only were they handing out free comics, but they also gave away trading cards in hard shell covers!



And of course, bumping into Adam Guerino made my day as well. He was volunteering that day.



Dark Tower Comics
4835 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
http://darktowercomics.net/

My second favorite, as they always have a huge group of cosplayers at the store during this event.


Plus, they had great deals on graphic novels (40% off). Check out what I got- Lady Death and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire Graphic Novels.


They had artists and writer – Hilary Barta and Peter Gillis.

And finally my favorite….

 

G-MART Comics
2641 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
http://www.g-mart.com/

 

Every year, G-MART has the most generous number of free comic books. They usually give out 5 comic books, but they give out 10 if you’re dressed for the occasion/cosplay!

This place was packed, and there was a small line forming outside.


I love how the staff and volunteers at G-Mart are always dressed for the occasion. And they included 3 free comic books in the bags.

And I saw this book as an added bonus!

Tell us how your Free Comic Book Day went! 🙂

Hoping for more places to visit next year.

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  • H a s h b r o w n

    What an awesome review! Sounds like you had a really great FCBD. Thank you so much for sharing all this info. You’ve introduced me to some new stores that I will definitely be checking out. I visited G-Mart and Dark Tower on FCBD. (Wanted to visit Alleycat, but couldn’t.) The energy in both those places was fantastic. You deserve awards for “most stores visited” and “most comics collected.” -Shasa | Hashbrown

    • dyan_monica

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it – I’m trying to do more stores next year. Each one has a different vibe and I absolutely loved seeing cosplayers and people there to support their local comic book stores.

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