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Free Comic Book Day Cometh!

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Free Comic Book Day Cometh!

Hello Open Book Toronto and the internet at large!

I am happy to kick off my bout/gout as Open Book's latest writer in residence by informing you about one of the world's most important events: May 1st... Free Comic Book Day. Perhaps, until now, you've associated May 1st with international labour rights or pagan celebrations. Not this year. It's all in the name: free comic books.

FCB Day (let's call it that now) is celebrated internationally on the first Saturday of May. On this of most glorious days, those harbingers of barf and glory, local comic book shops, give out comic books for free to revelers. Before you fall off the edge of your seat, foaming at the mouth with excitement, I have to tell you it's not free as in free-for-all. If that was the case, voracious and insatiable comic eaters (such as myself) would greedily spend the day carting home comics by the wheelbarrow. No, usually the comics available are specially produced by publishers for this event. Luckily for us in Toronto, several wonderful comic book shops enthusiastically take part. I plan to ride my loyal, two-wheeled steed to at least a few of them to see what treasures I can discover. On the top of my list will be The Beguiling, my favourite Toronto comics spot, where I hope to find some quirky gems and gather some info about the upcoming excitement that is TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 7,8,9!). Also, the grapevine let me know that Dragon Lady Comics (609 College Street) is having a 50% off sale everything except for graphic novels. As well as comics, Dragon Lady carries a variety of old magazines that can fill your desperate needs for nostalgic ephemera and collage cuttings. To be honest, I usually find the amount of potential in that store too overwhelming, but I think the half-off offer will encourage me to go perusing.

In further comic book news, Toronto illustration collective, Wowee Zonk ( will be launching a new book of colourful and fantastical artwork, "Pobody's Nurfect", at This Ain't the Rosedale Library in Kensington Market at 1pm. Check it out if you can!

Anyhow, expect more comics and graphic novel related ramblings from me (and a proper introduction!) soon. May is Ontario Graphic Novels Month, so I expect I will find a lot to say. And if you are not yet a lover of comics and graphic novels, don't fret. You will be. YOU WILL BE.

Toronto stores participating in Free Comic Book Day include:

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street

Silver Snail Comics
367 Queen Street West

Paradise Comics
3278 Yonge Street

To find out more than I know about this prestigious event, go to

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Marta Chudolinska

Marta Chudolinska is a printmaker, bookbinder, zinester, painter and writer. Her first (wordless) graphic novel, Back + Forth: A novel in 90 linocuts, was published in September 2009 by the Porcupine’s Quill Press.

Go to Marta Chudolinska’s Author Page