Happy Free Comic Book Day – Today May 3rd
May 3, 2008


Don’t forget, today is free comic book day.   There’s a lot of great books to be had this year as well as an Iron Man HeroClix and a pair of Star Wars miniatures.   For a complete listing of what’s available, check out this list

 If you don’t know where your local comic book store is, check out this free comic store locator!


And if you happen to be in Arizona and want to go see the founders of Image comics signing stuff:


On Saturday, May 3, Free Comic Book Day comes to Arizona. Atomic Comics, Arizona’s largest independent comic book retailer, will join more than 3,000 comic book retailers across North America in celebration of the 7th Annual Free Comic Book Day. Comic book fans visiting any one of Atomic Comics’ four Arizona locations will receive one free comic book. No purchase is necessary.

And it wouldn’t be a comic event without our own Todd McFarlane. Todd, along with the other six Image founders – Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen and Whilce Portacio – will reunite for one day to sign autographs from Noon-5pm at the Atomic store located at 1120 S. Country Club, 105, Mesa, Ariz. Todd’s signing will start at 2:30pm. There will be a five-item limit for autographs. Spider-man will also make an appearance from 11am-3pm.

Comic Book Resources (CBR) will film the entire signing, and produce a time-lapse video of the event (encapsulating five hours into five minutes) and post it on their Web site, www.comicbookresources.com. CBR’s Andy Khouri will provide multiple updates throughout the day, will be taking pictures and visiting with attendees as well.

For complete information on Atomic Comic stores participating in Free Comic Book Day, locations, artists/writers scheduled to appear, or a list of comics being given away, please visit www.atomiccomics.com.

For information on Atomic Comics, go here.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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