Get to the Grimsby Public Library faster than a speeding bullet for Grimsby’s first Free Comic Book Day next month.
The library is hosting the event, which has been running for years in comic book stores and has been more recently celebrated by public libraries. Diamond Comics will provide the library with a number of comic books to give to fans of the genre, while supplies last. Comic lovers are encouraged to check out freecomicbookday.com for details on the event.
There is more to Grimsby’s celebration than giveaways. Comic artist Mike Cope, of copetoon.com, will offer two, half-hour workshops and a 30-minute talk, with visuals, on his own work and techniques. Workshops are free but have a capacity of 30 people. Interested artists should contact the library in advance to indicate which workshop they would like to attend. Workshops are open to youth ages seven and up as well as teenagers and adults.
The library is also hoping to showcase comic art created by local artists. Anyone who would like to display their comic art can contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-945-5142.
Readers are invited to attend the library dressed as their favourite comic character. Dressing in costume could earn readers one of several thematic prizes. Because children are expected, comic fans are respectfully requested to think “family friendly” in the characters and costumes they share.
Free Comic Book Day runs from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the Grimsby Public Library, 18 Carnegie Ln., Grimsby. Admission is free. For more information on the library and it’s programs visit www.grimsby.ca/Library