Yes, yes and yes. There's plenty to love about Free Comic Book Day, an annual event celebrated all over the country, but with a superhero-sized helping of panache here in Houston. Bedrock City Comic Company is pulling out all the stops, with appearances by cosplayers from Houston Hero Headquarters and Cosplay Vogue at all five locations on May 6.
Wonder Woman and her tricked-out JEEP are defending the galaxy at the 6516 Westheimer location from noon to 3 p.m.; we named this location Best Comic Book Store in last year's Best of Houston® because of its size, selection and staff.
Bam! Splat! Kapow! Over at the FM 1960 Store, they sent out the Bat-Signal and Batman will be standing by, along with the Batmobile, from noon to 3 p.m.
Chances are, there's a store near you, so there's the 411 on all Bedrock City events this Saturday.
Bedrock City, 6516 Westheimer, 713-780-0675: Special guests include award-winning artist Rob Guillory (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), writer and artist Kody Chamberlain (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), author/illustrator Dave Roman (2 to 7 p.m.), illustrator and storyteller Falynn Koch (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), web-comic creator Ru Xu (2 to 7 p.m.) and cosplayers (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with music by School of Rock (10 a.m. to noon).
Bedrock City, 102 West Bay Area Boulevard, Webster (Clear Lake area), 281-557-2748: Local artists from Overground Comics (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and cosplayers (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with music by School of Rock (10 a.m. to noon).
Bedrock City, 4683 FM 1960 West, 281-444-9763: Author/illustrator Dave Roman (10 a.m. to noon) and cosplayers (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with music by School of Rock (10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m.).
Bedrock City, 4602 Washington, 713-862-0100: Artist Andrew Dalhouse (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and cosplayers (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with music by School of Rock (10 a.m. to noon).
Bedrock City, 4831 Highway 6, Missouri City (Sugar Land area), 832-987-1994: Web-comic creator Ru Xu (10 a.m. to noon) and cosplayers (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
"But That's Not All Folks," because Free Comic Book Day is also being celebrated at 8th Dimension, Third Planet, Geek Life, Pop Culture Company and Watchtower Comics; visit freecomicbookday.com for a full list of participating stores.
8th Dimension Comics & Games, 15210 West, 281-856-6506: The free comics will be displayed for fans to peruse and choose, but come early, because this event is very popular and it's first-come, first-served. There's a limit of just one per issue, and a limit of five books per customer. Visit 8thdimensioncomics.com.
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Geek Life, 728 West 20th Street, 713-864-2880: Geek Life has some great new comics for all ages and interests, and has planned fun activities, specials and giveaways for Free Comic Book Day. The comic aficionados on staff take pride in curating a large selection of comics with diverse voices and for all ages. Visit shopgeeklife.com.
Pop Culture Company, 11313 Katy Freeway, 281-798-0777: They're combining FCBD with a weekend-long sale. Now that they're in a newer, smaller location, they're doing things a little differently this year. The giveaways will be happening throughout the day on Saturday, but those interested in taking advantage of the sale can also visit Friday, May 5, and Sunday, May 7. Graphic novels are 40 percent off; back issues and $1 books are half off; wall books, posters, games and art are 20 percent off; statues and toys are 25 percent off; and Funko Pops and supplies are 30 percent off. Visit thepopculturecompany.com.
Third Planet, 2718 Southwest Freeway, 713-528-1067: The self-described "second oldest, best-stocked comic, sci-fi, collectibles shop in the United States" always participates in this event. Visit third-planet.com.
Watchtower Comics, 12303 Westheimer, Suite J, 832-617-8846: Well, the lines were out the door last week when Claudio Sanchez, lead singer of Coheed and Cambria (and creator of Amory Wars and Kill Audio), made a special appearance at Watchtower. Watchtower is turning on the coffee pot and will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, so grab a friend and come out. Visit wtcomics.com.