Free Comic Book Day is a special day, on Saturday May 3rd, in which retailers give away free comics in order to promote comic book reading. Most stores participate on the day and often hold events and sales to coincide with the giving away of free comics.
This is a directory for these events in Australia so you can find one near you. This is an ever-growing directory so check regularly for updates.
New South Wales
FREE COMIC BOOKS
- Everybody gets a free* comic book showbag on the day, no purchase necessary.
- Every 1 in 10 showbags gets a LUCKY DIP graphic novel prize!
- To claim your comic book, head to our Comics Information Counter.
* Selected titles, while stocks last. Offer is available in store only at Books Kinokuniya Sydney.
20% OFF ALL GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA
- Includes Nobrow titles, Chinese and Japanese titles.
- Valid for one day only, not in conjunction with any other offer.
- Showcasing some of our best Australian talent, here is your opportunity to meet the writers and artists behind the comic books!
- Artist line-up so far:
Sorab del Rio & Don Ticchio
Jon Sommariva aka Red J
COSPLAY COMPETITION @ The Galeries (brought to you by Madman)
- Winners will be judged by peoples’ choice, so YOU decide who wins!
- Photos of cosplayers as taken by our Kino photographer on the day will be uploaded to our Facebook page. The cosplayer with the MOST LIKES in each category wins 1st prize, and the following cosplayer with the most likes receives the runner up prize.
- 1st prize:
$100 Kinokuniya voucher
$100 Madman voucher
Madman prize pack
- Runner up prize:
$50 Kinokuniya voucher
$50 Madman voucher
Madman prize pack
- To enter, head to our COSPLAY AREA on the mezzanine area of Lvl 1 at The Galeries on the day and submit in one of the following 3 categories:
BEST FEMALE COSPLAYER
BEST MALE COSPLAYER
BEST UNDER 12 COSPLAYER
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY JOHN FLANAGAN
Author of bestselling Ranger’s Apprenctice and Brotherband series will be in store for his only Sydney signing!
Book 4 of the Brotherband series, Slaves of Socorro, is out May 1.
The Comic Shop
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm
Address: 10A/170 George Street, Liverpool NSW 2170
Telephone: 02 9601 2622
Opening Hours: 9am-6pm
Address: 310 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 9267 5615
All Star Comics
“FAMILY ONLY” first hour of trading between 9am-10am from last year to help families beat the rush and also see the return of the KIDS ONLY FREE COMIC SHOWBAGS!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ALL STAR COSTUME CONTEST where we invite you to don a costume and head in to the store to help share the comic joy on the streets of Melbourne and perhaps win a All Star Gift Voucher.
ALL STAR COMICS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ARTIST ALLEY THANKS TO 1000 £ Bend CAFE. This year our unbelievable line up of over 30 of the most talented local talent will be drawing FREE sketches for you in the comfort and wonderful surroundings of 1000 Pound Bent Cafe around the corner at 361 LT LONSDALE STREET.
And of course, most importantly. FREE COMICS!
Opening Hours: 9am-5pm
Address: Shop 7/ 50 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
Telephone: (03) 9663-7210
We’d like to announce that Dean Rankine (Simpsons/Futurama) and Michael Bradshaw (co-host of Whatcha Podcast and regular Clerks Choice artist) will be part of the festivities this year.
Comics’R’Us – CBD
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm
Address: Level 1, 220 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Telephone: (03) 9663 8666
We have participated in Free Comic Book Day for the last 12 years and this year we anticipate giving away thousands of comics at our Bourke Street store. We encourage people to come in costume, especially the kids who are our main focus on the day.
Comics’R’Us – Windsor
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm
Address: 114 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC
Telephone: (03) 9510 1584
We encourage people to come in costume, especially the kids who are our main focus on the day.
Gifts for the Geek
Opening Hours: 9:30am-6pm
Address: 155 Ryrie Street Geelong Vic
Telephone: (03) 5229 3630
Free comics and good times!
Opening Hours: 9am-5pm
Address: 1 Shepperd Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350
Telephone: (03) 5334 4764
Free comics, raffle, costume contests, meet and greet with author and illustrator of “That Bullet-proof Kid”, panel discussion on writing comics, balloon give aways, Kryal Castle knight in shining armour…. mayhem and madness – nothing else will do!
Opening Hours: 9:30am-5pm
Address: Shop 1 / 12 Robinson Rd, Rockingham Western Australia, 6168
Telephone: (08) 9592 5580
Free comics and great times!