What are the odds that you’d be able to get frontman Axl Rose of Guns n’ Roses in the same building, much less the same room as Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue? And to boot…SUPERGIRL!?!? Those odds would be out-of-this world….just as hard to win the recent $640 million Mega-Lottery or actually get the original line-up of Guns n’ Roses back together. But if you come out for the Annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Buford’s ROCK SHOP Music & Comics on May 5th, 2012, you’ll get the next best thing…with photo evidence. But first…FREE COMICS!
FREE COMICS you say? Yep….that’s what we say. For the majority of people who are into Sci-Fi and the accompanying culture like we are….comic books go hand-in-hand. Dragon*Con, the annual…massive….pop culture phenom, held in downtown Atlanta every Labor Day weekend, has it’s roots in comics and with some of the biggest blockbusters out there today being based on Comic Books, it’s hard to not get pulled in.
What exactly IS Free Comic Book Day? It’s an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day is scheduled on the first Saturday of May (for 2012 it’s May 5th) and is often tied into the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well known superhero property, in order to take advantage of the film’s heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium. On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, and some offer cheaper back issues and other items to anyone who visits their establishments. In addition to comic books, some stores also give away other items, including mini posters for live-action superhero movies, keychains, Green Lantern promo rings, etc.
For those of you who haven’t checked out the Rock Shop, located at the Mall of Georgia in Burford, it’s a great combination of all things geek and music. In addition to having a great comic book selection and lots of other comic book related items, they also have a vast array of music related items…hence the name ROCK SHOP Music & Comics.
In addition to FREE COMICS, Dean Trippe (artist/writer for web comic Butterfly, Project: Rooftop) will be there from 12pm – ?. Check out his personal website HERE. Cosplay model Alisa Farrington will be appearing as Supergirl from Noon-3 p.m. Alisa was a hit last year as Wonder Woman at the ROCK SHOP but this year she will be appearing as Supergirl. Comic artist legend George Perez actually just redesigned Supergirl in Alisa’s image in Supergirl #8. Photographer Danny Hunter will be on hand to snap photos so for all of you who have costumes….wear them! Danny will be there from Noon-3 p.m. for photo opportunities so tell all of your friends (all ages welcomed), load up the car and come hang out in one of the coolest comic book stores this side of Metropolis.
And if you are also a fan of hard rockin’ music…CRUE members of our own CON*tourage will be appearing as famous rockers Axl Rose of Guns n’ Roses and Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue….which will lend itself for even more killer photo opps! Don’t forget to bring a camera!!!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 and will start at 10 a.m. and last till 9 p.m. (NOTE: Some of the guests listed in this article will not be appearing all day so make note of their appearance times.) ROCK SHOP Music and Comics is a retail store located at the Mall of Georgia and is located in the Village area (where the fountain and ampitheater are, outside of the food court entrance) next to Charming Charlie. They carry an extensive line of band apparel and merchandise, comic books (new comics and back issues,) trade paperbacks, games (ccg, rpg, and board games) action figures and statues/busts, posters, music cds (mostly new releases), dvds, and vinyl. For more info. on the ROCK SHOP visit them at RockShopMusicAndComics.com. ROCK SHOP is located at 3333 Buford Dr. Ste V-B02, Buford, GA 30519.
Check out the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for ROCK SHOP’s Free Comic Book Day HERE and invite your friends.