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Free Comic Book Day 2014

Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd this year! Be sure to check in with your local comic book shop to learn about any special events they may have! You can learn more about this event at

Free Comic Book Day 2013

Saturday, May 4th is Free Comic Book Day! (Also Star Wars Day — May the Fourth be with you!) Check with your local comic book store to see if any special events are planned, and be sure to stop by early to get the best choice of free comic books. To learn more about this project visit

Free Comic Book Day is May 5th!

Saturday, May 5th is Free Comic Book Day! Check with your local comic book store to see if any special events are planned, and be sure to stop by early to get the best choice of free comic books. To learn more about this project visit

What’s Coming Up in May

Saturday May 7th is Free Comic Book Day everywhere! Stop by your favorite local comic book store to see if they are participating.

Also, May 25th is Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams.

Apr 30–May 1, May 6–8, May 14–15, May 21–22: Robin Hood Springtime Festival
May 1: New Haven Comic and Collectibles Spectacular
May 14-15: Creation Twilight Convention

May 13-15: Huzzah! Historical Wargaming Convention
May 22: Maine Comics Arts Festival

April 30–May 1: Boston Comic Con 2011
May 1: UMass Community Renaissance Festival
May 6-8: International Steampunk City
May 7: Star Wars: Attack of the Authors
May 21: Star Wars Day at the Higgins Armory Museum
May 21: Naked Girls Reading: Fang Fiction
May 23: Author Appearance: SJ Chambers
May 24: Author Appearance: China Miéville

New Hampshire:
April 28–May 1: Aeternitas 2011
May 14-15, May 21–22: New Hampshire Renaissance Faire
May 15: Granite State Comicon
May 25: Author Appearance: China Miéville

Rhode Island
May 7: Star Wars: Attack of the Authors

New Jersey:
Apr 29–May 2: Costume-Con
May 20-22: Steampunk World’s Fair

New York:
May 21-22: Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’

What’s Coming Up in April

Here’s what’s on the calendar so far for April:

April 23, 24, and 30: Robin Hood Springtime Festival

April 28: Author Appearance: Catherynne M. Valente

April 1: BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Video Game Orchestra
April 16: Author Appearance: Catherynne M. Valente
April 22-24: Anime Boston
April 30-May 1: Boston Comic Con 2011

New Hampshire:
April 8: Final Admission Deadline for Odyssey Writing Workshop
April 9-10: EconoCon 14
April 28–May 1: Aeternitas 2011 (Harry Potter convention)

New Jersey:
April 29-May 2: Costume-Con

New York:
April 15-17: I-Con

Tolkien Reading Day

March 25th is the annual “Tolkien Reading Day”; this date was selected because in the Lord of the Rings books it’s the day on which Sauron’s downfall finally arrives. Learn more at

Free Comic Book Day

May 7th will be this year’s Free Comic Book Day at all participating comic book stores. Comics for both children and adults will be given away. See for details, including a list of the comics.

Costume-Con 2011

Warm up the sewing machine! Costume-Con 29, a traveling convention focused entirely on costuming, will be hosted in in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, the weekend of April 29-May 2, 2011. If you are a costumer, this is the place to be (and to compete, if you are so inclined). According to their website:

COSTUME-CON is an annual conference about costumes. The convention has its roots in science fiction and fantasy conventions and historic re-enactment type events.

All forms of costuming are welcome, including anime, fursuit, etc.

Learn more at

TRON Night

Tickets just became available for “TRON Night,” a free promotional event for the upcoming Tron: Legacy movie happening on October 28th in theaters across the nation, including locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts (also New York and New Jersey).

TRON NIGHT IS an IMAX 3D Experience, a special event on October 28, 2010, that will give audiences worldwide the first opportunity to step onto the Grid and into the cutting-edge, 3D world of Walt Disney Pictures’ high-tech adventure “TRON: Legacy,” during an exciting 20-plus-minute sneak peek of the highly anticipated film, sponsored by ASUS.

Visit to find a location near you.

[Tip from Dave of the New England Browncoats]

Steampunk World’s Fair 2011

After a spectacularly successful debut this year, the Steampunk World’s Fair will return to New Jersey the weekend of May 20-22, 2011. Reservations for the new hotel in Somerset, NJ are being taken now; membership registration opens September 15th. What’s it all about?

Welcome to a three-day expedition into yesterday’s future! (And no, that doesn’t mean the present!) SPWF is the first East Coast event to welcome Steampunks, Neo-Victorians, Retro-futurists, Gas Lamp Fantasists, and any and all others who consider themselves part of steampunk into a weekend long festival celebrating all things steamy!

An interactive and social event for people of all levels of steampunk know-how (yes, even you sitting in the corner of the internet, not sure you know what steampunk is or if you even like it) to communicate, dance, exchange, and explore. Here, you will find representation of the art, culture, fashion, technology, history, gaming, and music of this fascinating and scintillating subculture and genre.

Say you enjoy the post-enlightenment of the Industrial Revolution, or Victorian Era upper-class sensibilities, or the mutated past merged with modern mentalities and counter-culture ethos. Maybe you like the skewed science of “What if?” and the historical settings, or you simply like to look dapper in your top hat. There is something here at the Steampunk World’s Fair for you!

Get all the details at

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