The West Linn Public Library is celebrating Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3, from noon to 5 p.m., where you can meet comic creators, attend workshops and demonstrations, make crafts and enter a raffle. More than 300 free comic books will be given out starting at noon, while supplies last.
12:30-1:15 How to Get Started Making Comics
1:30-2:15 Comics Publishing with Top Shelf
2:30-3:15 Drawing Comics with Mark Fearing
3:30-4:15 Panel to Panel: A fun all-ages show about creating comics! Presented by Barry Deutsch
4:15-4:45 Raffle Drawing (Library Reading Room)
12-2 Superhero Craft (downstairs)
12-4 Face painting, photo booth, and button making (downstairs)
12-4 Meet comics creators and free comic giveaways (Main floor)
Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May every year. Participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their stores.
The event is administered by a panel representing all parts of the comic book industry: retailers, publishers, suppliers and Diamond Comic Distributors. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free.
The library started participating in the event last year with a giveaway. This year, they decided to make the event bigger and better and use it as a way to promote literacy.
"The goal of our library's Free Comic Book Day and Mini Con event is to celebrate comics as a valuable literacy tool," said Children's Librarian Carson Mischel. "Comics can be a great way to help children learn to love reading, and we are fortunate to live in a thriving comics community."
Attendees will get a chance to meet Barry Deutsch, the author and illustrator of the award-winning "Hereville" series, and Mark Fearing, the author and illustrator of "Earthling!" They can also attend a workshop about comics publishing with Portland's own Top Shelf Publishing and Shannon Wheeler, creator of "Too Much Coffee Man."
"We are excited to invite local comic books creators into our library to help ignite and encourage a love of comic books," Mischel said. "This will be a family event with activities for people of all ages."
Attendees can get their face painted, visit the "draw your own comic" station, learn about webcomics and attend a panel discussion on Independent Comics featuring local comic artists. Each person will get one free entry into the raffle drawing. Prizes include superhero posters and copies of popular graphic novels.