Free Comic Book Day 2017 – Worcester
Eisner-award-winning pop culture store That’s Entertainment, located at 244 Park Ave. Worcester, MA, will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6th by giving out free comic books all day (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) to children and adults of all ages. There will be a wide variety of comics to choose from, ranging from kid-friendly to 18+. Each attendee will be able to choose five free comic books from a variety of Free Comic Book Day exclusive comic books. This is a first-come, first-served event. Free comics will be plentiful, but quantities on select titles may be limited. Additionally, visiting professional comic artists will be drawing and giving away free mini-sketches of superheroes, and other comic related characters, upon request from noon to 5:00 p.m.
In the spirit of celebration, folks attending Free Comic Book Day will be welcomed to have their faces painted for free by expert face-painter Jessica-Lee VanWinkle. Attendees are encouraged to cosplay and participate in the store’s costume contest. Winners could win a $15, $25, or $50 store credit prize.
That’s Entertainment will be featuring four guest artists on Free Comic Book Day. They are the following:
Paul Kirchner – Veteran Illustrator and comic artist
In the 1970s and early 1980s Kirchner did magazine and comic book illustration, with work appearing regularly in Heavy Metal. In 1979 he began my comic strip “The bus,” which appeared monthly in that magazine for six years. In 1987 a collection of those strips was published by Ballantine. In 2012, the French publisher Tanibis brought out a deluxe, more complete collection. In recent years, Kirchner produced enough new bus strips for another collection by Tanibis, published in 2015.
In the early 1980s Kirchner illustrated Murder by Remote Control, a graphic novel written by Janwillem van de Wetering. It was originally published in 1986 and republished by Dover in 2016.
From the mid-1980s on, Kirchner worked in magazine illustration, advertising storyboards, and toy development. Among the toys he worked on were the Eagle Force and Dino-Riders. He also did comics and illustrations for Telepictures (later Welsh Publications) magazines including He-Man and the Master of the Universe, ThunderCats, and Power Rangers.
Joe St. Pierre – Veteran Comic Artist
Joe St.Pierre began his comic book career as penciler of RAI, the first original character published by Valiant Comics. He has also worked as a writer and artist for Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Dynamite and Boom.
St. Pierre illustrated a substantial number of comics featuring the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, including several one-shots, two VENOM mini-series, a six-issue run on SPIDER-MAN 2099 and several covers. He has the distinction of penciling the most #1 issues featuring the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and/or the Spider-Man family.
St. Pierre has also worked in the fields of commercial illustration, intellectual property design and storyboards for Animation and Video Games. Clients have included MTV, Capstone, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, PBS and Activision.
His publishing company, Astronaut Ink, highlights his own creator-owned properties BOLD BLOOD, MEGAHURTZ® and most recently NEW ZODIAX.
Clay McCormack – Comic Artist
As well as being the artist on Redline from Oni Press, and the upcoming Poser from Waxwork Comics, Clay McCormack has been featured in Sean Murphy’s Cafe Racer, Heavy Metal Magazine, and is the writer, artist, and creator of the multi-award winning online graphic novel Dead Meat.
Eric Merced – Illustrator and Comic Book Artist
Professional Comic Book Artist and Illustrator Eric Merced is best known for his work on Marvel, DC, IDW and Harper Collins properties.
Free Comic Book Day, which is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May, is a nationwide event which aims to promote and foster the act of reading. Each participating store across the United States celebrates the special event in their own unique way, often times with guest appearances from creative members of the comic book industry.
Comic specialist and purchaser Pete Beaudoin says, “Every year it’s amazing to see the excited, wide-eyed expressions on the faces of so many folks on Free Comic Book Day. It makes me nostalgic for the simpler days, when life was more analog and less digital. Computers are great, but nothing compares to the personal experience of holding and flipping through the paper pages of a real comic book.”
Marketing coordinator Sorana Gatej adds, “Free Comic Book Day is awesome! It’s great to be around so many people jazzed-up about comic books and pop culture.”
That’s Entertainment, located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, is a pop culture emporium that specializes in everyone’s inner “geek.” They carry a wide variety of comic books, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and other items. Visit That’s Entertainment on the web at www.thatse.com or find them on Facebook.
For questions regarding Free Comic Book Day, contact Pete Beaudoin at firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule an interview with one of the artists, please contact Sorana Gatej at email@example.com
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